Dispatches

Historian Robert Winter
CHRISTINA GANDOLFO
APPRECIATION

Robert Winter: The Man Who Saw the ‘There’ There

Historian Robert Winter put Los Angeles on the map.

A Cal Fire airplane drops retardant on a large hilltop home that caught fire during a 2014 wildfire in San Marcos.
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NEWSLETTER

Getting Ready for the Big One—Fire, That Is

In this Alta newsletter, we cover what to know for the remainder of California's wildfire season. 

California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) photographed at the Phoenix Zoo in Phoenix, Arizona. Status: critically endangered.
JOEL SARTORE
NEWSLETTER

Keeping the West Wild

This week, Alta's newsletter looks at the ways individual Californians are keeping the state's endangered animals alive. 

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.
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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.