November 4, 2012 |
The Fiddler on Pantico Run: An African Warrior, His White Descendants, a Search for Family Joe Mozingo Free Press: 304 pp, $25.99 Joe Mozingo's captivating debut, "The Fiddler on Pantico Run: An African Warrior, His White Descendants, a Search for Family," had the luxury of slowly developing as a series in the Los Angeles Times before being rewritten in book form. One wonders why more books don't start out like this, because the nonfiction story unfolds like an adventure novel.
April 1, 2012 |
My assignment: Read almost 300 literary biographies in more than 800 pages, all of English-language authors, beginning in the 17th century and ending in the present day. "That's like reading a reference book!" said a shocked friend. Yes, but no: Every entry in "Lives of the Novelists" is written by just one person, British critic John Sutherland, so the book has an internal continuity that makes it read like history, not an encyclopedia. And Sutherland's writing is just plain delightful.
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August 15, 2011 |
A drawing by Rembrandt was stolen from an exhibit at a luxury hotel in Marina del Rey over the weekend in what authorities called a carefully planned heist. The small pen-and-ink drawing, valued at more than $250,000, was taken from the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey during an exhibit Saturday night. Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators said a man working with accomplices is believed responsible. After reviewing hotel surveillance footage, detectives believe the theft of the artwork from a private exhibit in the hotel was well orchestrated, Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said.
March 29, 2011 |
The Getty Museum is the first museum in North America to agree to return a painting to the heir of Jacques Goudstikker, a noted Dutch-Jewish art dealer whose huge collection was dispersed after he fled the 1940 Nazi invasion of Holland, with many of the prime works taken for the personal collection of Adolf Hitler's chief deputy, Hermann Goering. The museum's two-paragraph announcement Monday said it had bought "Landscape With Cottage and Figures," painted around 1640 by Pieter Molijn, "in good faith" at a 1972 auction.
August 29, 2010 |
This 2-year-old house inspired by the historic homes of Belgium feels as if it could be sitting in the countryside rather than in a Santa Monica neighborhood just blocks from the boutiques on Montana Avenue. The house, completed in 2008, is constructed with 17th century limestone floors, Belgian bluestone details, elaborate ironwork and refitted antique doors. The living room, which features a fireplace with a floor-to-ceiling stone face, has twin sets of iron doors that open to a cobblestone courtyard and fountain.
November 25, 2009
Want to try something different and interesting for Thanksgiving? A beautiful floral Alsatian Gewürztraminer like this one can hold its own with the myriad flavors of the holiday table. Spicy and a touch sweet, the 2007 Albert Mann Gewürztraminer has a lithe acidity and a fresh, delightful finish. This inexpensive beauty comes from one of Alsace's top estates and a family of winegrowers whose history goes back to the 17th century. If you want to spend a bit more money, look for the estate's grand cru Gewürztraminer "Furstentum.