Saturday, February 23, 2008

Southern California's Oil Era

Southern California: the Kuwait of the Jazz Age?In the wake of Paul Thomas Anderson's excellent movie There will be blood, Eric Schlosser, owner of the film rights to Upton Sinclair's novel Oil! discusses the history and influence of the oil industry in Southern California with the NYT. From the making of oil dynasties to political swindling and corruption, to oil and real estate feeding on each other, the NYT's Q&A is a snapshot of how 1920s' Southern California shaped America's car culture and suburban sprawl.
Above: Huntington Beach in the 1920s & suburban Long Beach today.
illustrations: City of Huntington Beach's website &