Features

  • ILLUSTRATION BY VICTOR JUHASZ
    FICTION

    Ribs, Muscle, Bone

    - Watching the dissolution of her parents’ relationship, a butcher’s daughter learns lessons about life and love in this short story from author Susan Straight. 
ILLUSTRATION BY JOE CIARDIELLO
AUTHORS

Thomas Pynchon Unmasked

The great California writer—if unknowingly—answers our questions about a U.S. Department of Jesus, moving back to the Golden State, and winning a Nobel Prize.

Well of the Scribes $10,000 Reward
ALTA
COLD CASE

$10,000 Reward for Lost ‘Well of the Scribes’ Sculpture

The Well of the Scribes mysteriously disappeared 50 years ago from the Los Angeles Central Library gardens, but a recent article in Alta led to the return of a section of the famed bronze fountain. Join the ...

An 1856 illustration of San Francisco’s Mission Plank Road.
COLD CASE

Death of a Californio

The mysterious slaying of Francisco Guerrero in 1851 took place as a massive land grab was underway—one that left the Golden State’s Spanish-speaking inhabitants with little.

Playwright Bekah Brunstetter at a rehearsal for her work Miss Lilly Gets Boned at the Electric Lodge theater in Venice, California.
CHRISTINA GANDOLFO
HOLLYWOOD

The Female Playwrights Transforming Television

Character and dialogue? We got this. A new generation of female playwrights is shaking up television writers’ rooms across Hollywood.

COLD CASE

‘The Well of the Scribes’ Sculpture Resurfaces

"The Well of the Scribes" mysteriously disappeared 50 years ago from the Los Angeles Central Library gardens, but a recent article in Alta led to the return of a section of the famed bronze fountain. The search ...

Los Angeles civil rights leader Floyd C. Covington, 1942.
COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, ON BEHALF OF THE USC LIBRARIES SPECIAL COLLECTIONS.
HISTORY

L.A.’s Forgotten Civil Rights Champion

As executive director of the Los Angeles Urban League, Floyd C. Covington made a difference in the lives of the African American workers he fought for—not only in the workplace, but in housing, in education, and at ...

Dan Bugge spent more than a decade as a fish thrower before opening Matt’s in the Market in 1996.
JOHN LOK
FOOD & DRINK

Seattle Is Your Oyster

With its charming neighborhoods and distinctive cuisine, the Emerald City is creating a dining scene that proudly embraces tradition and innovation—and is more than a little reminiscent of San Francisco’s.