New York City: Film, Popular Imagination, Literature, Ideology

Max Page, The City’s End Yale, 2008)

Page, professor of architecture and history, charts the evolution of fears in films, literature, art works, video games, amusement park rides.

He draws on theories of Spengler and Susan Sontag and others.

The enduring cultural significance of New York City in our collective consciousness.

At the same time, an account of our enduring desire to envision its demise: “No place looks better destroyed than New York.”

Levy: Los Angeles?

Since the 19th century, NYC has been the locus of America, accompanied by pride as well as apocalyptic anxieties