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“Four months after it became official, the demolition process is wrapping up at LACMA’s Miracle Mile campus.”
Demolition Nearly Finished for Controversial LACMA Revamp, by Steven Sharp, Urbanize, 24 September 2020

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“Zumthor is seventy-seven, and oversees a thriving boutique architecture practice, with three dozen employees and projects on three continents. Though he has never built in the United States, he is known throughout Europe as the creator of exquisitely stern structures with jewel-box proportions; in 2009, he won the Pritzker Prize. lacma belongs to a vast public—the ten million people of Los Angeles County—and sees a million visitors each year. It shares a park with the La Brea Tar Pits paleontological site, and occupies a position at the midway point between downtown and the coast. Because of the building’s prominence, scale, and cost—some six hundred and fifty million dollars—Zumthor’s lacma is poised to be the most significant architectural addition to Los Angeles since Frank Gehry’s Disney Hall opened, two decades ago.”
The Iconoclast Remaking Los Angeles’s Most Important Museum, by Dana Goodyear, New Yorker, 05 October 2020

We. Are. So. Fucked. Also, if LACMA isn’t the largest encyclopedic museum west of the Mississippi, what is it?

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“Asked recently at a dinner party what he thought of the new building design, Frank Gehry simply draped a napkin over his head.”

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“The second is the demolition of the museum’s very mission. LACMA’s director, Michael Govan, has officiated over an aggressive proposal that will dismantle and relegate to storage collections that for decades have distinguished the museum and established its standing. Govan’s plan is at once grandiose and diminishing—and, above all, needless. The institution didn’t need fixing because it wasn’t fundamentally broken.”
The Demolition of LACMA: Art Sacrificed to Architecture, by Joseph Giovannini, NYR, 02 October 2020

Govan’s plan makes it so that going to LACMA won’t be like going home (as it’s always been) and finding a few new items. It will be like going to whatever carnival has just blown into town. Why did this grifter get a hold of our beloved LACMA? Why did not one with power stop this? Also, is a museum the building or the collection? Seems America has gone swanky building mad, and needs to get some perspective.

So many great artchitects who not only understand LA and like it, and we got Zumthor. Oh were have we sinned? Oh why must we suffer?

Well, too bad about LACMA. Even the best of friends have got to part one day.

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Internets, oh Internets

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”
Pablo Picasso, The Impossible Cool, 3 Jan 2020

“Past, present, and future on view in a wondrous machine. Everything everywhere in every universe. Better than YouTube, but can this device bring happiness to a young slacker looking for love and life’s meaning?”
Drunk on Time, Storylandia, The Wapshott Press Journal of Fiction, Issue 32, Winter 2020


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Mary Worth, 31 Dec 2019

“What?” Mary recoiled in surprise. “Your doctor didn’t recommend stealing the pituitary glands of younger women? Dr. Jeff and I have been doing that for 300 years.”

If youth knew; if age could.
Sigmund Freud

Oh, love will make a dog howl in rhyme.
Francis Beaumont

I buy expensive suits. They just look cheap on me.
Warren Buffett

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
E. M. Forster

Comics Agonisties: The Big M for Iris

And just in time for the holidays!


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And because I’m nice: Mary Worth, December 1, 2019

And this smug bastard is why Iris should get a female doctor. No woman smirks at menopause. It’s like smirking at a charging rhino or something.

Mary Worth writer and art team, pull yourselves together. Menopause is something I hope M Worth knows a lot about.

This has been a Mayerson Service Announcement.

Encore, Je lis les internets

“In the absence of any powerful debunking of his testimony, there may be only two arguments left for Mr Trump’s defenders to marshal against his accusers. The first, which may take the form of any manner of distraction or conspiracy theory, is: Go whistle. Most Republican voters love the president, don’t care about Ukraine, and their elected representatives are not about to disappoint them. This is probably good enough for most House Republicans.”
Gordon Sondland weakens Republican defences against impeachment, by The Economist, Nov 21, 2019

Well, there goes rule of law as we know it. So long Enlightenment, it was swell while it lasted.
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Comics Agonistes: When Dick met Mike

For the love of God, who are these guys? Now I have go look something up. My life is already endless internet toil, when all I like about comics is that usually you can instantly understand what’s going on in any Sunday strip. Then, here are these two square-jawed hunks. Y’know, I might not look this up because a) I should know so I must suffer; b) all will be revealed on Monday; c) girls love mystery; and d) meh.

By the way, Mike, if that’s who you are, you could go camping under that 70s necktie you’re wearing.

Full disclosure: I’m not fond of these comics cross-overs the DT team do so often, but if Tom of Finland’s Police Officer Kake ever shows up in Dick Tracy, I will attain a state of such pure unadulterated exalted joy that I’ll hang up my comics mocking spurs forever. However, I wouldn’t hold your breath, folks. (but… Tom was in The Economist recently and I never thought I’d see that…)

Quote of the Day:
“The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.”
Salvador Dali

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