COUNTRY: PORTRAITS OF AN AMERICAN SOUND AT THE ANNENBERG

I’m a country western fan from way back. In the ‘70s, I hitch-hiked to Nashville to eat at Merchants Lunch, troll the record bins at Ernest Tubb’s, and drink at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, the iconic bar in which Willie Nelson reputedly wrote “Crazy.” I’ve been to shows at the Ryman Auditorium, former home of the […]

THE SECRET STAIRS OF SILVER LAKE AND ECHO PARK

Charles Fleming is an L.A.-based journalist and author. Recently he agreed to sit down and tell the story of his best-selling urban trekking guide Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles. “My first exposure to the staircases was as a kid in Pacific Palisades. My family had moved there from […]

HIROSHIMA NOTES: THE LIFE AND WORK OF KENZABURŌ ŌE

August 6th and 9th, 1945, were the dates when the United States dropped atomic bombs upon, respectively, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. To that end, this week’s arts and culture column is on Japanese novelist, essayist, and Nobel  Prize winner Kenzaburo Ōe. In 1994, the Japanese writer Kenzaburō Ōe was awarded the Nobel Laureate for creating an “an imagined world, […]