American Archaeology, Summer 2012
In a city renowned for reinvention, where non-indigenous palm trees dot the landscape and cosmetic surgeons are as ubiquitous as freeways, the priceless collection of a landmark museum is getting a makeover. Packed away for decades, the artifacts at the Southwest Museum of the American Indian—Los Angeles’ oldest museum—are seeing the light (as much as is museum-safe), in an ambitious conservation and rehousing effort.
Emmy, No. 3, 2012
Damaged protagonists are a TV cliché, but there is nothing formulaic about Carrie Mathison of Showtime’s “Homeland.” Played with compelling edginess by Claire Danes, this senior CIA officer is caught up in a complicated scenario involving a perceived terrorist threat and a former American POW she believes to be a spy. But Carrie has a secret of her own: bipolar disorder.
by Peter Harry Brown and Pat H. Broeske
This intimate portrait of Elvis Presley, America’s favorite music idol, cuts through the lies and the legends to present the real Elvis Presley, a man who was troubled, talented, and unfailingly human. “Exhaustingly well-researched. . .the best bio ever done of the King of Rock ‘n Roll. . .There is a real affinity by the authors for the complicated, tortured Presley.” –The Evening Tribune (N.Y.)
Family Circle, May 18, 2004
Once upon a time kids looked up to public figures like President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King. Today’s potential role models are more likely to include pouty pop tarts, bad boy rappers and the latest athlete to have a run-in with the law.
Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (2000)
As long as there are teenagers, there will be teen idols. From the vintage “Frankie” Sinatra to Elvis Presley, from the Beatles to David Cassidy, from the New Kids on the Block to ‘N Sync, the names and faces may change with the decades, but the emotions that drive the phenomenon do not. Teen idols are a rite of passage for pre-teens and early teens. They are dream mates who fuel romantic daydreams, and provide a safe release for hormonally-charged emotions. After all, unlike flesh-and-blood boyfriends and girlfriends, the teen idols make no demands.