Past Stories

Armageddon In Retrospect, Kurt Vonnegut

As a foot soldier and prisoner in Word War II, Kurt Vonnegut experienced pointless cruelties and the absurdities of military life. This posthumous collection contains 11 never-before-published short pieces on war as well as his...


Pictures At a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood

Mark Harris’ account of the making of the five “Best Picture” nominees from 1967 is an epic tale of art, business and character. The films represent old Hollywood’s formulaic approach to creativity (Doctor Dolittle), it...


Mixing it up

As interim curator for the dA Center for the Arts in downtown Pomona, Rolo Castillo’s focus this year has been to bring credibility to the dA as a gallery space. A perception exists of the dA as everyone’s gallery, ...



Capitalism Strikes Again!

There seem to be two modes of thinking when it comes to creating our American culture—quest for commerce and quest for artistic expression, and they often butt heads. Some people, for example, see an antiquated building a...


Silence is Golden

Most folks who aren’t into abstract art say things like, “my kid could have done that—and better!” Or maybe, “this one looks like dog vomit.” At the very least, they might utter the words I o...


Summer Reading

Rachel Donaido’s recent New York Times essay—“It’s Not You, It’s Your Books”—ignited the passions of the reading class. Are we literate types so narrow-minded that finding the wrong book on our potential beloved...



Sway

Zachary Lazar’s entrancing second novel takes real people—Brian Jones and the Rolling Stones, underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger, Charles Manson and small-time musician Bobby Beausoleil—and imagines what went through the...


The Faculty to Communicate

Faculty shows often are a mixed bag, yet Uncommon Practice at Pitzer College presents a widely divergent experience. A problematic feature of faculty shows in general is that, by definition, they limit curatorial voice. Contrib...


UCR Playworks 

A festival of first night plays by UCR student playwrights will take place the last weekend in May. The 20 plays performed at “Playworks” are shorts and one-acts that range in plot complexity and style. With titles like Fis...



My Revolutions

Living underground to avoid arrest suggests two stories: the crimes that force one to disappear and the circumstances that pull one back into the light. Kunzru’s novel of an English political radical in the 1960s runs these t...


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Danny Truxaw’s “The Green Room” Tried

I don’t know any acting students at University of California Riverside, but I imagine they’re competitive, egotistic, and obsessively invested in who’s shagging whom. For that matter, so are the botanists, archaeologists...


Brevity is the Soul of Wit

The infamous Prince of Denmark is taking shape in two forms at Cal State San Bernardino this May, in a classical rendition and a musical parody of the renowned text. “Hamlet” and “Hamlet (The Artist Formerly Known As) Pri...



Roadwork Ahead

The Inland Empire 66ers are not exactly road warriors this year (2-11), even if destinations like Lake Elsinore and Rancho Cucamonga are technically home games for a geographical blanket like that. And if you’ve been keep...


The Invention Of Everything Else

Turn-of-the 20th-century inventor/physicist Nikolas Telsa has seen a revival lately. David Bowie played him in the 2006 magicians’ rivalry movie The Prestige. And there’s an electric car company named in his honor. Now ther...


The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Books Scare and How It Changed America

Before slasher films, rap music and Internet porn, even before rock & roll, self-righteous America found cause for juvenile delinquency in comic books. Columbia journalism professor David Hajdu unearths the forgotten 1950s ...



Alley-Poop

With the NBA’s playoff schedule stretching for eons between games, an award-winning weekly publication such as this can jump in with our analysis and still come off as timely (if not prescient). Right, well, Pau Gasol doe...


The Starry Nights

So far, wherever the skatepuck is played in this series, the home fans ain’t happy. The Ducks laid colossal eggs (the first one a goose variety) to open their Stanley Cup title defense with the Dallas Stars before anyone ...


A Day in the Life

Jason Maloney walks out of his bedroom with his bundles of joy wrapped tightly in his arms, proudly displaying the fruits of his labor. “I bought them on eBay,” he says gushing. The Newport Beach-based artist known ...



The Art of Curatorial Authorship

Pitzer College needs Ciara Ennis. In her first year at the helm of the college’s art galleries, where Ennis acts as the director and curator, the Pitzer art program feels born again. In the trends-as-fleeting-as-fashion a...


Final Approach to Fatal Femmes Fighting

“I don’t feel bad at all,” says MMA fighter Sophie Bagherdai when the subject of guilt is brought up for sending Stephanie Palmer to the hospital after their fight. “If they’re cool we’ll fig...


Graphic Lessons

What if you learned something about yourself that was really terrible, completely contrary to what you believed of yourself; how would you react? That’s the dilemma facing Happy—yes, the name’s ironic—in Chip Kidd’s s...



From Zero to Graffito

Graffiti art is a phenomenon almost as old a civilization itself. Uncovered Roman ruins reveal a rich history of the stuff in the ancient world and, although most inscriptions were names or advertisements for prostitution, some...


Freedom Train

“Becoming a hobo goes far beyond dropping out. That something is part strength, part weakness, both pure freedom and an absolute prison.”      –Dale Maharidge, The Last Great American Hobo quoted by William T. Vollmann...


Connecting the Dots

Aristotle’s principle, “the whole is more than the sum of its parts,” is a widely debated mathematical position. But while the idea might not compute in the finite world, in theory, and especially in art, it m...



Luminosity and a Sense of Jazz

The new work from Sandeep Mukherjee in Spell at Pitzer College’s Nichols Gallery has the feel of jazz. Subtle visual undulations of acrylic ink intoned in a pulsing rhythm of quantized marks invoke flights of improvisatio...


Evan Holloway

At the Pomona College Museum’s Project Series 35, Evan Holloway casts himself as provocateur. The space, which is fairly small, approximately 20×25 feet, is papered with a pattern of small black dots on a white groun...


Countdown to Spider

This Saturday night Temecula’s Dangerous Dan Henderson will fight Anderson “The Spider” Silva for the “unification” of the Pride and UFC Middleweight belts. Pride, of course, is dead . . . but that...



Judge of Character

It’s the commonly used coffeehouse criteria to define enjoyable fiction: “I identified with the characters.” If we recognize ourselves or others we know in a story, we’re more susceptible to being drawn in. But the char...