Category: Articles

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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 […]

Yuba Green.

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 […]

Photograph of Hunter S. Thompson by David Hiser.

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 […]

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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 […]

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Elegy

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

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Seeing California through the Semicolon

Jason S. Sexton California has many official symbols: the state flower (poppy), the state fruit (avocado), the state tree (California […]

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Seeing California Vol. 6, No. 4

SEEING CALIFORNIA Read the latest from Boom, Volume 6, Number 4.  All articles from Boom: A Journal of California are free […]

Porosity by Maite Zubiaurre.

Urban Humanities Pedagogy: The Classroom, Education, and New Humanities

Jonathan Banfill Todd Presner Maite Zubiaurre At University of California, Los Angeles, the Humanities are located at both the historic […]

Loterı´a Urbana
Loterı´a is a traditional bingo game common in Mexico City. Here it has been developed into a platform for community engagement
in Los Angeles and Mexico City, representing a world where alternative reality gaming can bring neighbors closer together.
Image by Angelica Becerra and William Davis.

Learning the City: Developing New Networks of Understanding

Jonathan Banfill Angélica Becerra Jeannette Mundy In 2016, the borders that divide cities in California and Mexico (and even internally […]

Displaying La Caja Ma´gica (the Magic Box), a chrome-coated plywood box that unfolds to expose an interior of grass serving as a stool.
The box stores grass mats to create seating for an audience.

Seeking Literary Justice: La Caja Mágica in Boyle Heights

Maricela Becerra Cat Callaghan Will Davis Grace Ko Benjamin Kolder Alejandro Ramirez MendezIt is two-thirty in the afternoon on Sunday, […]