D. J. Waldie | KCET
D. J. Waldie
D. J. Waldie is the author of "Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir" and "Where We Are Now: Notes from Los Angeles," among other books about the social history of Southern California. He is a contributing editor for the Los Angeles Times.
Post date: 2018-11-27T09:57:27-08:00
The benign climate of Los Angeles, the excellent highways, the desire to escape into an alternate reality and the skills of Hollywood designers were material causes of our architecture of fakery, informing how donuts, ice cream and pianos were sold.
Post date: 2018-10-09T16:37:01-07:00
The optimistic essence of the California's golden dream endures — as it should — but the future of the state depends on Californians dreaming differently.
Post date: 2017-10-30T16:35:25-07:00
In the 1850s-70s, an elaborately themed garden surrounded the town's most eccentric building, the Round House.
Post date: 2017-10-17T13:40:01-07:00
L.A. once sold its climate as "semi-tropical" – a term that emphasized the uniqueness of its nature. Semi-tropical was semi-miraculous.
Post date: 2017-10-17T00:00:00-07:00
L.A. for a generation was extraordinarily violent, even more violent than frontier towns more famous in Western lore.
Post date: 2017-10-12T13:02:44-07:00
The Pacific Southwest Exposition embodied the spirit of 1920s Hollywood: spectacle for its own sake, cheerful vulgarity, and commercial hard sell.