We asked our readers what titles they’d include in John Freeman’s “The New California Curriculum,” an essay describing how recent literature reflects the real Golden State.
We asked our readers to help define what makes someone a Californian.
Alta considers the appeal and legacy of science fiction in this special collection of short stories, essays, and articles.
Alta considers the appeal and legacy of a misunderstood form defined by possibilities.
Each quarter, we subtly publish a list of about 30 related names, words, or phrases that reveals something about life in California and the West. Can you guess this quarter's connection?
Alta readers share passionate responses to Marcela Davison Avilés’s article on a onetime tourist campaign that recalls California’s checkered missionary past.
Essays from a former Los Angeles poet laureate argue for the power of verse to unify, inspire, and heal our nation.
From fire-prevention campouts to publicly maintained casting ponds, this quarter’s Alta Picks offer a breath of fresh air.
Poet and author Luis J. Rodriguez joins Alta Asks Live and host Heather Scott Partington on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. PST for a discussion on his latest book, the role of identity, and the necessity of poetry in difficult times.
Novelist and critic Steve Erickson joins Alta Asks Live and Alta Editor at Large Mary Melton to take us from The War of the Worlds to Get Out (with stops on Battlestar Galactica and The X-Files in between) to learn how scifi keeps pace with the real world.
Exhibitions, live performances, and classes are on hiatus, but that doesn’t mean art and culture are taking a break. Try these digital alternatives to an IRL event.
Complicating the ordinary, letters from home, the arrival of a meteorite, and the disappearance of a son: E.J. Koh, Dinah Lenney, Harry Dodge, and Roman Dial take us into very different, very real worlds with these nonfiction selections.
Transform the background of all of your Zoom meetings (and make everyone jealous) with one of these picturesque backdrops inspired by Alta magazine covers.
The Well of the Scribes mysteriously disappeared 50 years ago from the Los Angeles Central Library gardens, but a recent article in Alta led to the return of a section of the famed bronze fountain. Join the search and help recover this valuable piece of history.
These six podcasts from 2019 range from an intimate conversation with Vietnam War resister David Harris at his Marin County home to an evening with jazz singer Paula West before a live audience