FINDING WORDS FOR TODAY’S COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION

I spend so much time alone, pondering and praying, that I sometimes forget much of the world holds very different views than I do. The other day, for example, while talking to a secular friend, I (very unwisely) burst forth with an impassioned description of an essay I was working on. “It’s about womanhood, and […]

DREAMS DEFERRED: LORRAINE HANSBERRY’S “A RAISIN IN THE SUN”

Reading with Patrick is a wonderful memoir. Author Michelle Kuo, Harvard-educated and the daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, volunteered after graduation to teach high school in a small town in the Arkansas Delta. Initially, she thought to energize her black students, to educate them to the way their race has been so cruelly bowed down, to […]

THE IDENTITY POLITICS OF GETTY’S “OUTCASTS”

OUTCASTS AT THE GETTY

“The root of all disturbance, if one will go to its source, is that no one will blame himself.”–Dorotheus of Gaza, 6th c. monk Through April 8, the Getty Center is featuring an exhibit of illuminated manuscripts entitled “Outcasts: Prejudice and Persecution in the Medieval World.” To prepare, I read Christopher de Hamel’s “Meetings with […]

“WITHOUT YOU, THERE IS NO US”: SUKI KIM’S MEMOIR ABOUT GOING UNDERCOVER IN NORTH KOREA

SUKI KIM

Suki Kim was born in South Korea to parents whose family had been separated by the Korean War. In the early 80s her father, a successful businessman, suffered a sudden financial reverse and went bankrupt, a “crime” that could have drawn prison time. She was woken in the middle of the night, shuttled off to […]

LUX AETERNA: THE CENTENNIAL LIGHT BULB

High up near the ceiling at Fire Station #6 in Livermore, California, burns an electric bulb that has continuously thrown light for over a hundred years. Known as the Centennial Light Bulb, this small object, approximately 2 ½ inches in diameter and 4 inches long, has been the subject of the late, great Huell Howser’s […]

GENERATION WEALTH AT THE ANNENBERG SPACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

GENERATION WEALTH

Here’s an exhibit that will make you want to go home, take a shower, and give thanks for your humble existence: “Generation Wealth” at the Annenberg Center for Photography. “A Visual History of the Growing Obsession with Wealth That Has Come to Define a Generation” is the subtitle. ”Generation Wealth” spans two and a half […]