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John J. Healey

John J Healey was born and raised in New York City. He studied medicine in Granada, Spain but left the field and began a 12-year career in motion pictures. In 1998, Healy directed the documentary Federico García Lorca and in 2010 The Practice of the Wild, a portrait of poets Gary Snyder and Jim Harrison.
His first novel Emily & Herman was published in 2013, followed by The Samurai of Seville, in 2016. Its sequel, The Samurai's Daughter, was published in 2019. A fifth novel, April in Paris, will be published by Arcade in July 2021.

Faye Dunaway and Jack Nicholson in Chinatown.

When Films Were Kings

Born of nostalgia, Chinatown today inspires a nostalgia of its own: for a Hollywood driven by creativity.

Sep 29, 2020
The bronze statue at the entrance of the basilica at Palma de Mallorca, Spain, depicts Father Junípero Serra brandishing a crucifix as his left hand rests on the shoulder of a naked boy.

The Case Against Junipero Serra

Junipero Serra is the subject of statues, tributes and even street names throughout California. But the 18th-century Catholic priest’s legacy is problematic, to say the least.

Sep 18, 2018
Hollywood, circa 1905, looking south above Franklin Avenue, with Orange Drive to the right and Prospect Avenue (now Hollywood Boulevard) in the center. The white house in the center of the photo is now the site of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

Celluloid Heroes

Cari Beauchamp's “My First Time in Hollywood” is an anthology of annotated recollections culled from 42 pioneers in the early days of the movies.

Mar 8, 2018
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California’s Island Heritage

First published around 1510, the “Las Sergas de Esplandián,” written by Garci Rodriguez de Montalvo, imagined an island paradise called “California,” inhabited by Amazonian women. The rather literate Conquistadors used the name to describe the west coast of North America continent.

Sep 22, 2017
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