WHAT THE LEFT HAS FORGOTTEN: AN INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD RODRIGUEZ

RICHARD RODRIGUEZ

I recently stumbled across this Salon interview, from December 15, 2013, with San Francisco-based writer Richard Rodriguez. Rodriguez, as you may know, is a gay Catholic intellectual. His 1990 essay, “Late Victorians,” is the finest piece of writing I know on the AIDS tragedy. The book referred to at the beginning of the excerpted portion of […]

THE ARTS AND CRAFTS TILE OF ERNEST BATCHELDER

BATCHELDER TILE

The Pasadena Museum of History is featuring an exhibit, extended by popular demand through March 12, called “Batchelder: Tilemaker.” Ernest A. Batchelder (1875-1957) was an Arts and Crafts tilemaker who lived in Pasadena’s Lower Arroyo Seco and made fountains, fireplaces, and fixtures that can still be spotted in Craftsman bungalows and at various sites throughout […]

ADDICTED TO TRANSCENDENCE

NIGHT SKY

“Maslow distinguished between two types of self-actualizers: non-transcenders and transcenders. Nontranscenders were “practical, realistic, mundane, capable, and secular.” They were healthy reformers of life, but had no experience of transcendent “highs.” Transcenders, on the other hand, “had illuminations or insights” that motivated them to transform their lives and the lives of others. They felt a […]