Dispatches

  • Ishmael Reed reflects on four decades of change—and humanity—in his North Oakland neighborhood.
    JASON HENRY
    ESSAY

    My Neighborhood, Part 2

    - An acclaimed writer’s 40-year quest for peace and belonging in a community that has endured incursions of crack cocaine, gang violence, and neglect.
Sergio Gonzales, one of the longest-tenured servers at Musso’s, delivers truffled mac and cheese, crab Louie, and grilled New York steak to a hungry Anniversarist.
CHRISTINA GANDOLFO
NEWSLETTER

The Restaurant That Helped Define Hollywood

In this week's newsletter, we spill the secrets of L.A.'s most glamorous vintage eateries with writer and historian David Kipen.

The bar at Musso & Frank Grill is the kind of place where a fast-talking, hardworking gumshoe or Anniversarist might grab a martini and get a hot tip.
CHRISTINA GANDOLFO
RESTAURANTS

Time Turns Around at Musso & Frank

Two-thirds authenticity to one part apocrypha, Musso & Frank Grill turns 100.

Hamlin Garland (1860-1940), novelist and author of 40 books on life, adventure and love in the Middle Border country.
GEORGE RINHART/GETTY IMAGES
LETTERS

Birth of the California Canon

Hamlin Garland was the author of more than 40 books, including A Son of the Middle Border, an autobiographical narrative of easterners moving West. Here are excerpts from a pair of his letters. 

Luis J. Rodriguez was poet laureate of Los Angeles from 2014 to 2016. He is also the author of eight books of poetry.
ARLENE MEJORADO
POETRY

Make a Poem Cry

Luis J. Rodriguez was poet laureate of Los Angeles from 2014 to 2016. He’s the author of eight books of poetry and the founding editor of Tia Chucha Press.

Whole roasted San Miguel vermilion, an example of a boat-to-table meal.
LUIS GARCIA
NEWSLETTER

Tastes as Big as California

Subterranean Sacramento and home cooked meals in Riverside? In this week's Alta newsletter, we explore California's burgeoning food scenes outside of high-profile San Francisco and Los Angeles. 

HUDSON CHRISTIE
WHAT NEXT

Lab-Grown Meat: From Beakers to Beef

Lab-grown meat is coming—first to high-end restaurants and someday soon to a drive-through near you. Are you ready to try it? 

Alta's editor and publisher Will Hearst.
SANDI BARRETT
PUBLISHER'S NOTE

The Far West Is Our North Star

Publisher Will Hearst looks westward to answer the oft-asked question, “What is Alta about?”