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This is proving to be one of those books that brings together a lot of old friends. There are references to James W. Loewen and Frederic Jameson and Walter Benjamin.
Loewen, of course, is contemporary and accessible. I can't recommend enough his Lies My Teacher Told Me and Lies Across America.
Jameson is less accessible, but then he is a theorist more than a commentator, imho.
Even before Dickey mentioned Walter Benjamin, I distinctly felt his influence -- his spirit? -- from The Arcades Project, a good portion of which I read in grad school. I still have his Reflections, one of the texts for that particular (and particularly annoying) class, because the texts were far better than the instructor. (Yes, I'm lookin' at you, Arthur Sabatini.)
I've reached the part in Ghostland that deals with haunted cities, and it's almost impossible not to have a slideshow of abandoned Detroit buildings running through my imagination.