Artist, illustrator and writer TONY MOSTROM has written for the Weekly about Books, Los Angeles history and the Arts since the late 1980s. From 2010-12 he wrote the L.A. Times’ L.A. THEN & NOW column about vintage crimes, eccentrics and disasters. His 350+ illustrations adorn Jack White’s recent Grammy-winning musical Box-set opus, THE RISE & FALL OF PARAMOUNT RECORDS, 1917-1932.
3 months ago | History
Groovin’ on a Sunday afternoon in one’s car through L.A. in 2017, nothing seems quite as redolent of ghosts as that stretch of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood that used to be known to everyone as “the Strip.” That would be Sunset Boulevard betw...
6 months ago | Culture
The California's Gold cameraman recalls desert sights, rural backwaters, kitschy museums, roadside food stands and the unglamorous people who ran such things.
6 months ago | Travel
A frequent childhood visitor revisits his old stomping grounds.
8 months ago | Books
When I was a kid in L.A., I recall scanning all the massage-parlor ads in the papers and gratefully taking in those postage stamp-sized photos of lusciously rounded woman curves. Alongside those jaw-droppers I'd also notice those mystifying other ...
8 months ago | History
Anita Mishook’s new novel Helen is set in L.A. in 1936 and revives the strange days of the Depression, when Hitler’s rise to power caused a dust-up of homegrown Fascist activity in some U.S. cities — including L.A.
9 months ago | Culture
The building of the freeway system in the late ‘50s imposed a kind of sameness over a once vast and wide-open Southland, which a dwindling number of older Angelenos can still remember. Even though you and I are far too young to remember L.A. witho...