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.
August 16, 2001
For its annual fund-raiser, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture will host a daylong self-driven tour of five homes designed by noted Modernist architect R.M. Schindler, three of which have been recently renovated. The buildings include the Kings Road House and Studio (1921), Elliot House (1930), Yates Studio (1938), Gold House (1941) and Rodriguez House (1942).
February 9, 2002
Is D.J. Waldie joking ("New Flood Control Rules Muddy the Local Waters," Commentary, Feb. 4)? He thinks that it is too expensive for the cities to stop trash from washing into the ocean? I walk several blocks every evening to my gym and carry a bag to pick up trash. It's pathetic that our citizens throw their trash in the streets. This problem does not require a high-tech, expensive solution. It's a matter of educating the public. I suggest we start by educating our children in the schools.
November 11, 1998
A writer and a poet in the Los Angeles area are among the 10 winners of the 1998 Whiting Writers' Awards. D.J. Waldie, who writes nonfiction and lives in Lakewood, and poet Charles Harper Webb of Long Beach each will receive $30,000. Whiting awards are intended "to seek out, acknowledge and encourage outstanding talent at the early stage of a career when such recognition and support is most critical," according to Barbara Bristol, director of the writers' program of the Mrs.
August 2, 2010
POP MUSIC Ferraby Lionheart The folksy singer-songwriter, who has sown his musical oats in both L.A. and Nashville, celebrates the release of his sophomore long player, "The Jack of Hearts," which hits stores Tuesday. Expect an ambient evening of longing-filled story songs and deft country-infused instrumentation, including soon-to-be hits "Harry & Bess" and "Arkansas." Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., Echo Park. 8:30 p.m. Free. (213) 389-3856. http://www.bootlegtheater.
March 15, 2005
Regarding "A Stroll Through Nature's City" [March 8]: Here in Glassell Park, almost at Mt. Washington's peak, one can, in a minute, be enveloped in the urban or rustic that surrounds us. During my three running days a week, it takes even less time: the sudden appearance of a coyote, a glimpse of a soaring red-tail hawk, the clanking of a sanitation truck. I thought Robert Frost was the sine qua non of such writing until I experienced D.J. Waldie's paean. It washed over and surrounded me like a "friendly" tsunami.
October 24, 2010 |
As a boy, I paged through the old Renie Atlas of Los Angeles streets and later the Thomas Guide. The fact that there was a map linking my Lakewood neighborhood to the vast grid of Los Angeles made my suburban location more real to me. I naively assumed that the maps didn't lie. I expected to see avenues pointing due north and south and major streets going east and west. That's how nearly all cities were laid out in the West, unless an accident of coastline or unsuitable ground prevented it. But not Los Angeles, whose heart was made crooked.
October 4, 2011 |
We need your L.A. book picks - not just great books but books that will clue a newcomer in to this place, physically and socially, its past, present and future. As part of our ever-growing Southern California Close-Ups project, we're pulling together a list of volumes that speak volumes about Los Angeles - maybe 50 books, maybe more. We've already opened fiction debate on a previous post (see below). Now, here are the beginnings of our nonfiction list, in no particular order.