In 1992, the great East German novelist Christa Wolf came to Los Angeles as a guest of the Getty Center. In an apartment just blocks from the ocean in Santa Monica, the 60-something Wolf worked on what would become Medea, her novel recasting the murderess as a feminist heroine.
But Wolf didn't just ... More >>
Illustration by Art SpiegelmanStory by Erik Himmelsbach
Van Dyke Parks lives on the fringes of the city, up the hill in the northeasternmost nook of Pasadena. He's comfortable there; it's a geographic mirror of his own five-decade career as a culty wingman whose fingerprints are conspicuous ... More >>
Art Spiegelman needs a cigarette. He needs about 30 Camel Blue cigarettes a day, to be precise, but at the moment he needs just one, so we are sitting in the Roof Garden at the Soho House while he exhales onto our already-quite-smoggy city.
Whether he will be able to smoke is a decisive factor in ... More >>