Gilda Davidian, 'Archive Table,' 2015
Los Angeles Review of Books: This Week


“This weird call should have been prime hang-up material, but I kept talking to the guy, whose name was Mike Rodelli and whose theory turned out to be remarkably cinematic. He told me the Zodiac Killer was still living, and not in squalor or obscurity, but at the levels of beau mondeSan Francisco society. He was a wealthy sports-car dealer, a horse-breeder, and a philanthropist who slept in a Presidio Heights mansion, but from December 1968 until October 1969, he had lived a murderous double life, stalking lovers lanes around the Bay Area and killing at least five people.” Tom Zoellner gives us the inside scoop on Mike Rodelli’s The Hunt for Zodiac: The Inconceivable Double Life of a Notorious Serial Killer.
“Magic, stories, elephant vibrations, interspecies empathy. Is this mere airy-fairy stuff that evades the meat and potatoes of life while also failing to put them on the table? Here is the core of the misperceptions we must directly confront. What unlocks our passions more than exposure to compelling and emotional ideas that motivate us to think in new ways?” Robert D. Newman charts paths toward an ecological poetics.
“Over the last few months, it seems that #MeToo stories are slowly being supplanted by a new kind of narrative: the ‘comeback story’ of the powerful male perpetrators of sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industries. Charlie Rose, Louis C.K., Mario Batali, and others have reportedly been ‘testing the waters’ about their ‘comebacks.’” In the third installment of her bi-monthly column exploring popular feminism, Sarah Banet-Weiser critiques the “comeback story” and argues for a scandalous feminism.
On BLARBAbby Aguirre reflects on Tom Wolfe’s legacy in her hometown of La Jolla.


Stephen Rohde judges James Comey’s A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, which teaches us more about “ethical leadership” by showing not what Comey has done in his career but what he has failed to do.
Ayten Tartici pores over Roland Barthes’s Album: Unpublished Correspondences and Texts, an “intentionally idiosyncratic collection of Barthesiana” edited by Éric Marty and translated by Jody Gladding.
Dan Friedman parses Eviatar Zerubavel’s Taken for Granted: The Remarkable Power of the Unremarkable.


Joseph Osmundson on books as mentors for those who grew up in the wake of HIV/AIDS.
Rob Moore and Lee Moore discuss Dong Xi’s Record of Regret with Dylan Levi King.
Michael Hundley reviews Sara Milstein’s Tracking the Master Scribe: Revision through Introduction in Biblical and Mesopotamian Literature.
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Gilda Davidian graduated from the Photo and Media department at CalArts in 2006. She is interested in using photography to explore ideas involving home, familial relationships, and the process of forming identity through the act of portraiture. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles. During the process of digitizing octogenarian portrait photographer Edward Tatoulian's archive, Gilda Davidian became captivated by the stories behind his pictures. In this exhibition, Davidian created new work inspired by their shared Armenian heritage and Tatoulian’s extensive career over the past 40 years. Davidian presented Tatoulian’s historical work alongside her own photographic responses for Edo Oo Bes (No One but Edo) at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock in 2015.The featured image in this week’s newsletter is Archive Table, 2015.


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