Former Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn on Lou Reed, who died today at 71:
"He was one of the boldest and most liberated rock ‘n’ roll songwriters ever. There was a real literary edge to his work. He took on subjects that were off-limits at the time. He talked about heroin and illicit sex at a time when the music industry didn’t want to hear it — critics loved him, but it took him years and years to find an audience."
Here’s Hilburn’s 1992 interview with Reed.
Times file photo: Lou Reed at the Wiltern Theatre in 1996.
Remembering 9/11 with a #tributeinlight
For the past eleven years, New York City has paid homage to the tragedies of September 11, 2001, with Tribute in Light, two powerful beams of light projected upwards as part of the city skyline. The shape and placement of the installation echo the fallen Twin Towers and honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks as well as the many who worked as part of the relief efforts.
Originally conceived just days after the attack as a “Project for the Immediate Reconstruction of Manhattan’s Skyline,” Tribute in Light is made up of 88 7,000-watt lightbulbs that create the strongest beams of light ever projected from Earth. The tribute is visible from up to 60 miles (95.6 km) away from its base near the World Trade Center site.
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Remembering 9/11, twelve years later
Above are a number of scenes from events in Washington, D.C. and New York City commemorating the tragic attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Nation Now will have ongoing coverage of the ceremonies, and in the meantime, you can look through the entire Sept. 12, 2001 edition of the Times here.
Photos: Stan Honda, Alejandra Villa, Chris Pedota, Mel Evans / Associated Press, Kevin Dietsch / EPA
An invasion of privacy for the sake of art?
L.A. native Arne Svenson’s art instillation “The Neighbors,”opened at New York’s Julie Saul Gallery Saturday, and has quickly been met by an uproar from his own neighbors. As the title of the work suggests, Svenson’s subjects were his own neighbors, whose pictures he took from across the street with a Telephoto lens.
Though the photos depict the mundane acts of daily life, with naps, chores and the like, and the faces are all obscured, some of the individuals caught candidly are considering taking legal action against Svenson.
As one nearby resident told the New York Post:
“This is about kids. If he’s waiting there for hours with his camera, who knows what kind of footage he has. I can recognize items from my daughter’s bedroom.”
Photos: Bebeto Matthews / Associated Press
Living well in 275 square feet: Scott Elyanow makes his tiny space work with “purges” and clever storage. A New York pilot program signals growing interest in shrinking housing.
[Best advice for getting rid of clutter: Take pictures of the clothes you’re only holding onto for sentimental value, then give those clothes away. Genius. —S.]
Photo: Scott Elyanow lives in a 275 square-foot apartment in New York’s West Village. He says he enjoys keeping his life uncluttered. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times
Brooklyn Bike Patrol on a roll after attacks on women: A volunteer escort home from the subway along dark streets is a phone call away — no charge, no tips. Business is brisk.
On Halloween, Ruiz escorted two women — one dressed as a box of cookies, the other as a milk carton — who felt vulnerable because their costumes limited their arm movements. Many of his regulars, who are listed in his phone by their first names and their usual subway stations, are waitresses who work late and who don’t want to spend $20 or so for a cab ride home.
Nice job, Brooklyn.
Photo: Brooklyn Bike Patrol volunteers, from left, Ryan Finger, Timothy Wright-Bodine and Jay Ruiz prepare for a Friday night of providing safe escorts home from subway stations. Credit: Aaron Showalter, New York Daily News
Hundreds of supporters of Occupy Wall Street vowed Tuesday to keep up their protests, convening at a busy corner for a meeting to discuss their next move; the city, meanwhile, appeared headed for a legal showdown over its eviction of protesters from the group’s encampment.
A hearing was scheduled later on protesters’ quest for an order to prohibit the city from banning tents, sleeping bags and campers from Zuccotti Park, a privately owned park that was cleared of protesters in a surprise early morning raid.
Photo: Occupy Wall Street supporters gather in a new spot after being cleared from Zuccotti Park in New York. Credit: Nathaniel Popper / Los Angeles Times
The Tribute in Light shines above the Statue of Liberty and One World Trade Center, left, Saturday night in New York.
Photo credit: Mark Lennihan / Associated Press
A sense of calm pervaded the downtown area near New York’s East River on Sunday morning, as residents emerged from their homes to inspect the damage caused by Hurricane Irene more with curiosity than with anxiety.
Photo: Emily Santiago, right, Sasha Williams, center, and Burton Chirinos wade through the water on South Street in Lower Manhattan. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times
Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal, labeled “one of the most contaminated bodies of water in the nation,” isn’t just a filthy Superfund site. To urbanites, it’s a little piece of the outdoors.
Photo: Summer camp students from Battery Park City in Manhattan. The Gowanus Canal was designated a Superfund site in March 2010 and will take years to clean. View more photos on Framework. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times