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.

Tahoe Blue

Scott Herring explores both sides of the conversation between environment and humanity that is Tahoe.

Foreclosures

Susan Straight examines the economic hardships and losses endured by friends and neighbors. With photographs by Lucy Puls.

Silicon Valleys

Margaret O’Mara explores the history, ecosystem, and urban model of the Silicon Valley, for years a source of inspiration for the world.

Concrete in Paradise

Rebecca Solnit reflects on abandoned military bunkers (photographed by Alex Fradkin) and the reminder that war is always near.

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.

Listening to Art Laboe

Susan Straight reflects on the iconic voice of Art Laboe and the shared experience of growing up listening to the radio.

Undocumented and Unafraid: Tam Tran and Cinthya Felix

Two activists and colleagues remember Cinthya Felix and Tam Tran, renowned leaders in the immigrant-rights movement.

Religion by Lottery

Wade Clark Roof discusses the concept of an amicable religious pluralism, as on display in the community of Mission Viejo.