Category Archives: books

Midcentury California Cohousing: Crestwood Hills

THE ORIGIN of Crestwood Hills begins in the cadence of a fairytale. Four musicians, returning from war, dreamt of combining their resources to build four neighborly homes around a swimming pool. It was 1946, in the midst of a severe housing

Midcentury California Cohousing: Crestwood Hills

THE ORIGIN of Crestwood Hills begins in the cadence of a fairytale. Four musicians, returning from war, dreamt of combining their resources to build four neighborly homes around a swimming pool. It was 1946, in the midst of a severe housing

Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California & Graphic Design, 1936–1986

“MONOTONE DOES NOT signal class (at least in Southern California),” writes designer Lorraine Wild in Louise Sandhaus’s recent survey Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California & Graphic Design, 1936–1986. Wild’s observation, like many others in this captivating, dayglo-jacketed book, celebrates a visual

Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California & Graphic Design, 1936–1986

“MONOTONE DOES NOT signal class (at least in Southern California),” writes designer Lorraine Wild in Louise Sandhaus’s recent survey Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California & Graphic Design, 1936–1986. Wild’s observation, like many others in this captivating, dayglo-jacketed book, celebrates a visual

Designed for Impact: Saul Bass

Even if you haven’t heard of Saul Bass, you know his work. From the poster for Hitchcock’s Vertigo and the shower scene in Psycho to the logos for AT&T and Quaker Oats to the humble, cheerful Dixie cup, Bass’s designs have become emblems of midcentury

Designed for Impact: Saul Bass

Even if you haven’t heard of Saul Bass, you know his work. From the poster for Hitchcock’s Vertigo and the shower scene in Psycho to the logos for AT&T and Quaker Oats to the humble, cheerful Dixie cup, Bass’s designs have become emblems of midcentury

Surreal Grandeur of San Francisco’s Little-Known Salt Fields

The southern end of the San Francisco Bay Area is known for expensive real estate, tech companies, and aerospace engineers. Less well known is its salt content. Yet the salt industry has been a vital part of the South Bay for

Surreal Grandeur of San Francisco’s Little-Known Salt Fields

The southern end of the San Francisco Bay Area is known for expensive real estate, tech companies, and aerospace engineers. Less well known is its salt content. Yet the salt industry has been a vital part of the South Bay for

Images from the Stasi Archives

Simon Menner’s new book Top Secret: Images from the Stasi Archives examines the vast collection of information and photos once gathered by the East German secret police. While coincidental, the timing couldn’t be better as news about the NSA surveillance

Images from the Stasi Archives

Simon Menner’s new book Top Secret: Images from the Stasi Archives examines the vast collection of information and photos once gathered by the East German secret police. While coincidental, the timing couldn’t be better as news about the NSA surveillance

Aldous Huxley on Mescaline, Botticelli, Scissors

David King Dunaway’s biography of Aldous Huxley, Huxley in Hollywood (1991) touches on the history and difficulties of pacifism in the years leading up to World War II; Hollywood’s ingestion of fine writers for schlocky screenplays in the 1940s; Huxley’s blindness and

Aldous Huxley on Mescaline, Botticelli, Scissors

David King Dunaway’s biography of Aldous Huxley, Huxley in Hollywood (1991) touches on the history and difficulties of pacifism in the years leading up to World War II; Hollywood’s ingestion of fine writers for schlocky screenplays in the 1940s; Huxley’s blindness and

Book Review: Silvia Kolbowski and Walid Raad

Between Artists: Silvia Kolbowski and Walid Raad A.R.T. Press, 2008 “Do you think that a body of work can somatize such cultural trauma?” Silvia Kolboswki asks Walid Raad in the beginning of an email exchange that soon and unexpectedly begins

Book Review: Silvia Kolbowski and Walid Raad

Between Artists: Silvia Kolbowski and Walid Raad A.R.T. Press, 2008 “Do you think that a body of work can somatize such cultural trauma?” Silvia Kolboswki asks Walid Raad in the beginning of an email exchange that soon and unexpectedly begins