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Real Places: An Unconventional Guide to America's Generic Landscape
by Grady Clay
In Real Places, Grady Clay presents the American landscape in a completely fresh and untypical way. Rather than look at locations, he studies constructed, imaginative sites. Clay explores the fascination of "Fall Color Country," or "Lover's Lane." What draws people to these "generic" landscapes and keeps them coming back literally and figuratively time and time again? Real ...more
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Read Real Places alongside a Field Guide to Sprawl and you will get a view of a country rapidly remaking itself with cell towers, parking lots, malls, condos, and prisons -- rapidly remaking itself with a myriad of landscapes we haven’t yet named. What Grady Clay shows us in Real Places is just how many zones of use and abandonment we have, how many different ways we have to settle and sell, mine and move. These two books --Real Places and A Field Guide to Sprawl -- give a name to the places we ...more