Los Angeles Review of Books: This Week


“The Range Rights and Resources Symposium opened on an April day at a community college next to Highway 99, a raging freeway also known as Blood Alley. … Two renowned figures of the far right adorned the speaker’s bill: Ammon Bundy, who rallied militias to take over Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016 in protest of federal land management, and Congressman Devin Nunes, a former California dairy farmer who launched the Republican effort to discredit the investigation of President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.” Scott Bransford reports on one of the patriot movement’s most important events of 2018 and contemplates “The Vigilante Style in California Politics.”
“What a strange state we’ve come to, that we need to be taughthow to waste time. Listen to these secular gurus: put down that smartphone, go off alone to daydream, and see just how magically time can expand.” Rebecca Foster meditates on the benefits of wasting time, the subject of new books by Patricia Hampl and Alan Lightman.
“I really wanted to place this book in the hands of someone who understood Los Angeles. That was really important to me. Seeing the struggle of getting Los Angeles right on the page in publications that are not from here has been something that really concerned me, and I didn’t want to have to write something really carefully and then worry about it being misconstrued.” Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn speaks to Lynell George about her book After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame.
On BLARBRobert Wood asks Australian novelist Tim Winton about his latest, The Shepherd’s Hut.


Ted Hamilton powers through William T. Vollmann’s two-volume Carbon Ideologies, “an elegy to our damned epoch that’s also a work of enlightenment and education.”
Woody Haut peels back the layers of Robin Robertson’s long-form noir poem The Long Take.
Allyn West explores  Alexandra Lange’s The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids.


Regan Penaluna interviews Robert Fieseler, author of Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation.
John B. Thompson reviews Hans van de Ven’s China at War: Triumph and Tragedy in the Emergence of the New China 1937-1952.
Karthick Ram Manoharan considers  what it means to live in the time of the victim.
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Alice Walton (b.1987) is currently working towards a Masters in Ceramics from the Royal College of Art and received her BA(Hons) Degree from the University of Brighton in which she was awarded a Distinction in Wood, Metal, Ceramics, and Plastics. Alice has exhibited her work across the UK and Europe including the V&A Museum, Tate Modern, Made London, Chatillion Festival, and been selected to take part in UK Young Artist. She has been an artist in residence during the European Ceramic Context in Denmark, graduate residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and summer resident in Centola Pottery, Italy. In 2017 she was awarded the Sir Eduardo Paolozzi Travel Scholarship.

Alice makes one-off original ceramics, exploring complex and intense surface textures over simple forms which have been inspired by street furniture and architecture. She uses a landscape of objects, formed from individual components to create abstract scenes. The repetitive nature of mark-making mimics the constant review of certain objects on daily commutes. To reference, she combines collaged photography and drawing from memory which is bought into the studio to work from. This takes her work away from the literal street inspiration and into an imaginary collection of objects.

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