Demise and Ascent

In his thirty-two-year political career, Thomas Kuchel was a California Republican in the Hiram Johnson and Earl Warren mold

Off the Grid

This is the state we’re in—the California that people love to jeer in a perennial way, the one they used to say would be “the first failed state!”…

Pay Me No Mind

Jim Hinch relates the story of two LA artists, their surface likenesses, and the story told by their differences.

King of the Road

Chris Carlsson, one of the founders and original participants in Critical Mass, explains the deep roots of a movement.

Interview with Yolanda Cruz

Miroslava Chávez-García sits down with Yolanda Cruz to talk about filmmaking, her indigenous origins as a Chatino (one of sixteen indigenous groups in Oaxaca, Mexico), and her views of indigenous peoples.

Cal-20

With words and stark photos, Matt Black tells the story of the region recently named the poorest congressional district in the nation.

Life of the Party

Regine Basha discusses cultural clashes and modernism, set to a soundtrack of Middle Eastern folk music.

Anti-Democracy in California

A prescient message about the California constitution…from the 1911 New York Times

Framing Farm Labor

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

Place, Poetry, and the Sunset Western Garden Book

Louis and Spring Warren sit down with poet Gary Snyder to talk about how he became a Californian and what the future holds for West Coast poetry.