Hayakawa Among the Conservatives

How famed author, editor, and lecturer Dr. S.I. “Don” Hayakawa became “the only folk hero to have emerged from American higher education.”

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

Jobs. Good Jobs.

On some level I knew it wasn’t going to work out when the manager of my new job asked me if I could give her a second emergency contact phone number

El Grito and the Tea Party

Less than a month after California’s hotly contested midterm election in November 2010, the Sacramento Bee reported that local Tea Party activists had begun gathering signatures for a ballot measure modeled after Arizona’s notorious SB 1070

Beyond Hollywood

California has a wilder, more diverse movie heritage than we’d know from Hollywood blockbusters or even from the dustier aisles of video stores.

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.