Archive for ‘August, 2014’


Too Beautiful

Too Beautiful

Some Bras Art Too Beautiful To the team at Natori
 If this were ancient Egypt, and if I were Queen, I would tell the priests not to worry overmuch about the cache of 
pots, tools and mini gods in my pyramid but to focus, instead, 
on pretty things. For it is pretty things I cherish […]

“The Black Man of Happiness”

“The Black Man of Happiness”

“What is a happy Black man?” This, according to Mike Sonksen of KCET, is the simple question that Peter J. Harris asks in his nonfiction “meditation” The Black Man of Happiness. Before he defines this in a myriad of ways, he also identifies the obstacles that get in the way. Harris not only debunks negative […]

Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain

We live in a time where culinary understatement is hip. Higher prices for smaller plates and micro-everything. And so, perhaps the most important thing I can say about the Guppy Tea House is that their “shave ice” is unconquerably enormous. It is uncommon that two six foot tall, two hundred pound teenagers are unable to […]

Missouri calls up National Guard to Ferguson

Missouri calls up National Guard to Ferguson

Family attorney for Michael Brown, Daryl Parks, points to an autopsy diagram showing where the gun shots hit Michael Brown during a press conference at the Greater St. Marks Family Church on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th. ; […]

Feminist Stories: Celebrating Women’s Rights

Feminist Stories: Celebrating Women’s Rights

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” So stated the joint resolution as submitted by the sixty-six Congress of the United States of America “begun and held at the City of Washington on Monday, […]

Chez Jay

Chez Jay

WHY Jay Fiondella has passed on, but his eponymous beach shack remains an oasis in a sea of gentrification, complete with a peanut-shell ‘carpet.’ WHAT This tiny shack festooned with Christmas lights is the only unchanged element amid the upscale hotels and overpriced restaurants that now dominate this strip of Ocean Avenue. Chez Jay still […]

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

Theo’s life turns upside down on a morning visit to the Metropolitan Museum with his mother, setting into motion events that are both traumatic and transcendent. Without giving away this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Donna Tartt, it’s impossible to say much more than this: a 400-year-old painting called The Goldfinch provides the anchor (in that […]

2014 Craftsman Weekend: A Socialist Plot?

2014 Craftsman Weekend: A Socialist Plot?

Who would have suspected that an “undercurrent of socialism” ran through the Arts and Crafts movement? The Arts and Crafts movement emerged during the late Victorian period in England, the most industrialized country in the world at that time. Anxieties about industrial life fueled a positive revaluation of handcraftsmanship and precapitalist forms of culture and society. Arts and […]

Sweet Corn Curried Soup

Sweet Corn Curried Soup

By Sean Lowenthal, Little Beast Restaurant Ingredients: 16 ounces yellow corn, cut 1 yellow tomato, diced ½ sweet onion (Vidalia), diced 1 celery rib, diced 1 garlic clove, minced ½ teaspoon turmeric, ground ½ tablespoon yellow curry, ground 1 dash cayenne, ground 1 dash red chile flake 1 teaspoon coriander, ground 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped […]

Police shoot man armed with shotgun in Boyle Heights

Police shoot man armed with shotgun in Boyle Heights

View Larger Map BOYLE HEIGHTS — An LAPD officer shot a mentally-ill man armed with a shotgun this afternoon in the 3200 block of E. Lanfranco Street, according to  CBS2 and other media. The man, who  was taken to a hospital for treatment, was shot at about 1:40 p.m. after he refused to drop his weapon. […]

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