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review 2017-06-07 10:28
Seeing the Getty Center Buildings & Gardens

 

 
Seeing the Getty Center     Buildings & Gardens are two little booklets published by Getty Publishing House as souvenir books.

These booklets explain the philosophy of the Getty Center and its expansion.

At first the Getty was a little museum wanted so badly by philanthropist J. Paul Getty.

There were just three collections of old antiquities in the first museum, while later after the transformation the Getty became a beautiful environment of serenity, harmony with the surrounding city of Los Angeles.

In the project, before the construction started, were involved scholars, scientists and educators for trying to understand the "how to do this."

The Getty wanted to become the center for international research in visual arts and humanities in a fusion between architecture, environment, art, nature, speaking all the same harmonic language of beauty and posterity.

At first the Getty Trust bought 700 acres of land in the Santa Monica mountains.

Richard Meier, the architect created and thought at a space of inclusion where the main structure harmonically set like a gem in the surrounding area made by courtyards, gardens, terraces.
This land preserved intact in its magnificence and beauty.

The Getty was created in 14 years.

Modern forms, it is structured in this way: J.Paul Getty Museums, the Getty Research Institute of Art and Humanities, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Information Institute, the Getty Information Institute for the Arts, the Getty Grant Program, and last the Getty Trust's administration offices.

There is a restaurant and a café and an auditorium with 450 seats.

The Getty gives hospitality at lectures, films, concerts, and many other events and it's one of the main choices for families in search for some peace, when, in particular they want to spend relaxing time a bit distant from a crowded city like Los Angeles is.

More than 16.000 tons of travertine from Bagni di Tivoli a locality close to Rome, Italia, chosen for created stunning facades but also pavements.

The beauty of the Getty looking also at the pics of these booklets is this: you don't miss air.
You can breath. It's like to enter in an immense peaceful place where you can feel the soul fresher and restored by the sometimes small problems of the daily routine.

There are no claustrophobic places, there is air, a lightness that will enter in the heart of visitors of the Getty Center.

You have the impressions, looking at the pics in these booklets that you leave in the city all the problems and you are invigorated by a visit at the Getty.

And now the gardens of the Getty: I just hope to return to the topic with other books, but in the while I can tell you that the gardens of the Getty are the pride of this structure.

Harmony, beauty, art, color what it was searched and researched by the creatives inside the gardens of the Getty was this.

Many oak trees, but also fruit trees, abundantly, and plazas, fountains, now a paradise for birds, butterflies and other animals.

In the Getty it's possible to admire the change of seasons.

Many plants adapted at warm seasons (I love to compare California at our South Italy) like cactus with its diversified shapes. You can also find aloe, and many culinary herbs, let's mention rosemary planted in the Getty Gardens. In the rock garden as I love to call the Central Garden, typical flowers from South Dakota.

These booklets are a joy for the eyes.

The concept of museum is lived not anymore as a space in grade to restore a stressed spirit passing just through statues, and painting that the visitors will see and that surely will help him/her spiritually but in a symbiotic condition with the environment created for enlightening and elevate the spirit: spaces in grade to offer spiritual answers also thanks to a land very friendly and close to the human being.

I thank Getty Publishing for these booklets.


Anna Maria Polidori
Source: alfemminile.blogspot.it
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review 2017-02-28 18:49
Cardiac
Cardiac: A Jack Getty Thriller - Jeffrey Monaghan
Cardiac starts out with CEO Jack Getty getting ready to take the stage to give a presentation of a new drug that could help with age longevity. He is offered a drink and shortly thereafter he experiences agonizing pain in his chest and the next thing he wakes up in a hospital room after having a pacemaker put in.
 
Now that in and of itself is not such a big thing, pacemakers are put in routinely. As Jack finds out, on the day he goes home from the hospital, he experiences chest pain again, it does not last long so he thinks it is just something that is a one off. He recuperates and prepares to go back to work. Weeks later he does go back to work and experiences another attack. He is concerned so he goes back to his doctor because of his concern that there is something wrong. He gets a clean bill of health, again. At home while on the computer, he gets a pop up window that he finds to be concerning. After a few conversations with this person, he finds that whoever they are have control over him via his pacemaker. The pacemaker has wifi capability and can be hacked and it has been. The person wants some information regarding a former employee and if Jack does not comply with their wishes....he dies. What follows is a wild exciting ride that puts Jack and his entire family at risk of their lives.
 
I really enjoyed the fast pace of this book, well written and entirely plausible, especially in this computer age that anything is possible and hacking of devices is a concern. Great read!
 
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review 2016-01-17 00:00
The Language of Secrets (Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak Novels)
The Language of Secrets (Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak Novels) - Ausma Zehanat Khan The Language of Secrets is well-written. It's suspenseful and treats its characters with humanity and kindness, which I appreciate as a reader. The cultural truths explored in it are sobering and fully treated. At times it is beautiful. I'll look forward to reading the next one in the series.

There are a couple downsides. It's really not funny. Not even a little bit for an instant. And nothing goes as it should; everything is frustrating and there's little resolution at the end. I suppose that makes it realistic, but it also makes it a less satisfying read. Maybe I'm being shallow, but I'm left with a taste of dissatisfaction anyway.

As the author notes in the afterword, the story is loosely based on a terrorist plot that was thwarted in Toronto in 2006, and a great deal of research is evident throughout the story. Khan is a gentle storyteller, educating her audience without blaming us for our ignorance. The main character's role as a Muslim Detective investigating Muslims is problematic and confusing from every angle. Stories like these definitely need to be told. But a lighthearted moment or two wouldn't ruin them.

I got a free copy of this from Net Galley.
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review 2015-06-24 20:14
Looking Through Overdrive
Dads Are the Original Hipsters - Brad Getty

I was bored (and didn't want to do dishes) when I got home from the gym, so I looked through my wish list on Overdrive for a quick, non-thinking read. This book is result of a tumblr being turned into a printed product. Very short, pithy comments (that got repetitive very fast) and lots of pics. The dads in question are in the pictures that date from the 1970s and 1980s.

 

I avoid hipsters as much as humanly possible because they breed hyprocrisy and have no sense of tact or originality. And that was the overriding theme to this book: our dads (I am including the dads I knew growing up in the 1980s and 1990s) had originality and were interesting. Mostly, they were interesting because they enjoyed their interests without needing a Facebook poll asking if those interests were "obscure" or non-mainstream. They were just themselves and they had fun. But they had varied interests and were Renaissance men who were also self-sufficient and responsible. 2 stars, all going to the dads and not really about the book.

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review 2015-03-07 16:54
The Unquiet Dead, by Ausma Zehanat Khan
The Unquiet Dead (Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak Novels) - Ausma Zehanat Khan

There's some lovely desciptive writing here, particularly of the natural world. And the flashback scenes of the Bosnian war were vivid and painful and real. But the rest, both chararcters and plot, seemed implausible and so the book never took off for me. I think it's partly that the descriptions and observations were largely not convincing as coming from the POV of the character whose POV we were supposedly in. And the bits we were told about the characters never came together into a coherent picture of a person. And since this is largely a character-driven story, that was a problem.

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