December 23, 2009 |
I was going to bring something to the office for the holidays the other day. I pulled out my mother's baking sheets and thought, but only for a moment, that I should make a couple dozen chocolate chip cookies, straight from the recipe on the bag of chocolate chips, just as my mother did every year at Christmas. I didn't. You can't serve your nostalgia that way. Only in memory. I remember that when I was a boy, my mother was the best cook in the neighborhood. Lots of sons remember their mother's cooking as being the best.
August 25, 1996 |
As someone who studies and writes about the relationship between ordinary places and everyday life, I felt vindicated by "Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir." Finally, a book as complicated as the suburbs themselves. The author, D. J. Waldie, raises their interpretation to a new level of art and understanding. Snobs say, "The suburbs are disgustingly boring." Populists respond, "This is what people want."
June 27, 2004 |
In essayist D.J. Waldie, the Plains of Id have found a voice. The Plains of Id: That is what Reyner Banham called the suburbanized flatlands of Los Angeles County in his classic 1971 study, "Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies," as if to suggest this region was a vast and submerged steppe, brooding and inchoate, subconscious in its knowledge of itself, resentful of the more glittery possibilities of the upscale communities aligning its borders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2000 |
California Book Award-winning author D.J. Waldie will speak about his work at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Orange Main Library, 101 N. Center St. The event is free. Reservations: (714) 288-2410.
April 22, 2012
Panel: History — City of Angels When: 11:30 a.m. Sunday Where: Seeley G. Mudd building at USC Who: Leo Braudy, John Buntin, Steve J. Ross, D.J. Waldie, moderated by Richard Rayner
June 22, 2004
D.J. Waldie's June 18 commentary, "Crash of Symbols, and Then Nothing," was inspired. The controversy surrounding the tiny cross on the Los Angeles County seal is really about intolerance. This tiny cross does nothing to establish religion. The cross memorializes our Spanish heritage and the brave Christian missionaries who, under the direction of Padre Junipero Serra and Padre Fermin Lausen, established 21 missions stretching from San Diego to San Francisco. The effort to remove the cross is part of a nationwide campaign by the American Civil Liberties Union to remove any vestige of Christian symbolism from the public arena.