Zócalo Public Square 2014 Book Prize Finalists

Come Together—Right Now

Events like the Olympics and World Cup can reliably be counted on to bring countries and people together for a few weeks around love of sport, hatred of opponents, and …


Sipping Espresso After the Big One

Sipping Espresso After the Big One

As a native Californian, I’ve always accepted earthquakes as part of life here. So I didn’t use to think about them too much. When the Northridge earthquake hit in 1994, …


Your Library Wants You to Make Some Noise!

Your Library Wants You to Make Some Noise!

“Does anyone go to libraries anymore?” A mayor, the president of a major foundation, a corporate executive, and several newspaper reporters have asked me that question. I’ve been asked it, …


My Neighborhood Parking Wars

My Neighborhood Parking Wars

L.A. is a car culture, and parking is always a contested issue. But over the last two weeks in my section of Hollywood, I have seen the parking wars escalate, …