All posts by Boom California

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 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 […]

Seeing Through Murals: The Future of Latino San Francisco

Lori A. Flores In 1964, British sociologist Ruth Glass coined the term “gentrification” in her study of young creative professionals […]

Lying in Plain Sight: La Jolla’s Assemblage of Religious Art

Rick Kennedy On 8 September 2016, the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the cross on Mount Soledad […]

Through the Heart of California: Seeing the “Other” California through a Relief Map

Alex Espinoza In 2014, Aljazeera America ran a story titled “Fresno Rated Highly Livable for Young People.”1 The piece cited information […]

From the Green of Vietnam to Toes Painted with Nirvana

Susan Straight They came here because of war, though people might not think of it that way when sitting down […]

The Smell of Gold: On the Yuba River

Caitlin Mohan My son and I sit on a boulder in the Yuba River when he asks if the river […]

Between Journalism and Fiction: Hunter S. Thompson and the Birth of Gonzo

Peter Richardson According to Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson was “the only twentieth-century equivalent of Mark Twain.”1 Wolfe’s comparison was meant […]

Anthropologist as Court Jester: Civil Disobedience and The People’s Café

Nancy Scheper-Hughes “Just remember, Nancy, that you and I are just ‘passing’ as academics.” —George A. DeVos (“the Fox” in […]

Elegy

David L. Ulin Andrew Molera State Park. I didn’t know it was the almost perfect midpoint of the California coast […]