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.
25 days 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.
2 months ago | Travel
A frequent childhood visitor revisits his old stomping grounds.
3 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 ...
4 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.
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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...
5 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...