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What’s changed in Southern California since the last century? Everything.

What’s changed in Southern California since the last century? Everything.

| March 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Look deeply into this landscape image. You might well think it is a dreamscape of Eden, or, perhaps, a fantasia of Devon. The original was painted by an English watercolor landscape painter and illustrator, Sutton Palmer (1854-1933). The painting is Palmer’s painting of the verdant, gentle landscape of Glendale, California, around 1913. It is one […]

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Home Ground: ‘Walter Hopps Hopps Hopps’ and the making of L.A.’s contemporary art scene

Home Ground: ‘Walter Hopps Hopps Hopps’ and the making of L.A.’s contemporary art scene

| January 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Three point six miles separate Larchmont Boulevard and 736 La Cienega Blvd. My computer computes that this trip along Melrose Ave. would take, I suppose in some alternate universe, 15 minutes. In 1957, when the artist Ed Kienholz found “a big barnlike artist’s studio with high ceilings and whitewashed walls, in the back half of […]

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The missing house of America’s ‘most dangerous architect’

The missing house of America’s ‘most dangerous architect’

| September 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

He was a proven and inveterate liar before he was elected to high office; Roy Cohn was his trusted advisor; and his fellow Republicans were loath to denounce him before he wreaked havoc on the country. Joseph McCarthy’s early 1950s reign of terror in the U.S. Senate zoomed straight to Los Angeles and swallowed Hollywood […]

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God’s work: Frank Lloyd Wright, quintessential American modernist

God’s work: Frank Lloyd Wright, quintessential American modernist

| August 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

The first time I became aware of the stunning power of architecture, I was 17 and walked into the terra-cotta cocoon of Grady Gammage Auditorium in Tempe, AZ. The building sparked a life-long interest in architecture, “the great mother art,” as Frank Lloyd Wright called it. Wright used 57 shades of terra-cotta in the auditorium. He […]

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HOME GROUND: The stories cookbooks tell

HOME GROUND: The stories cookbooks tell

| October 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s easy to take old cookbooks for granted, easier still to think they have no value for other than a hot dish of nostalgia at the Thanksgiving table. But hidden within them are elements of culture, history, chemistry, politics, technology, economics, and fashion. Their recipes are part of the world’s autobiography. The 1933 Palatists Book […]

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M.F.K. Fisher writer in residence in the neighborhood

M.F.K. Fisher writer in residence in the neighborhood

| September 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

The writer M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992) seems to be best remembered as a “food” writer, known especially for celebrating the terroir and everyday triumphs of the gastronomy of Provence. But there is much more to her life, and much more to the writer about whom W.H. Auden in 1963 said: “I do not know of anyone […]

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