Category: Reviews

Origins of the LA Riots

The 1992 Los Angeles riots had roots not in Rodney King but in a killing that brought three very different women to a violent intersection a year earlier.

Reading for Liberalism

Before there was Boom or Sunset, there was the Overland Monthly. Its editors hoped it would help transform California’s social landscape.

Salsa Rules

It takes two to tango, but LA-style salsa demands much more: at least one well-heeled pair of dancers and an admiring audience.

A Passion for Place

A Carmel River compendium of art and writing finds its way into the watershed and communities that inspired its creators.

Why Walls Do Not Work

A new book explores problems of division on the U.S.-Mexico border and how to heal the divide.

The LA That Might Have Been

Game-changing proposals that could have transformed Los Angeles, but were never built.

The World in the Curl

A new history of surfing captures the paradoxes and contradictions of this iconic California sport and points a longboard toward the future.

Arts for the City

A new history explores how an official city arts commission supported daring artists and vibrant arts movements in “The City,” San Francisco.

Down by the Bay

A new book by historian Matthew Booker demonstrates the law of unintended consequences in our own backwaters and backyards.

A Moment for Diebenkorn

Twenty years after his death, a big moment has finally arrived for artist Richard Diebenkorn with two major exhibits and two new, lavishly produced books.