November 2015

Appearances Matter Pt. 2: Halloween

Last week I talked about several recent dress-related contentious situations.  From last summer’s Rachel Dolezal moment to this Halloween’s incendiary costume choices on college campuses, there is no end of examples on social media and in the news to show us just how much appearances matter.  While what we wear and how we look matters in all situations where visual communication is part of the equation, the Halloween context is unique from the everyday.  The example of Rachel Dolezal attempting to pass as African American in he

Appearances Matter

On Monday, November 9, 2015, The New York Times ran an op-ed piece by Julia Baird called “Being Dishonest About Ugliness.”  Ms.

Review: To Live and Dine in L.A.

To Live and Dine in L.A. is an exhibition of menus from the Los Angeles Public Library Collection currently on view in the Getty Gallery at the Central Library in downtown Los Angeles.  The exhibit’s timing is particularly serendipitous as downtown LA experiences a culinary renaissance.  From the recent re-opening of the legendary Clifton’s Cafeteria to the seemingly weekly emergence of a hip new restaurant, this moment is a sweet spot for exploring the history of Los Angeles’ restaurant culture.