• Poetry

    by Yoni Hammer-Kossoy

    Noah died in his sleep 350 years after the flood, at the ripe old age of 950. Some websites helpfully point out ...


Kari Lake Is Just the Latest Arizona Hustler

From Make-Believe Springs and Real Estate Scams to Disappearing Ballots, the State Soaks Up Hallucinatory Claims Like Rain

by Tom Zoellner

Kari Lake isn’t giving up. Even as she prepares to mount a campaign for U.S. senator, and more than two months after her election opponent was sworn in as Arizona’s governor, she swears that it is she who is the real governor of the state. She continues to insist the election was stolen.
  Election denial has become one of the pillars of the modern GOP—but the desert soil of Arizona soaks up such hallucinatory claims like rain, at least partly because of the state’s unique history. Through most of the last century and a half, Arizona has been a geography of personal reinvention, ambitious schemes, and glowing hype that exceeded nature’s limits. The name itself is derived from a 1736 silver rush in a valley near a ranch called Arizona that flamed out just weeks after it began. Lake’s false crusade has already lasted longer.
  What’s in the water in Arizona that inspires ...


Is This the 21st-Century Heroine’s Journey?

Women Don't Have to Reinvent All That Was Lost. We Only Need to Remember It

by Alexis Landau

The decision to attend my first women’s retreat felt indulgent and nerve-racking. Indulgent, because it represented an escape from so many responsibilities. Nerve-wracking in that I didn’t know any of the other women who’d be there, and I’d have to travel from Los Angeles to the remote Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, where cell reception was limited.
  What hooked me was that the retreat was led by a Jungian analyst and author who I greatly admire, who would guide us in analyzing fairytales that portray the heroine’s journey, and stages of female initiation. I hoped I would gain wisdom from these archetypal tales of womanhood, and return home armed with secret knowledge.
  It was a time in my life when I desperately needed a break from the emotional and physical demands of motherhood. Over 11 years, domestic turmoil had engulfed me. The needs of others—my children’s, my husband’s—flattened my own desires ...

  • The Takeaway

    Art Opens a Portal to Curiosity

    We Should Measure Its Value Not in Dollar Signs But in Question Marks

    “L.A. is one of the largest creative economies in the world but artists here are low-wage workers. So do we even value art at all?”
    Artist Joel Garcia asked the pointed question at last night’s Zócalo program, “What Is the Value of Art?” Put on in partnership with NeueHouse, KCRW, and Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the program took place just days before Frieze Los Angeles—a week of art exhibitions, events, and big money—descends upon …