David L. Ulin

David L. Ulin is the author or editor of ten books, including Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, shortlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and the Library of America’s Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a California Book Award. The former book editor and book critic of the Los Angeles Times, he has written for The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The Nation, The New York Times, and other publications. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lannan Foundation.

Harrison Ford as Rick Decker in the 1982 film Blade Runner.

‘Blade Runner’ and Los Angeles, Then and Now

The iconic film’s futuristic vision of life in 2019 is already in the past.

City Lights publisher and executive director Elaine Katzenberger is taking the venerable San Francisco imprint into the future.


Elaine Katzenberger reflects on City Lights’ past—and looks to its future.

Upton Sinclair, militant international author and Socialist, who captured the Democratic nomination for Governor of California, reads a paper at a desk in 1934.

The Jungle of Politics, Then and Now

Upton Sinclair’s 1934 bid for California’s governorship has lessons for today.

Author Lucia Berlin, 1963, in Albuquerque, N.M.

Lucia Berlin Lives On

It’s tricky to look back posthumously at a writer. So many factors — the substance of her fiction, say, or ...

Neal Cassady leans against a door, holding a cigarette, the epitome of Beat-era cool.

The Beats’ Holy Grail

Jack Kerouac called it “the greatest piece of writing I ever saw” and cited it as inspiration for the style of “On The Road.” After years of legal wrangling, the “Joan Anderson Letter” is now surfacing. Read ...

Illustrations by Josh Ellingson

Reinventing the Wheel

New transportation innovations are forcing planners and city officials to rethink everything about how we'll get around in California's cities of the future.

Unmade bed at daybreakUnmade bed at daybreak

Tightrope Walker

It may seem like overstatement to call Gina Berriault’s “Women in Their Beds” a masterpiece, but that’s what it is.