A Character Actor Gets a Trilogy of His Own / Hyperallergic

Still from Thom Andersen’s film “The Tony Longo Trilogy” (2014)

LOS ANGELES — “Who is Tony Longo?” my editor inquired, after I pitched her on this piece about Thom Andersen’s new short film “The Tony Longo Trilogy” (2014). It makes sense that Andersen, the director of Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003), which discusses how the city is portrayed on film, would fixate on a specific character type or actor, in this […]

Julie Orser’s Cinematic Fascination / KCET Artbound Los Angeles

"Madeleine" exhibition | Photo: Michael Underwood

Julie Orser‘s photography and video works consistently engage with the mechanics of American cinema, with a particular focus on representations of women in film. Tall and slender with black-rimmed glasses and a soothing voice, Orser could have appeared in one of the American film genres she dissects, whether it’s psychological melodrama, suspense thriller, film noir, […]

Young Joon Kwak’s Trans/Feminine Visions / Hyperallergic

Young Joon Kwak, video still from “Untitled (Am I Pretty Mommy. . . ), 2014. All images courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth & Council Gallery, Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — There is a new mutant form emerging, pushing its way past the thin layer that separates the interior and exterior world. In Young Joon Kwak’s exhibition at Commonwealth & Council, Mother Spill, the artist’s body overtakes her mind, erupting into the world in a way that is neither graceful, flawless, nor incredulous — it’s just pure […]

Writer-in-Residence at Adjunct Positions Los Angeles

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An Encyclopedia of Kitsch / Hyperallergic

Flower centerfold from Sara Cwynar’s ‘The Kitsch Encyclopedia,’ published by Blonde Art Books (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

LOS ANGELES — It took a while for me to actually sit down and stop flipping through the channels and start leafing through Sara Cwynar’s gorgeous book, The Kitsch Encyclopedia. Published by Blonde Art Books, a project of Brooklyn-based curator/publisher Sonel Breslav, Kitsch Encyclopedia is in many ways the inverse of Warhol’s The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A […]

Miranda July: Looking for Somebody / KCET Los Angeles

Miranda July's Somebody app

Somewhere, somebody is looking for you. They are waiting at a café on Sunset Boulevard, gazing at the screen of their smartphone, anticipating the tiny ding of a bell that lets them know a message is waiting. They are using Miranda July’s new iOS app Somebody, co-created with support from Miu Miu. In a modern world […]

Warhol’s Little Red Face Book / Hyperallergic

Detail of Andy Warhol, “Little Red Book #296″ (1972), 18 Polaroid photographs, photo album (al photographs © 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society [ARS], New York) (images courtesy the Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma)

LOS ANGELES — The name Andy Warhol is synonymous with Pop art, a movement often written off as apolitical and shallow in its engagement with American culture. Reflections of this assumption are all contained in Little Red Book #296, an album of 18 images that was recently gifted to Tulsa’s Philbrook Museum of Art and makes up just one aspect of the exhibition Fever & Flash: Pop in […]

Exposing the Blood and Guts of Hollywood’s Teen Girl Fantasy / Hyperallergic

Laura Parnes, still from “Hollywood Inferno (Episode One)” (2001/03). Alissa Bennett pictured. (image via LauraParnes.com)

LOS ANGELES — Laura Parnes’s four-disk video series Blood and Guts in Hollywoodexposes the idealized teenage dream for what it is: A boring, vapid fantasy of “love” that is marketed and sold to an audience of young dreamers searching for their soulmate in the illusions of silver screens and false idols. Leading up to the part where idyllic bubbles […]

7 top money management apps / Wall Street Journal

Money management apps

My story on money management apps is featured in the Wall Street Journal. It originally ran on DailyWorth. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/7-top-money-management-apps-2014-08-14?reflink=zacks http://www.dailyworth.com/posts/2815-7-of-the-best-money-management-apps     Tweet

Fiddler on the Roof Meets Nice Jewish Girls in The L-Word / New Voices Magazine

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Season Two of The L-Word, Showtime’s lesbionic answer to HBO’s Sex and the City and its own male-oriented Queer as Folk, moved beyond dramatizing the sexual exploits of a group of Los Angeles friends and started tackling, of all things, Jewish identity. Jenny Schecter (Mia Kirshner) is the show’s darling (though insufferable) writer, a mentally unstable, Jewish, bisexual woman […]