| Jul 4, 2009
A big splash. That's what media mogul William Randolph Hearst made when he finished his Santa Monica beach house in 1931. Its gilded rooms and swimming pools impressed the neighbors, but Hearst had it built to impress the nation.
From the end of the...
| Aug 2, 2009
The gig: Founder and principal of Levin & Associates Architects, a Los Angeles firm that specializes in historic building renovations. Levin has been the architect responsible for restorations of such local landmarks as the Wiltern theater, Griffith...
| Aug 31, 2009
If you must have a shtick, make it a good one. Robert Olen Butler is familiar with this dictum: His collection "Tabloid Dreams" was based on supermarket tabloids; the stories in "Had a Good Time" were drawn from vintage postcards; "Severance" was composed...