July 30, 1989 |
As the students hiked into the Santa Monica Mountains toward Eagle Rock, they stopped to study the rocks, the clouds and a horned lizard, the size of a quarter, that could have starred in a movie called "Honey, I Shrunk the Stegosaurus." From time to time, a student dropped behind, pulled a journal from pocket or backpack and scribbled a paragraph or two. One student wrote a mini-essay about life and death, inspired by a patch of dead buckwheat.
September 27, 2009 |
It's not unusual for Amy Gerstler to trip down the street from her house to mine bearing gifts: a ripe avocado, a jar of martini olives, an article of interest, a plastic Cupid the length of my thumbnail. Today, she meets me outside with a book she wants me to see -- John D'Agata's eclectic "The Lost Origins of the Essay" -- and, because I asked, a mock-up of the cover of her new collection of poetry, "Dearest Creature" (Penguin: 96 pp., $18 paper). The image, of a diorama created by local artist Marnie Weber, brings to mind one of those Hidden Pictures puzzles in Highlights magazine, where you're supposed to find the objects that don't belong.
April 17, 2011
Words & Ideas Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. SUNDAY Leo Braudy : The author of "The Hollywood Sign: Fantasy and Reality of an American Icon" will discuss and sign his new book. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 5 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175. Reyna Grande : The author of the novels "Across a Hundred Mountains" and "Dancing With Butterflies" will discuss and sign her books. Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, L.A. 2 p.m. Free with paid museum admission.
April 12, 1992 |
Up to six of Los Angeles' midsize arts groups will be selected next month for the Arts Organization Stabilization Initiative, a new grants program operated by the city's Cultural Affairs Department and the county's Music and Performing Arts Commission. The pilot program, in the planning stages for nearly a year, will offer a one-time, five-year grant to groups with budgets of $100,000-$800,000 who present multicultural, avant-garde or culturally specific work (from underserved communities).
January 28, 1992 |
Art--visual, literary or otherwise--is nowadays seldom produced to please. Instead, artists working at the forefront often attempt to unsettle, offend and sometimes even outrage their audience. Hard work, when you stop to think that they must compete for those responses against powerful images from so-called real life.
June 16, 1991 |
At the first Santa Monica College Writers' Conference in 1987, Jim Krusoe, one of the co-founders of the fiction workshop, watched uncomfortably as author Ann Beattie reduced a young student to tears by harshly criticizing her manuscript. "Ann was real cruel, I think, about this woman's writing," said Krusoe, a creative-writing instructor at the college for more than 11 years.