Sunday Ramble: Travels, Art and Jane Austen Challenge

C.J. and I visited Los Angeles this past week to see the James Kerry Marshall retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the same show we saw last summer in Chicago.  We’ve become big fans of Mr. Marshall’s work. It was a mad-cap three-day trip–drive down, day in L.A. and drive home–but we managed to…

Sunday Ramble and Two Books I Didn’t Like. Sorry.

Visited the local Friends of the Library book sale yesterday, in the rain, where C.J. and I managed to spend much more than we intended.  He got several art books and a couple of books full of house plans while I nearly completed my Jane Austen collection. Can you name the book I still have to…

California by Kevin Starr: The End

It feels a little strange to be reading a book about the history of California when an initiative to break up the state looks like it will make it to the 2016 ballot.  There’s always been an end of the world edge to California, see previous post, but reading about   the state’s history while…

California by Kevin Starr–Chapter 11: An Imagined Place

Towards the end of John Schlesinger’s film version of Nathaniel West’s The Day of the Locust a group of extras dressed as Napoleonic soldiers charge up a hill, cameras rolling.  They don’t know that the set they are on has not been properly constructed until it begins to collapse under their feet.  Some of them…