By Jim Miller
As go with the flow uncovers the hidden previous of this southwestern mecca--a heritage inhabited by means of the likes of Emma Goldman, Henry Miller, project Indians, and Theosophists--it captures the underlying vacancy and unease of San Diego circa 2000. Blake performs the postmodern fl?neur in a theme-park urban, drifting with the poetic eye of Baudelaire and the severe sensibilities of Walter Benjamin and the Situationist avant-garde. Depicting the intercourse, medicinal drugs, and demise present in the borderlands, writer Jim Miller portrays a urban the place cultures occasionally conflict yet extra frequently cross each other nearly totally unaffected.
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In the bookstore, they didn’t have much but glossy picture books and old copies of the local history journal. Joe leafed through a few issues: Japanese immigrants in the tuna industry, the history of Chicano Park, the Gaslamp’s past as a red light district, black theaters in the 920s, San Diego as a Health Resort, the IWW and the free speech movement, Marcuse at UCSD, the navy during World War II. Maybe he could Xerox a few of these for his students. Joe bought the journals and went downstairs to look at the archives.
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