FROM Nicolas Libert
Eat the river Frédérick Gautier is a French ceramicist trained in landscape architecture who once had a studio on a boat on the Seine River in Paris. But he recently spent time living in Frogtown and has created raw, rough clay teapots, plates, flower pots, inspired by inspired by the Los Angeles River, from engineering details in the concrete channel to the pipes and objects he found there. His installation is on display at Please Do Not Enter, a gallery in downtown Los Angeles that last year sponsored the whitewashing of the Bates Motel in Silver Lake. DnA spoke with Frédérick Gautier and Nicolas Libert, co-founder of Please Do Not Enter.
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George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Hua Hsu: A Floating Chinaman Author Hua Hsu stops by to discuss his book A Floating Chinaman, recounting the life of 1930's actor/writer H.T. Tsiang and his struggles entering the American literary world.