All posts by Boom California

California’s COVID-19 Prison Disaster and the Trap of Palatable Reform

Hadar Aviram Eighteenth-century prison reformer John Howard was endowed not only with a considerable fortune but with an inquisitive eye […]

California and the 1918–1920 Influenza Pandemic

  Published in collaboration with California History  Diane M. T. North The 1918–1920 influenza pandemic remains the deadliest influenza pandemic in […]

The “Lost Cause” Goes West: Confederate Culture and Civil War Memory in California

This essay was originally published in California History, Vol 97, No. 1 Kevin Waite Where the monument once stood, only […]

South Bakersfield’s Confederate Remains

With “Postcards,” creative non-fiction stories grounded in place, we aspire to create a new cartography of California. For us, literature […]

Rise Against the Machine: Interview with Adam Goodman

The rampant spread of coronavirus throughout the United States has illuminated undocumented migrants’ role as essential workers as well as […]

Power Lines Around Los Angeles: Isolation, Interconnection, and Aesthetics

Daniel Wuebben Historically, California’s overhead electric lines have been pushed to the margins of the built environment and, when possible, […]

Acts of Grace: Memory Journeys through the San Joaquin Valley

With “Postcards,” creative non-fiction stories grounded in place, we aspire to create a new cartography of California. For us, literature […]

Abecedarian Love Song for Street Food

Lee Herrick “Street food, I believe, is the salvation of the human race.” —Anthony Bourdain All praise for the pozole […]

Revisiting Joan Didion’s California: An Interview with David L. Ulin

Ryan Reft David L. Ulin “One difference between the West and the South, I came to realize in the 1970s, […]

Lunch Ladies and the Fight for School Food Justice: A Superhero Origin Story

Christine Tran Plagued by unsavory stories in American popular culture, the lunch lady has been a mocked and villainized figure […]