The Myth of a Desert Metropolis: Los Angeles was not built in a desert, but are we making it one?

Glen M. MacDonald The question is posed like this. You’ve probably heard it or asked it yourself. Perhaps at a […]

The Fault isn’t with Napolitano: On Funding California Higher Education

Simon Marginson University of California President Janet Napolitano’s troubles over the State Audit are not a one-off case of mismanagement […]

Indian Summer

Karen Tei Yamashita On 9/11, I flew out of JFK on a 6:00 am flight headed for SFO, ignorant of […]

Reigniting Education in Juvie: Education is a right, even behind bars

Anna Challet Frequently overlooked in California’s ongoing discussions about criminal justice reform are the places at which many individuals have […]

Migracious Stories: Organize or Die

Fred B. Glass A review essay of Gabriel Thompson, America’s Social Arsonist: Fred Ross and Grassroots Organizing in the Twentieth […]

Water and Los Angeles: What’s Next? What’s the Future?

William Deverell Tom Sitton Given our ambitions for our recent book, Water and Los Angeles: A Tale of Three Rivers, […]

What Does It Mean to Become Californian?

D.J. Waldie What does it mean to become Californian? It means being witness to an epic bender—a 169-year binge lubricated […]

State of Being: Envisioning California

Lynell George “I could remember everything about California, but I couldn’t feel it. I tried to get my mind to […]

A California Requiem

Dana Gioia I walked among the equidistant graves New planted in the irrigated lawn. The square, trim headstones quietly declared […]

A Boom Interview with California’s Poet Laureate

Dana Gioia Editor’s note: Having served as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 to 2009, Dana […]