The Last Great Road Bum. By Héctor Tobar. [UCI professor of Chicano/Latino studies] Tobar’s novel is a departure, and an innovation: the story of Joe Sanderson, a Midwesterner who ended up dying in El Salvador after joining the rebel forces in the country’s civil war. … the book asks trenchant questions about imagination, appropriation and where, or whether, we belong. … Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties. By Mike Davis and Jon Wiener. Davis … and UC Irvine emeritus professor Wiener frame the city as a complex amalgam of communities and agendas ….

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