Monthly Archives: March, 2012

A Sleepy Hamlet

I’ve started my new book, which will turn  The Junker Quartet into The J Quintet. It deals with postwar Chappaqua, Chappaqua, the sleepy hamlet, a phrase Wikipedia uses to describe the town that inspired the eponymous (1966 druggie) film starring William S. Burroughs, Ravi Shankar, Allen Ginsberg, and The Fugs, which can be seen in [...]

O Heizer, where art thou?

Michael Heizer’s “Levitated Mass,” a big rock now being installed on the LACMA campus, is almost exactly the opposite of the “Levitated Mass” he did in 1969, a much smaller rock dropped into a trench in a Nevada dry lake. Nobody saw that piece in 1969 except the collector Robert Scull, who had commissioned it, [...]