Column: Judy Chicago’s planned desert art goes up in smoke

Friday’s column repeats some art-world news from Palm Desert in the service of freshening up a biographical item about the artist that I wrote in the early days of the pandemic and set aside, since it seemed less relevant by the day. Then comes a long-ish item about annoying modern expressions, which I wrote last summer (?) and likewise didn’t use, but freshened up for publication. After that is a brand-new item.

What can I tell you, I’m in the midst of a few days off (although as you can see, I’m writing this!) and thought I may as well clear out some material rather than vacate my space in the paper.

If you’re curious, I have a Google doc of items, potential items, column ideas and discarded bits that is extremely long and mostly useless after page 12 or so — although the latter pages will bear a closer look. The file is overdue to be purged and its rainy-day material shown the light of day.

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