Cyndi Lauper Is My Mascot

Muralist Judithe Hernández Also Promised a Friend She’d Read an Introduction to Wittgenstein

Muralist Judithe Hernández was a member of the East Los Angeles artist collective Los Four. Her newest public artwork, L.A. Sonata, will be unveiled at the opening of the new downtown Santa Monica Expo Station. Before participating in a discussion about whether artistic greatness comes with age, she talked about what she would have been if she wasn’t an artist, her cooking skills, and the book she can’t ever seem to finish.

A Small Meatloaf

              (for Mark Strand)

Half-baked on the flat sheet,
moist and raw within, bright red
at the core—like the chef, heat
radiating from his hands:
he dreads the work ahead.

Phone calls are …


I’m cooking while I write this sonnet
poaching asparagus sprinkling them all
with some chili powder shaking the stalks
squeezing on a lemon. These tastes will set
and mix as …

Chef Roy Choi

Could His Next Project Be a Zombie Restaurant?

Does Roy Choi need an introduction? The chef behind the Kogi BBQ trucks and a slew of L.A. restaurants—the most recent of which are POT and Commissary in the Line …

Come for the Fish, Stay for the Story

Sushi Chefs Speak With Their Hands. Thank Goodness California Is Letting Them Keep Talking.

As you enter a sushi restaurant, it may be the invigorating aroma of cypress—the hinoki countertop that is meticulously sanded down, daily, to a feathery finish—that greets you. It may …