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Water & Power
Poetry. WATER & POWER was the original title of the film Chinatown, referring to the utility department that caused so much devastation to the Owens River: a fitting title for Standard Schaefer's second book and its many thematic overlaps with the film. Schaefer draws on documentary materials, journals, biographies, Hollywood myth and the literature of the American Wes ...more
Paperback, 84 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Agincourt Press
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One of my favorite profs wrote a book where he said the truth of the West is found in the twist of the radio dial that takes you from country & western to fire & brimstone, barstool to church pew, two-step to sermon, wreck and redemption and back to wreck again: the twin poles of California Okie life. Schaefer’s approach to California in Water & Power is kind of like that, locking into frequencies from “banjo ripples” to Robinson Jeffers, Spanish alcaldes to “dandy lions bobbysocking ...more
While I don't think this is quite as good, as a whole, as Nova, there is, not surprisingly, lots of wonderful wordplay in here. The west through Schaefer's eye is something totally unapproachable, but also right next door.