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  • Poetry

    by Laynie Browne

    From shine, lux, light, sleep with the dreamer awake, languid as if in water

    If we were free from obscurity would everyone pause as instructed

    The way birds dip and dive then …

  • Essay

    Which of Bluebeard’s Wives Are We?

    A Fairytale for Our Moment Challenges Us to Face Reality—Even If We’d Rather Hide From It

    by A.A. Balaskovits |

    There’s magic in fairy tales, the sort of magic that allows us to make sense of our world thanks to the help of long-dead storytellers. If we listen closely to …

  • Essay

    Where I Go: The ‘Meandering, Beautiful, Dangerous’ Angeles Crest Highway

    This Pacific Crest Trail Gateway Is Southern California’s Most Accessible Scenic Byway—When It's Open, That Is

    by Laura Randall |

    The Angeles Crest Highway winds thousands of feet above the Los Angeles basin, a meandering, beautiful, and dangerous road that leads to the hiking trails of the Angeles National Forest …

  • Connecting California

    The United States Didn’t Really Begin Until 1848

    Forget 1619 or 1776—America's Origin Debate Has a California-Sized Blind Spot

    by Joe Mathews |

    America, you’ve got the dates wrong.

    Your intense debate over which year marks the real beginning of the United States—1619 (slavery’s arrival) or 1776 (Declaration of Independence)—has become predictably polarizing. You …

  • Essay

    The Mural So Controversial Nixon Tried to Remove It

    75 Years Later, 'War and Peace' Survives, But Its Ideals Have Not

    by Gray Brechin |

    As multiple crises pile atop one another in the young 21st century, a tripartite mural at a former San Francisco post office lobby rebukes us with its dated optimism.

    “War and …

  • Poetry

    by Travis Chi Wing Lau

    Lotuses unfolding
    into dreamfish,
    slurrying into
    queer failure:
    how the
    compression
    fails me
    (or have I
    failed the
    vine and
    charcoal?),
    too untrained
    for even fingering,
    too feral
    for firmness

  • The Takeaway

    Meet the New Guards of L.A. Culture

    New Faces, New Buildings, New Names, and More Are Coming

    by Jackie Mansky |

    The cultural scene of Los Angeles is in the process of redrawing itself—in the last month alone, two institutions have announced their first female executive directors, Johanna Burton at the …

  • Essay

    The Red Brick Bungalow Where Hardcore Made a Home

    In a D.C. Suburb, the Dischord House Became the Unlikely Epicenter for Reagan-Era Punk

    Shayna Maskell |

    Walking through the leafy Arlington, Virginia, neighborhood of Lyon Park, you might not even notice the bungalow-style house with its fading red paint and overgrown lawn, a relic from the …

  • Essay

    Hello (Bonjour) From Your Friendly TV Translator

    I Hope You Enjoy My Subtitles and Dubs—Then Forget I Exist

    by David Buchanan |

    If you don’t notice my work, it means I’m doing my job properly.

    I’m an audiovisual translator, which means that I—and others like me—help you understand the languages spoken on screen: …

  • Connecting California

    California’s Recall Was Worth Every Penny

    When It Comes to Supporting Democratic Infrastructure, $276 Million Is a Bargain

    by Joe Mathews |

    It’s hard to think of a better bargain in our high-cost state than the failed recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom. At an estimated cost of $276 million—less than $7 …