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Ode to Oakes

Ode to Oakes

ARISTOTLE ENVISIONED a celestial universe of 55 crystalline spheres concentrically organized around the earth, each carrying a planet along its orbit by the angular momentum of the outermost ring, the...

Studio, Gallery, and Cloud

Studio, Gallery, and Cloud

The following is a feature article from the new intern issue of the Los Angeles Review of Books: The Magazine. The issue, which our interns produced as part of this past summer’s LARB Publishing Co...

Looking Out, Looking In

Looking Out, Looking In

EARLIER THIS YEAR, I interviewed the children’s author Lois Lowry for The New York Times Magazine. My favorite bit of our conversation, which didn’t make it into print, came when I asked her to de...

Paris Envy: Frank Gehry’s Vuitton Foundation

Paris Envy: Frank Gehry’s Vuitton Foundation

IN TODAY’S EFFICIENT, RATIONALIST, COST-CONSCIOUS architecture culture, squishy, unquantifiable qualities like enchantment are off the drafting table — exiled, beyond the grid, outside the design ...

Home and History in the Fiction of Los Angeles

Home and History in the Fiction of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES does not, perhaps, get enough credit for feeding the imaginations of science fiction writers. Our original cinematic visions of imagined futures — often dystopian wastelands — were sh...

La Comédie Architecturale

La Comédie Architecturale

MY JOURNALISTIC COLLEAGUE and friend Martin Filler and my architectural colleague and friend Zaha Hadid are engaged in an ongoing legal clash as a result of an article, “The Insolence of Architectur...

Cameron, Witch of the Art World

Cameron, Witch of the Art World

Image: Detail from the cover of Semina #1. ¤ PALE AND SLENDER, she is wrapped in a black-and-white shawl that once belonged to Rudolph Valentino, a Spanish comb fanning out from her fiery red hai...

Where the Action Was

Where the Action Was

  I AFTER THE FIRST ROOM of late-Surrealist and still vaguely figurative paintings at the Abstract Expressionist show at MoMA, you arrived at a gallery devoted to Barnett Newman. "Vir Heroicus...