Category: Reviews

In Search of Home: Cherríe Moraga’s Native Country of the Heart

Sandra Ruiz In the opening line of her memoir’s prologue, Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir (Farrar, Straus, and […]

California Calls You

Leslie Lodwick In 1919, then unemployed Viennese architect Richard Neutra had not yet immigrated to the United States and was […]

Inland Shift: Towards a Radical Intercommunalism in the Inland Empire

J.T. Roane During a speech delivered at Boston College on November 18, 1970 Huey P. Newton extended Marxist-Leninist material dialecticism […]

American Fruit

Selective Narratives of Mobility, Place, and Race

Black Bruin Stories

Nickolas Hardy James W. Johnson’s The Black Bruins maps the rise of five former Bruins’ athletes who not only helped […]

Lynell George Sings Los Angeles

Mike Sonksen In the last few years, dozens of articles and think-pieces composed by cultural critics and urban pundits have […]

The Latin American Aesthetic of L.A. Music Culture

Benjamin Cawthra In the middle of a series of fascinating interviews with Latin American Los Angeles session musicians, the editor […]

Illusions and Perversions in California’s History of Preservation

Nathan F. Sayre Laura Watt’s catchy title, The Paradox of Preservation,[1] doesn’t do her book proper justice. What she terms […]

Writing Orange County

Elaine Lewinnek Naming a literary depiction of Orange County is no easy task. One or two sitcoms that describe the […]

The Other “Other” California

Gerald W. Haslam Growing up in an oilfield community at the southern end of the Great Central Valley, I for […]