September 26, 2010 |
When the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig disaster sent a torrent of toxic oil into the Gulf of Mexico, there was at least one person — sitting at the moment in a federal penitentiary in Colorado — briskly penning, "I told you so. " Failures of technology don't get much bigger than this, and Theodore Kaczynski, whose murderous, 17-year revolution against technology as the Unabomber got him sentenced to life in prison, couldn't...
August 18, 2002 |
As corporate publishing grows ever more corporate, the specialized work of nonfiction, the photography volume that beckons to a certain rarefied taste, the historical work that explores, let's say, areas of less than burning interest to a vast reading public are all less likely to find support at major houses.
July 27, 2003 |
The men's magazines surveyed in Adam Parfrey's "It's a Man's World" had their effulgence during the first long leg of the Cold War. Their evolution, reflected in the feverishly vivid illustrations Parfrey has assembled, is readily linked to notions of masculinity that seemed firmly in place throughout World War II and embattled ever after.
July 7, 2005 |
They're banned on EBay and would probably be frowned upon by the U.S. government. Nevertheless, a pair of Osama bin Laden propaganda posters make up some of the odd and controversial artifacts for sale at publisher Adam Parfrey's exhibition this month at the Ghettogloss Gallery in Silver Lake.
August 19, 2007 |
Earlier this summer, almost 100 psychedelic music fans, subculture aficionados, students of the occult and local literati climbed the flower-petal-strewn steps of publisher couple Jodi Wille and Adam Parfrey's Silver Lake home for a salon celebrating the upcoming publication of "The Source: The Untold Story of Father Yod, YaHoWa 13 and the Source Family" (Process), the definitive history of a mystical cult that thrived in Los Angeles between 1970 and 1974.
August 9, 2009 |
Her closet may have been full of designer dresses, but Sharon Tate was a flower child all the way down to her toes. Most comfortable barefoot, she used to skirt the "shoes required" laws in snooty late '60s Beverly Hills by looping leather string around her toes and across the tops of her feet, and then tying the ends around her ankles. Voila: sandals. Even the Malibu Barbie doll, said to be inspired by the actress and her bikini-clad character, Malibu, from the 1967 beach comedy "Don't Make Waves," was barefoot in her box. Details like these seem trivial when held up against the events of Aug. 9, 1969, when Tate, 26 years old and eight months pregnant with her husband Roman Polanski's child, was murdered by Charles Manson's followers in her Benedict Canyon home.