Dispatches

  • A farmworker in Soultz-les-Bains force-feeds a duck as part of the gavage, a process that fattens the birds’ livers for foie gras.
    FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP
    LETTER FROM FRANCE

    Foie Gras Faux Pas

    - The culinary misadventures of a California couple deep in the heart of duck liver country.
Planet has built the world’s largest constellation of satellites. The company has deployed more than 300 Dove satellites; about 140 are active.
PHOTO-ILLUSTRATION BY ALTA
NEWSLETTER

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. 

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exhibitions design manager Sarah Choi surveys a model of one of the museum’s galleries.
CHRIS HARDY
MUSEUMS

Model Citizen

Deep in the SFMOMA basement, Sarah Choi creates an art lover’s wonderland, in miniature.

EVENTS

Win Tickets to ‘Tales of the City’

Alta is offering five subscribers the chance to win a pair of tickets to SFFILM's screening of Netflix's upcoming "Tales of the City" series—including the star-studded after-party.

“Ha, ha, ha, very funny, Mr. Musk.”
JOHN MORENO
ALTATUDE

Altatude Summer 2019

Every quarter, Alta editors receive hundreds (and hundreds) of cartoon submissions for Altatudes, the comic-filled back page of the magazine. These are our picks for Alta's 2019 Summer Issue.

Dick Dale, Hal Blaine, and Jeanie Patterson left major imprints on California's musical soul.
SOUNDS

The Beat of California Goes On

The deaths of musicians Dick Dale and Hal Blaine, and nightclub owner Jeanie Patterson leave deafening holes in the tapestry of West Coast sound—but their work paved the way for diverse new talent.

Acclaimed poet Ishmael Reed is based in Oakland.
NOAM GALAI/GETTY IMAGES
POETRY

‘Pluto and Luca Walk Into a Bar’

A new poem by Ishmael Reed. His latest honors include the Alberto Dubito Award for International Poetry and the AUDELCO award for theatre.

Photographer Cindy Hegger, left, and her mother Nina. The two women spent a day at the beach just before Nina’s death so Cindy could take photos of her mother enjoying one of her last days.
CINDY HEGGER
PROSPECTING

Photographs and Memories

Photographer Cindy Hegger and her clients treat the end of one’s life just like any other major milestone — something that should be documented with photos and treasured.