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A big one is up to bat in Christopher Hawthorne's reading club! From the Times architecture critic: "This month Reading L.A. arrives at a major milestone: "Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies," written by the British architectural historian and critic Reyner Banham and published in 1971. As it turns 40 this year, the book remains -- with Carey McWilliams' 1946 "Southern California: As Island on the Land" and Mike Davis' 1990 "City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles" -- among the few volumes to grasp the city in all its urban and architectural complexity. Davis called it "the textbook on Los Angeles." [LAT]