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.
13 days 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.
1 month 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...
2 months ago | Travel
Students of 20th-century art know the name Beatrice Wood. She was, first, the young, American girlfriend of French-born Dadaist painter Marcel Duchamp. With Duchamp’s encouragement she painted, then became known much later as a maker of ceramics a...
2 months ago | Death
January 15, 1947 is one of the uglier anniversaries in Los Angeles history, one immortalized in a number of books, movies and endlessly proliferating websites. It started out as a clear, cold, average L.A. winter day. A housewife named Betty Bersi...
4 months ago | Books
In the current era of comics-saturated American pop culture, there's yet to be a consensus on who takes the prize for the greatest comic strip of all time. But a likely candidate is a long-gone, syndicated newspaper comic strip that ran for decade...
4 months ago | Culture
There was a time early in this century when “South Pas,” that is to say, South Pasadena, was approaching the status of underground-cultural hotspot. Buster’s Coffee on Mission Street would put on great art openings of great, cartoony monster drawi...