Category: Articles

Listening to Art Laboe

Susan Straight reflects on the iconic voice of Art Laboe and the shared experience of growing up listening to the radio.

Undocumented and Unafraid: Tam Tran and Cinthya Felix

Two activists and colleagues remember Cinthya Felix and Tam Tran, renowned leaders in the immigrant-rights movement.

Religion by Lottery

Wade Clark Roof discusses the concept of an amicable religious pluralism, as on display in the community of Mission Viejo.

California Sueños

In 1967 Los Tijuana Five, a band best known for their Beatles mop-tops and live
Revolución Avenue recreations of the entire Rubber Soul album, took on the California
dream.

The Antidote to the Trope State

To a greater extent than most other states, California has always been a trope state. Since the Gold Rush, and arguably before, its residents have imbued the place with unreasonable expectations.

Subduction Zone

In Lawrence Levine’s essay “The Folklore of Industrial Society,” he explains that magazines, music, and movies are a form of popular culture that functions in ways similar to folk culture and even acts ”as a form of folklore for people living in urban industrial societies.”