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September 18, 2011 | By D.J. Waldie, For the Los Angeles Times
In September 1945, under a pall of ocher smog and summer heat, Los Angeles entered the postwar world. The city then was bigger, wealthier and more diverse than ever. Its established people — mostly past middle age and conservative, a few who were really rich — still had the narrowness of the Midwest towns from which many of them had come in the 1920s. The city's new people — Okies and Arkies, black Southerners, and white ethnics — had arrived with the war. Few of them had much interest in art. Of course, there was art in Los Angeles they could have seen.
August 31, 2011 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
Despite signs of dangerous fractures among the Libyan rebels who ousted Moammar Kadafi, the United States and its European allies have ruled out a significant nation-building role or major infusions of aid to the postwar government in Tripoli. The moves toward disengagement reflect the allies' desire to scale back after a 5 1/2-month air war that strained their militaries and treasuries, and exposed their leaders to criticism at home. The United States, France and Britain were the leading participants in the NATO campaign.
April 23, 2011 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Richard C. "Dick" Dunn, leader of a Los Angeles commercial real estate dynasty, has died. He was 84. Dunn, who was widely viewed as the dean of the region's commercial property brokers in his role at the Charles Dunn Co., died April 15 from an inoperable brain hemorrhage at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, according to his family. He took part in the booming real estate market in Southern California after World War II and continued to work until his death. Dunn helped assemble, sell or lease some of region's best-known commercial properties.
March 28, 2011 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Like Hollywood in the 1970s, with its queasy procession of upside-down ships, crippled airplanes and towering infernos, postwar Japanese popular culture has had a taste for disaster. The sublimely cheesy, enormously popular "Godzilla" films launched in the 1950s depicted a dinosaur-like monster, spawned by underwater nuclear detonations, crashing through the streets of Tokyo. The popular 1973 novel "Japan Sinks" envisions the island nation being physically split in two by a combined earthquake-tsunami.
December 20, 2010 | By Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Nights were the worst. In September 2008, Tony Judt was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a neurodegenerative condition that attacks first the arms and legs, then the breathing and speech of its victims. By December, Judt had lost the use of his hands; in March 2009, he was confined to a wheelchair and by May he needed a mask with tubes pumping air to stimulate his diaphragm to help him breathe. But the excruciating solitude and insomnia made his nights unbearable.
October 20, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles poster artist Robbie Conal and his wife, movie and television title designer Deborah Ross, have listed their Gregory Ain-designed home in Mar Vista for $1,149,000. The 1,857-square-foot house is one of the largest in a development of 52 so-called "Modernique Homes," which strove to combine good design and low-cost housing in the postwar years. Conal and Ross were both interested in the Ain homes before they met in 1987. "They were designed with a romantically progressive ideal of everyday social interaction, including contiguous ?
August 8, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Tony Judt, a leading historian of postwar Europe and outspoken political essayist who also wrote movingly about his struggle with Lou Gehrig's disease, has died. He was 62. Judt, who was a history professor at New York University, died Friday at his home in Manhattan of complications from the disease, the university announced. In 2005, his career reached its zenith with the publication of "Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945," a hefty book that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
August 5, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
L.W. "Bill" Lane Jr., a pioneering environmentalist and philanthropist who as the onetime co-owner and publisher of Sunset magazine helped define the postwar lifestyle of the American West, has died. He was 90. Lane, who also served as a U.S. ambassador, died Saturday at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto of respiratory failure after a brief illness, said a family spokeswoman. "For the second half of the 20th century, he was a very important value maker and taste maker for the American West," said Kevin Starr, a USC professor and former state librarian who worked with Lane on state cultural projects.
May 23, 2010 | By Mark Lamster, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Leo and His Circle The Life of Leo Castelli Annie Cohen-Solal Translated from the French by Mark Polizzotti Alfred A. Knopf: 544 pp., $35 The ascension of New York gallerist Jeffrey Deitch to the Museum of Contemporary Art's helm has occasioned considerable art-world hand-wringing as to the collapsing space between the market and the museum. Of course, these two zones have really never been separate. The dealer Joseph Duveen was the invisible hand responsible for building museum collections across the United States in the first half of the 20th century.
April 27, 2010 | Times wire services
British writer Alan Sillitoe, whose "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" and "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" chronicled the bleak postwar realities of Britain's poor, died Sunday. He was 82. The writer's son, David, said his father had died at London's Charing Cross Hospital but gave no other details. Sillitoe, a leading member of the 1950s group of so-called angry young men of British fiction, was acclaimed for his uncompromising social criticism and depiction of domestic tensions — often dubbed kitchen-sink dramas.
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