The Pilgrims Staff

Peter Clothier is a brilliant and colorful writer who pulls no punches. He explores his themes with vitality, spontaneity and curiosity.” --Les Sinclair, Certified Leader Trainer, The ManKind Project More »

 

THE VOICES by Michael Dennis Browne: An Appreciation

I learned two things in personal conversations with Michael Dennis Browne (and probably a lot more, but these two stand out!) for both of which I’m grateful. The first, many years ago, at the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, was

BRIAN RANSOM: Art Review

I had not previously been aware of Brian Ransom’s ceramic works until I came upon a recent series yesterday at Couturier Gallery.  More’s the pity.  I have missed out.  The artist—and, not incidentally, musician—has been exhibiting widely for more than three decades, though

JIM MORPHESIS “Wounds of Existence”: Art Review

The word “baroque” kept returning to my mind as I walked through the exhibition “Jim Morphesis: Wounds of Existence” at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. In part, it’s the sheer, intense, sometimes massively over-the-top materiality of many of these

NIGHT WILL FALL: Film Review

I have been wanting to write about Night Will Fall, aired last week on HBO.  It’s a documentary about a documentary.  The original, produced by  Sidney Bernstein for the British Psychological Warfare Division in 1945, had the working title, German Concentration Camps

ROLAND REISS: Art Review

A good half-century after it started, Roland Reiss’s career continues to surprise and delight in a new exhibition at Diane Rosenstein gallery. The last time I caught up with this artist’s work, a couple of years ago, he was already

A MYSTERY SOLVED? Art Review

Amelia Earhart buffs might be surprised to learn that the remains of her aircraft, widely reported to have gone down off Howland Island in the South Pacific, made it all the way across the Pacific Ocean to the Santa Monica Bay,

WOUNDED LEADERS: Book Review

Wounded Leaders: British Elitism and the Entitlement Illusion, by Nick Duffell.   First, don’t assume from this book’s subtitle that is irrelevant to us here in America, or to our leadership.  It is of vital relevance, no matter the specificity

VALLEY VISTA

I drove out yesterday with the artist Gary Lloyd to California State University Northridge to see their current exhibition, “Valley Vista: Art in the San Fernando Valley ca. 1970-1990.”  I wrote a “preview” about Chomsky’s Vessel, the Gary Lloyd piece selected

THE MAKING OF THEM: TV Documentary Review (belated)

I revisited my childhood yesterday.  I have been readingWounded Leaders: British Elitism and the Entitlement Illusion, a recent book by Nick Duffel, (I’ll have more to say about the book in a later post) and came across a reference to

BOYHOOD: Not Exactly a Film Review

(for Luka, a bit later in his life)   I woke this morning thinking about Barack Obama, and how perfectly he fits the model of manhood proposed by Rudyard Kipling in his unjustly maligned and frequently parodied poem “If.” In

MIDNIGHT IN EUROPE: Book Review

I’ve been a fan of Alan Furst ever since receiving a copy of The Foreign Correspondent as a birthday present from my son.  I wrote a review in The Buddha Dairies and, checking back in the archives, I see that

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR: Book Review

It’s summer reading time for The Buddha Diaries.  I just finished this (mostly) entertaining mystery novel by Joel Dicker…   Imagine you’re doing a jig-saw puzzle. Do you do jig-saws? I enjoy the challenge but they eat up so much