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.
HOME & GARDEN
November 1, 2007 |
DIANE KEATON and D.J. Waldie are uncertain where to begin. It's an awkward moment at the end of an easy hour-and-a-half conversation about architecture, romance and modernism. She's self-conscious, and he's busy trying to set her at ease. Scattered across a large conference table in an equally large conference room in Lakewood are copies of photographs from the book they have spent nearly two years working on. "I really don't want to do this," she says.
January 27, 2003 |
It's lunchtime, and nearly every stool is taken at Happy Jack's Pie N' Burgers on the edge of downtown Bakersfield. A shoe salesman digs into a bowl of homemade chili. A couple of architects devour thick, juicy hamburgers. Their buddy orders a peanut-butter-and-chocolate pie, the house specialty, to take back to work. Frances Rosales, the proprietor, cuts it into a dozen slices. She finishes, and asks: "May I have everybody's attention?
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
HOME & GARDEN
May 1, 2003
D.J. Waldie, in his paean to Lakewood and the nostalgia of the '50s suburban fantasy ("Finding Humility and a Kind of Paradise," April 24), left out one particularly ugly fact regarding the dark side of that fantasy: Minorities were not permitted to purchase homes in Lakewood until the mid- to late '60s. Developers engaged in a deliberate, systemic policy of racial exclusion. He says, "My neighborhood in 1950 was the place where the suburban stories of L.A. were first mass-produced. They were stories then for displaced Okies and Arkies, Jews who knew the pain of exclusion, Catholics who thought they did and anyone white with a steady job."