November 15, 2011

This Land Magazine

Genius and creativity abound in this issue, with two features on the talented, though nearly forgotten, architect Bruce Goff and a profile on two precocious pubescent punk rockers, who are rocking the mismatched socks off hipsters in OKC.

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER: Publisher Vince LoVoi pens an open letter to Senator Jim Inhofe on the subject of the Holiday Parade of Lights.

IMAGINARY OKLAHOMA: In Tom Rachman’s “I Love the Russians,” you don’t have to read War and Peace and Crime and Punishment to love them, but it helps.

TEACHING THE ORGANIC: Goff drew as much (or more) inspiration from Gertrude Stein and Claude Debussy as he did Frank Lloyd Wright. An analysis by Arn Henderson.

CONTINUOUS PRESENT: Bavinger House was pure Bruce Goff — organic and extraordinary. So why is the owner dismantling it piece by piece? Russell Cobb reports.

THE LIMA CAB CONVERSATIONS: After years of fighting Shining Path guerillas, what’s one to do in Lima but drive a taxi? Philip Reiser’s “Letter from Peru.”

SHE WAS THE PUNK OF MY LIFE: Josh Kline reports on OKC’s youngest, freshest post-punk act.

GOODBYE TULSA: German-born Ernest Wiemann designed his world-renowned ironworks right here for most of a century. A tribute by Shawna Lewis.

TOGETHER IN TULSA: Rebekah Greiman brings us a story that proves the floods of 1985 didn’t keep Jim and Nancy Edwards from taking the plunge.

DO WHAT: In the beginning was the word, and the word was spoken, and the mic was open. Natasha Ball plugs into “The Gypsy Society.”

SPORTS ILLUSTRATION: It’s a monetary tug-of-war for basketball teams and their owners.

TRUE TULSA: Lortondale resident Shane Hood is the creative director of Hood design and sits on the board of the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture. As always, Carlos Knight and Jeremy Luther bring the pain with righteous design work to boggle the mind and delight the senses.


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