THE POTTERY OF BEATRICE WOOD: SOUTHERN CAL ECCENTRIC EXTRAORDINAIRE

BEATRICE WOOD

Beatrice Wood (1893-1998) was a Southern California-based artist and studio potter. As a young woman, she broke with her wealthy San Francisco family to live as a Bohemian in Paris, becoming close friends with Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and others in the avant-garde Dada movement. She took her first ceramics class at Hollywood High. In […]

JEAN-HENRI FABRE: THE HOMER OF THE INSECT WORLD

FABRE'S BOOK OF INSECTS

Jean-Henri Fabre’s Book of Insects is a 1921 classic, with beautiful, tissue-paper-protected color plates by E.J. Detmold. If you can get your hands on a copy (I checked mine out from the L.A. Public Library), you’ll discover a whole wondrous world. The glow-worm, the grub, the locust, the mason-wasp–all your favorite insect pals are here. […]

THE GUN ISSUE AND ABIGAIL DISNEY’S DOCUMENTARY: “THE ARMOR OF LIGHT”

THE ARMOR OF LIGHT

Some of us see a disconnect between supporting the child in the womb and also promoting gun ownership. Others see guns as precisely the best way to protect everyone. Reactions tend to be kneejerk, feelings run high, and dialogue can be difficult to impossible. So Abigail Disney, producer and director of the recent documentary “The […]