ICONICITY: ART IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DESERT

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture piece begins: 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 […]

THE STORRIER STEARNS JAPANESE GARDEN

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins: Located at 270 Arlington Drive in Pasadena and comprising two acres, the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden is a hidden LA treasure. The pond-style stroll garden was created in the 1930s by Japanese immigrant Kinzuchi Fuji for his patrons Charles and Ellamae Storrier Stearns. After their deaths, […]

A DIFFERENT OUTLOOK

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“…I wish I liked Catholics more.’ “They seem just like other people.” “My dear Charles, that’s exactly what they’re not–particularly in this country, where they’re so few. It’s not just that they’re a clique–as a matter of fact, they’re at least four cliques all blackguarding each other half the time–but they’ve got an entirely different […]

TOVE JANSSON’S THE SUMMER BOOK , AND A RADIO INTERVIEW

I always forget to say when I’m going to be on the radio. So tune in tonight to “Amplify,”  KDKA Pittsburgh, 9-11 EST. Fr. Ron Lengwin and I will be discussing my new book, RAVISHED. Meanwhile, here’s this week’s arts and culture column:  Tove Jansson (1914-2001), a Swedish-speaking Finnish writer and artist, is perhaps best […]