Norm, You Almost Lost Me

There’s a reason I don’t usually read overly long introductions to books — especially nonfictionals — I’m about to embark on and Norman M. Klein in his preface to his “The History of Forgetting” definitely had me rolling my eyes almost had me saying “Forget about it!” at several points, such as this one:

“In the first section, I employ the term social imaginary, but not in the Lacanian or post-Hegelian sense, which seemed too elusive for research on urban planning…”

Lacanian or post-Hegelian? Elusive is right. Get the flock outta here! Sure, I can Google Lacan and Hegel and perhaps broaden my mind a bit as to who the hell these people are/were, but while I’m deciding whether or not to do that Klein damn well better shake lose all that arcanity in the intro because if he starts spouting such dry academentia around in the bulk of the book I’m gonna forget about “Forgetting” real quick.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."