After The Holidays In The City Of The Angels: A Photo By Susan McRae

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Click for more details. Christmas and New Year's had just ended, so camerwoman Susan McRae ventured forth on a cold and windy night to find some reality just up the street.

 

 

The Truth About On The Road

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Gerald Nicosia with actors at Beat Boot camp, Montreal, July 2010. From left, Garrett Hedlund, Nicosia, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart

Lionel Rolfe

In his latest book, Gerald Nicosia has unlocked the dynamic of Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady, and not a moment too soon. Nicosia, the author of “Memory Babe,” the definitive Jack Kerouac book, was an advisor to the “On The Road” movie due to be premiered in May at the Cannes Film Festival.   “On The Road,” published in 1957, was of course, the book that made Kerouac famous. It was inspired by Jack London’s famed book, “The Road,” published in 1907.

Nicosia’s new book is “One And Only: The Untold Story of On The Road.” Read more

Soaring into space

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By Phyl van Ammers

The author interviews the artist Ashton Richard Brick and the artist’s mother Olga Justine Brick.

PVA: Tell me, what is the name of this picture?

Abstract 467

ARB: This is No. 467.

PVA: What does it mean? Read more

George Bernard Shaw: Can His Reputation Survive His Dark Side?

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By Leslie Evans

It is with a certain sadness that I come to write this. George Bernard Shaw, through his plays, was one of my early heroes. I knew only the good of him then. More recently I have come to learn things, about his political views, that I could have known then but did not, and knowing, would have seen him differently. Learning them prompts me to want to know more about his contradictory character, to decide anew what we should think of him. Read more

Poems By Julia Stein, From Her New Book “What Were They Like.”

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Dear Joe

We miss you.
We’re glad you liked the cookies that mama mailed you.
Grandma loves the teapot you sent her from Kuwait.
Please come home soon
for my high school graduation.
My little brother likes your photos.

Please come home from Kuwait. Read more

Edendale: Chapter 15

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Climbing Up Fat Hill--Los Angeles Public Library

WEST FAT HILL

By Phyl M. Noir

After the city tore down all the old mansions, the stores and the apartment buildings on Bunker Hill in 1960, Joy moved to a house in Cerro Gordo, which means Fat Hill in Spanish. From her hill she saw Bunker Hill, which was bare for many years, and – after about a decade — the skyscrapers that replaced the bare hill. Read more

KCET “Departures” Features Lionel Rolfe

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KCET web columnist Mike Sonksen devotes his January 27, 2012, column to two longtime chroniclers of Los Angeles life: “Lionel Rolfe and Johnny Otis: Literary Icons of L.A.” Read more