Listen to THIS TALK given on September 17 by my friend Tensie Hernandez.
Glenn Gould (1932-1982) was a Canadian pianist, best-known as an interpreter of Bach. In the documentary Hereafter, he makes an interesting and useful observation about freedom. He says, “I have often thought I’d like to try my hand at being a prisoner…I have never understood the preoccupation with freedom as it is understood in the […]
The Patheos Book Club has been kind enough to launch a discussion about my new book: Stripped: Cancer, Culture, and the Cloud of Unknowing. An excerpt from the Q and A: Your faith was integral to your journey through the cancer diagnosis and treatment. Can you say a bit more about that, for those who […]
UCAN Zippers, a family-owned business near downtown L.A., is one of only four full-service zipper manufacturers in the country. The Lais are Taiwanese-American and live in Rowland Heights. Hyrum, the youngest of three brothers, recently gave me the grand tour. “My father started the business 26 years ago. His original distribution area was the Mountain […]
Nan Kohler is the founder-proprietor of L.A.’s sole artisanal stone mill. Grist & Toll is located in a small industrial complex at the south end of Pasadena’s Arroyo Parkway. Nan grew up in Missouri. She’s been an avid home baker her whole life. She was in the wine industry for six years. She’s used to […]
“The story of Soutine is too true to be believed,” [novelist Waldemer] George [who wrote the first serious study of the painter]. “It is a story for Charlie Chaplin,” a Cinderella story of transformation from darkness into poverty into wealth and recognition. George felt forced to set it down, he said, so that he could […]
The Museum of Jurassic Technology, located in Culver City, was founded by David Hildebrand Wilson and Diana Drake Wilson (husband and wife). It traveled for several years before settling on Venice Boulevard in late 1987. The Introduction on the Museum’s website begins: “The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, California is an educational institution […]
In an essay called “Childhood and Poetry,” Pablo Neruda once speculated on the origins of his work. Neruda was raised in Temuco, a frontier town in southern Chile. To be born in Temuco in 1904 must have been a little like being born in Oregon a hundred years ago. Rainy and mountainous, “Temuco was the […]