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Where I Go: Transiting Los Angeles

We've Learned to See Our City Anew—One Route at a Time

by Janeth Estevez and John Perry

Long before we started a travel blog, transit was what brought us together. We met as coworkers at an art museum in Los Angeles, and after work we’d take the same train back to Union Station, where we’d part ways and head in opposite directions. Our brief, shared section of our commute home was how our relationship started, joking about the absurdities of the job and sharing our interests. Pretty soon, we were waiting for each other after work to share as many moments on the train as possible. A couple months later, we were officially dating.
  We spent a lot of time learning about each other’s favorite places around Los Angeles. Our conversations motivated us to actually investigate the places …

Essay

A People's Song Upon the Waters

A Familial Examination of the Sea Chantey Lays Out Its African American Roots

by Maya Angela Smith

The last time I visited my paternal grandfather, Elton Smith, Jr., at his Virginia home, it was 2018, and he was well into his 90s. As I interviewed him for a family memoir project, he sat regally on the couch, framed by a mantle of plaques, diplomas, yearbooks, newspaper clippings, family photos, and various items associated with Freemasonry. Amid all these impressive objects, what caught my attention was the understated insignia on his black polo shirt: a white anchor circled by the words “Northern Neck Chantey Singers.”
  From the mid 2000s until 2020, Granddaddy Smith toured the East Coast, singing maritime work songs from the Northern Neck, a peninsula between the Potomac and Rappahannock ...

Dispatches

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Connecting California Joe Mathews

In the Green Room

Poetry

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    For Willa

    by Angela Qian

    My mother calls about a new house ...

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