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ELADATL : a history of the East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport Lines / Sesshu Foster & Arturo Ernesto Romo.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Moorhead Public Library FOS (Text) 33500013387048 New Checked out 05/19/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780872867703
  • ISBN: 0872867706
  • Physical Description: 317 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: San Francisco, CA : City Lights Books, [2020]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Sky city -- Chicken man -- They said someone will come -- Kraken attacks and destroys L.A. zeppelins -- Following years without communications from downtown, This was what our agents reported -- Dear swirling alhambra -- Long light of afternoon -- The famous TV show -- So our best efforts were undone -- The last to know -- Dear swirling alhambra -- Ball lightning and the general hospital -- What Is the purpose of mystery: interview with Oscar Zeta Acosta -- Interview with Juan Fish -- Interview with the Virgin Defacer -- Fly the East L.A. Dirigible Transport Lines -- ZAD manifesto.
Summary, etc.:
"In the early years of the twentieth-century, the use of airships known as dirigibles - some as large as one thousand feet long - was being promulgated in Southern California by a semi-clandestine lighter-than-air movement. Groups like the East LA Balloon Club and the Bessie Coleman Aero Club were hard at work to revolutionize travel in the pre-apocalyptic Southwest, with an aim to literally lift oppressed people out of racism and poverty. ELADATL tells the story of this little-known period of American air travel in a series of overlapping narratives told by key figures, accompanied by a number of historic photographs and recently discovered artifacts, with appendices provided to fill in the missing links. The story of the rise and fall of this ill-fated airship movement investigates its long-buried history, replete with heroes, villains, and moments of astonishing triumph and terrifying disaster. Written and presented as an "actual history of a fictional company," this surrealist, experimental novel is a tour de force of politicized fantastic fiction, a work of hybrid art-making distilled into a truly original literary form. Developed over a ten-year period of collaborations, community interventions, and staged performances, ELADATL is a furiously hilarious send-up of academic histories, mainstream narratives, and any traditional notions of the time-space continuum"-- Provided by publisher.
Author Notes

Sesshu Foster has taught composition and literature in East L.A. for 20 years. He's also taught writing at the University of Iowa, the California Institute for the Arts and the University of California, Santa Cruz. His work has been published in The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry, Language for a New Century: Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond, and State of the Union: 50 Political Poems. His most recent books are Atomik Aztex, a novel; World Ball Notebook, poetry; and City of the Future, poetry (2018). He lives in Alhambra, CA.

Arturo Ernesto Romo-Santillano was born in Los Angeles, California in 1980. His artwork, mostly collaborative mixed media works but also drawing, has been circulated internationally. Fluency, agency and folly are central themes in his practice; he sees his artwork as a companion multiplier, folding folds, netting nets. His art-making is pushed through explorations on the streets of East and North East Los Angeles, which feed into an ongoing series of collaborations with writer Sesshu Foster. He lives in Alhambra, CA.

Subject: Imaginary organizations > Fiction.
Airships > Fiction.
Air travel > Fiction.
Air travel.
Imaginary organizations.
Genre: Fiction.
Alternative histories (Fiction)
Humorous fiction.

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