March 5, 2006 |
WHEN I was an art student, all Sturm und Drang and torn fishnets, Lawrence Weschler's "Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees," a study of Los Angeles artist Robert Irwin, inspired me to tape a number of long pieces of yarn between my bed, desk, floor and ceiling. As I recall, I was interested in defamiliarizing the relationship between my body and my room.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1986
Thank you, Lawrence Weschler, for pointing out the complete apathy with which the media treated four American war veterans on hunger strike to protest American military involvement in Nicaragua. With the passing of each day, a Medal of Honor winner, Charley Liteky, and war veterans George Mizo, Brian Willson and Duncan Murphy were moving silently toward death. While the television cameras continue to report the movements of Nicholas Daniloff--including a recent stop at Disney World and the details of his new publishing contract--the press at large has ignored the plight of four brave prisoners of conscience, their lives and voices slipping from all of us as they kept their vigil on the steps of our nation's Capitol.
January 13, 2006 |
It used to be so simple. There was fiction and there was nonfiction. Then, with the publication of Mary Karr's memoir "The Liars' Club" and Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes" in the mid-1990s, nonfiction burst at the seams. So began the parsing, the long division of nonfiction into memoir, creative nonfiction and personal essay. Nonfiction, tethered to reality, bore the burden of proof. Fiction, footloose, unaccountable, all but withered away.
January 14, 2007 |
IN his 1998 essay "L.A. Glows," Lawrence Weschler described the "incredible stability" of the air in Southern California, a phenomenon that has everything to do with thermal inversion, the way the mountains trap ocean breezes in the L.A. Basin beneath desert currents from the east. It's a terrific detail, scientific and yet at the same time cultural, and I couldn't help remembering while reading David Carle's "Introduction to Air in California" (University of California Press: 250 pp., $16.
October 20, 2002 |
This is Dave Eggers country. Two hundred people -- that's a mob for a literary reading -- packed the Berkeley bookstore where he debuted his new book this month. "Any of my old neighbors here?" he asked. Hands shot up. He smiled, dark eyes crinkling, dark hair so tightly curled it stood up. "He was darker when I knew him -- I mean inside," a gray-bearded man in the back murmured. At City Lights in North Beach, fans filled three rooms and a balcony.
March 2, 1993
Los Angeles Times coverage of last year's riots and a series on the Soviet nuclear legacy have won George Polk awards for excellence in journalism. The awards are among the most highly regarded journalistic prizes. Coverage of the riots won in the category of local reporting. "Most of the city staff fanned out across South-Central Los Angeles bravely detailing the violence stirred by the Rodney King verdict," a statement announcing the prize noted.