Elliot Gorn on why to listen to country music while driving around Los Angeles
An interview with Academy Award nominated artist and graphic novelist Daniel Clowes.
Anthony Raynsford charts the history and evolution of architectural education in this review essay of the new collection Design on the Edge
Jason Weems on the influence of husband and wife design team Charles and Ray Eames, and the place of their work in postwar California culture.
Regular Boom columnist Susan Straight on the nostalgia of The Outdoor Room.
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!”…
Boom has received praise from the prestigious publication Library Journal.
To a greater extent than most other states, California has always been a trope state. Since the Gold Rush, and arguably before, its residents have imbued the place with unreasonable expectations.
In Lawrence Levine’s essay “The Folklore of Industrial Society,” he explains that magazines, music, and movies are a form of popular culture that functions in ways similar to folk culture and even acts ”as a form of folklore for people living in urban industrial societies.”