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Arts & Architecture Redux

Arts & Architecture Redux

Its pages may espouse the principles of modernism and minimalism, but in its presentation, Taschen’s Arts & Architecture, the Complete Reprint 1945-67, is as maximal as it gets – in the publisher’s standard fashion. After... Read More
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The High Priest of Los Angeles

The High Priest of Los Angeles

Last Sunday evening at the Silent Movie Theater, a clip from the 1938 astrological murder mystery “When Were You Born?” was shown as part of an “Occult L.A.” program curated by the author Erik Davis.... Read More
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Reading, Writing and Robots

Reading, Writing and Robots

At the grand opening of the Echo Park Time Travel Mart on Dec. 15, the Robot Emotions were going like hot cakes (happiness and schadenfreude were the top sellers). The mystery product Chubble, on the... Read More
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The Return of Elaine Dundy (and Sally Jay Gorce)

The Return of Elaine Dundy (and Sally Jay Gorce)

“I’ll tell you how it feels to be an overnight success at 86,” said the author Elaine Dundy over the telephone, laughing. She was inviting me to visit her at her Park La Brea home... Read More
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A Home Unlike All Others

A Home Unlike All Others

Earlier this summer, almost 100 psychedelic music fans, subculture aficionados, students of the occult and local literati climbed the flower-petal-strewn steps of publisher couple Jodi Wille and Adam Parfrey’s Silver Lake home for a salon... Read More
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Back to the Garden

Back to the Garden

Money may not buy you love, but $2.4 million can buy you prime real estate on “Love Street” – which is the name of a song Jim Morrison wrote about living in Laurel Canyon in... Read More
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Mind Games

Mind Games

Remember the first time you saw a strobe light, and your friends looked like robots in a weird silent movie? Totally trippy, right? You were experiencing a variation on the “flicker effect,” a neurological phenomenon... Read More
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