We just tell it how we see it, nothing more, nothing less — Neue Sachlichkeit in film

Albert Renger-Patzsch's Hochofenwerk Herrenwyk, Lübeck (1928) Germany's interwar Weimar Republic may've existed amidst political chaos but it was an incredibly fertile time for the arts. German Expressionism, although it first developed around 1900, only flowered on the screen during the interwar period. Emerging Fascists enjoyed the themes of  Arnold Fanck and Leni Riefenstahl's Mountain Movies. Less … Continue reading We just tell it how we see it, nothing more, nothing less — Neue Sachlichkeit in film

Stories start in many ways — a look back at old time radio’s Night Beat

In the Golden Age of Radio, NBC produced some of the medium's best crime dramas, programs like The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, The Adventures of Sam Spade, Confession, Dragnet, and Tales of the Texas Rangers. Another -- although sadly not well-remembered today -- was Night Beat, which debuted on 6 February, 1950 and aired not just in the US, but … Continue reading Stories start in many ways — a look back at old time radio’s Night Beat

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Watts

MORE THAN JUST RIOTS AND TOWERS -- WATTS It seems to me that the totality of Watts's reputation rests almost entirely on two things – the Watts Rebellion and the Watts Towers. Results of a Google search for “watts” can be divided into three categories: photos of the towers, black and white images of burning … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Watts

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring South Central

IS BUSTIN' A CAP REALLY FUNDAMENTAL -- SOUTH CENTRAL Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's Map of South Central South Central means different things to different people. To some, it refers to a vast, amorphous collection of neighborhoods and cities between the Santa Monica Bay and the San Gabriel River, north of the San Pedro Bay and south of the … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring South Central

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring North Hollywood, The Gateway to the Valley

INTRODUCTION  After focusing on eight Eastside neighborhoods whilst house-sitting in El Sereno, I've returned to the polls to determine where to explore. I've heard the vox populi and therefore visited North Hollywood -- only my fourth piece on a San Fernando Valley community thus far. It was a hot, somewhat hazy, and thankfully breezy January day … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring North Hollywood, The Gateway to the Valley