Beth Spotswood

Beth Spotswood is Alta's digital editor, podcast host, events manager, and a contributing writer. In addition to her work for Alta, Beth writes a Thursday column for the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in San Francisco's Mission District with her husband and son (who is lovingly referred to as Baby Alta by her coworkers.)

Pearblossom Hwy., 11–18th April 1986, #2, by David Hockney.

The Call of the Open Road

The latest Alta newsletter journeys on a dreamy road trip through the Golden State, with stops at The Sea Ranch, a national prison museum, and California's best roadside stands. 

Getting to Know Jack London

Think you know Jack (London)? Think again. Writer Joy Lanzendorfer joins us to discuss the tragedy that broke the famed ...

Author Julian Guthrie (center) with the Alpha Girls. From left: Theresia Gouw, Mary Jane Elmore, Sonja Hoel, and Magdalena Yesil

The Women Who Upended Silicon Valley

Since the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements took off, women have been telling their stories with greater frequency and more force than ever before—and the benefits of their voices being heard are reverberating everywhere.

Busted: Brash Stories From Texas and New Mexico

Explore the hardscrabble times, places, and people of Texas and New Mexico in our panel discussion titled Busted: Brash Stories ...

A Toast to Indie Bookstores

In this week's newsletter, we raise a glass to independent booksellers as we gear up for the fifth annual Independent Bookstore Day. 

Christophe Samaran holds a jar of foie gras at the boutique that bears his family’s name. Samaran is one of the Gascony region’s most celebrated producers and sellers of foie gras.

What California Eats, So Does the Nation

From semiconductors to cannabis weddings to emissions standards, California is often the birthplace of the next big thing. Is a ban on foie gras next?

California’s Dining Trends

Michael Bauer, the former food critic of the San Francisco Chronicle for over 30 years. Michael has won numerous national ...

Planet has built the world’s largest constellation of satellites. The company has deployed more than 300 Dove satellites; about 140 are active.

Ethics in Space, Morals on Earth

Armies of satellite cameras are floating unseen above us—and their existence is raising important questions about the pros and cons of the ever-evolving ways in which we watch ourselves. 

Drag queen and burlesque performer Violet Chachki mid–lip sync.

Los Angeles Underground

Far beyond the polish and respectability of Disney Hall and the Huntington lies a vibrant subculture of performance art, drag nights, and bondage and body modification events. Photographer Safi Alia Shabaik is there to capture it all.

Long Live L.A. Journalism

Los Angeles might be the land of make-believe but the journalism coming out of the City of Angels is anything but fake.