Category: Reviews

What We Are Reading

A new collection of short stories by Andrew Lam features surprising Vietnamese-American voices.

The Invasion of Echo Park

“There is no ‘authentic’ culture or neighborhood for these characters…” Hsuan Hsu reviews The Madonnas of Echo Park.

Honey Pies and Aquadettes

Profiling California Is a Place, the award-winning video series from directors Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari

Constructing the Edge

Anthony Raynsford charts the history and evolution of architectural education in this review essay of the new collection Design on the Edge

Checking In

Karen Tei Yamashita’s I Hotel, in a genre all its own somewhere between historical fiction and creative nonfiction, is an inventive attempt to re-present such an era

Framing Farm Labor

Michael Ziser examines the notions of visibility and invisibility, and California’s relationship to twentieth-century visual technologies.

The Wilderness Paradox

Michael Ziser discusses environmental ethics and a new vision of public land, in the context of three books on the topic.

Walking East of West LA

Lynell George discusses how Kevin McCollister’s photos of East LA reveal the conundrum that LA is both destination and dream.

Boom Review in Library Journal

Boom has received praise from the prestigious publication Library Journal.

Backs to the Well

Michael Ziser discusses the relationship between water and California, in the context of three recent books on the topic.