Dispatches

“Where do you see yourself in five years?”
KAAMRAN KAFEEZ
ALTATUDES

Spring 2020 Altatudes

This latest round of cartoons from artists across the globe aims to add a smile (or a smirk) to your day. 

Nurses wearing breathing masks administer to patients in the ward, believed to be the isolation ward at Pasadena's Wilson High School during the 1919 influenza epidemic.
HUNTINGTON LIBRARY
HISTORY

Pandemic and Racism: Break the Pattern Now

Attacks on Americans of Chinese and Mexican descent during the outbreak of disease have an ugly history in California.

CARLOS ALVAREZ/GETTY IMAGES
SHELTER IN PLACE

Culture from Your Couch

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.

Taxidermist Tim Bovard in his workshop at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. Damp towels help keep the recently defrosted Tanzanian lion skins supple and malleable.
GREGG SEGAL
ENDANGERED SPECIES

The Last of the Taxidermists

“I’ve been sleeping with my lions and haven’t even thought about going home,” says Tim Bovard, pointing toward a gray ...

Clora Bryant played jazz with skill and authority: “I didn’t want them to feel like I was a mamby-pamby little tippy-toe female.”
MISHA ERWITT
APPRECIATION

Clora Bryant Blew Doors Open

“Trumpetiste” Clora Bryant embodied the fireball energy of Central Avenue’s jazz scene.

Bay Area–based poet Jane Hirshfield has also published two collections of essays.
CURT RICHTER
POETRY

Cold, Clear

Jane Hirshfield has been honored with the Poetry Center Book Award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Academy of American Poets.

Poet Jane Hirshfield stopped writing for eight years to study at the San Francisco Zen Center.
POETRY

Paint

Jane Hirshfield is a Bay Area-based poet, essayist, and translator. Her newest book, Ledger: Poems, will be published in 2020.