ART WORTH DYING FOR: JAMES DICKSON INNES

Born in Llanelli, Innes studied at Carmarthen Art School and the Slade. A colleague there noted that he ‘was of middle height, black haired and thin featured, handsome to many people… there may have been something satanic in his look.”… He was already dying of tuberculosis, having been diagnosed at 21.

THE RESURRECTION: MY URBAN GARDEN

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”—Cicero, 1st century B.C. Isak Dinesen had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills. I have a native plant garden in Pasadena. Unlike Dinesen (“Out of Africa”), however, I don’t “own” my garden. It’s behind the Craftsman where I […]

THE TEMPTATION IN THE DESERT: MAN ON WIRE AND FREE SOLO

Both Petit and Honnold practiced obsessively and incessantly, memorizing every  every inch of the cable, every handhold and foothold.


“I like to differentiate between risk and consequence,” says Honnold. “The chance of me falling off is quite low even though the consequence is extremely high.”

That may be, but what of a risk in which the consequence is certain death?

ICONICITY: ART IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DESERT

Director/producer Leo Zahn has made documentaries about mid-century architect William F. Cody and Frank Sinatra in Palm Springs.

Now he brings us “Iconicity.” The core theme: “Why are artists attracted to the [Southern California] desert? There is something here, call it a mystical energy or what have you, but it’s also very practical as to why certain art gets created only in the desert.”