Margaret O’Mara explores the history, ecosystem, and urban model of the Silicon Valley, for years a source of inspiration for the world.
Rebecca Solnit reflects on abandoned military bunkers (photographed by Alex Fradkin) and the reminder that war is always near.
Susan Straight reflects on the iconic voice of Art Laboe and the shared experience of growing up listening to the radio.
Two activists and colleagues remember Cinthya Felix and Tam Tran, renowned leaders in the immigrant-rights movement.
Wade Clark Roof discusses the concept of an amicable religious pluralism, as on display in the community of Mission Viejo.
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
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.
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.”