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In Smog and Thunder: Historical Works from the Great War of the Californias

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What if the rivalry between San Francisco and Los Angeles erupted into civil war? Drawing on images and icons of contemporary culture as well as European and Latin American art history, Sandow Birk's paintings reflect a meditation on cultural identity, nationality, and history. The book comes with a CD of songs from this imagined war and features 16 pages of new posters.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Last Gasp of San Francisco
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Scott Frank
May 28, 2014 Scott Frank rated it it was amazing
BRILLIANT. A must-read for anyone who has lived in Los Angeles or San Francisco. The battle between NorCal and SoCal treated literally, with Napoleonic-era war paintings depicting the heroes and battles. I think I need to say this again: brilliant.
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Sep 13, 2009 Christian Lipski rated it really liked it
A museum catalog of paintings recording the events of the great war between SF and LA. I am a sucker for alternate history. It's a little tongue in cheek, but it's also very allegorical, as most historical paintings were. There are legitimate reviews of the show at the end of the book, AND! a CD with an audioguide for the exhibit.
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