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California Mid-Century Modern Architecture Dreamin’           As...

California Mid-Century Modern Architecture Dreamin’           As Design and Desire in the Twentieth Century’s month long tribute to California Modernism draws to a close, we’re sharing a video of The Mamas and the Papas’ live performanc...

Colossal Mid-century Modern Architecture Junkie’s Dream Come True

Carrying on with our current theme of mid-century modern architecture, we’re thrilled to tell you about a new online archive of architecture magazines from the 1950s and 1960s. According to a recent post on curbed.com, “Colossus, a massive online...

Destruction of Richard Neutra’s Josef von Sternberg House...

Destruction of Richard Neutra’s Josef von Sternberg House (1936)While doing research for our recent post on architect Richard Neutra, we discovered this fascinating, yet somewhat depressing footage of the demolition of Neutra’s Josef von Sternber...

California Modern Architecture: Richard Neutra

“Architects must have a razor sharp sense of individuality.” – Richard NeutraRichard Neutra the architect who perhaps, had most influence on mid-century modern architecture in California, wasn’t originally from California at all. Neutra was b...

Margaret Preston Paintings Collage

Margaret Preston...
by Arts On My Mind on Sep 4, 2016

Mabel Alvarez Paintings Collage

Mabel Alvarez...
by Arts On My Mind on Sep 1, 2016

USC Digitizes Architectural Teaching Slide Collection

Meghan Drueding recently posted on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s website a brief piece regarding the University of Southern California digitizing “its Architectural Teaching Slide Collection, which consists of more than 1,000 ima...

Nothing But the Truth

Blurbs are the way of the future. It is so much easier to read something brief than to have to wade through an entire article. Is that the way the future’s going? I read the blurbs for Christian Century’s round-up … Continue reading →...

RIP Donald Wexler: The Midcentury Architect Who Made Palm Springs Cool

The city of Palm Springs, California, wasn’t always known for its sleek, spare residential design. During the 1950s and 60s, architect Donald Wexler designed a particular style of building for the growing town that became known as Palm Springs...

Information Glut as a Catalyst of the Fragmentation of Self: Implications of Advertising

The first paper to get a grade for this semester! There are four from this semester still floating around in a professor's computer waiting to be slapped with a grade.Finally, the boost of confidence needed - just in time to tackle an 18 page behemot...
by Just Call Me Frank on Apr 24, 2015

A Star for Architect Richard Neutra

Last month during Palm Springs, California’s Modernism Week, architect Richard Neutra was honored with a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. The city’s Mayor Steve Pougnet also declared Feb. 13, 2015 “Richard Neutra Day.”N...

E. Stewart Williams: An Eloquent Modernist

The work of California modernist architect, E. Stewart Williams is the subject of An Eloquent Modernist: E. Stewart Williams, Architect an exhibition at the Palm Springs Art Museum, Architecture and Design Center. After World War II. Stewart joined h...

Gothic American

American Gothic, the painting by Grant Wood, caused me trouble at Routledge. An author wanted to use the image on the cover of his book (we eventually managed it) but the choice was contested at every step. Along the way … Continue reading U...

Knockin’ Where?

For a while, when I was with Routledge, I tried to kick-start the old series Biblical Limits. I didn’t initiate the series, but it had been cutting edge at the time, and one thing biblical scholars seldom get to claim … Continue reading ͛...

Knockin’ Where?

For a while, when I was with Routledge, I tried to kick-start the old series Biblical Limits. I didn’t initiate the series, but it had been cutting edge at the time, and one thing biblical scholars seldom get to claim … Continue reading ͛...

a vindication of tradition

by James Kalb   Modern times don’t like the authority of tradition, any more than they like prejudice or deeply rooted social stereotypes. We know more today than people did in the past, so why should we view the unreflective habits and attit...
by The Anglo-Sinkie Scribbles on Jul 9, 2014

nietzsche’s challenge & the christian response

by The Anglo-Sinkie Scribbles on May 1, 2014

i did not understand

There was  a time, a couple of years ago, when I was confronted with a decision about whether to read Flannery O’Connor’s “Wise Blood”, with only about three hundred and thirty five pages, double spaced, and very easy to read...
by east elmhurst a go go on Apr 18, 2014

Silly Saturday The Jetsons - Family of the Future Enjoy William...

Silly Saturday The Jetsons - Family of the Future Enjoy William Hanna and Joe Barbera's conception of The Jetsons, the family of the future from a Mid-century perspective. Note Hanna and Barbera’s take on parking, treadmills and pneumatic tube tran...

Silly Saturday: Atomic City

A huge thank you goes out to our friend, Mid-century Modern Freak for turning us on to Hollywood visual effect artist Markus Rothkranz's Atomic City. Part Jetsons, part Rat Pack, part James Bond the show is like nothing you’ve seen on televisio...
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