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  • 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. 
Century-old houses stand empty at the former Idarado Mine, near Silverton, Colorado. The homes were moved here in 1948 from Eureka, a nearby ghost town.
GORDON WILTSIE
GHOST TOWNS

The Life of a Ghost Town

The abandoned settlements of the West offer beauty and solace and make us question what happened to drive everyone away—and lure others back.

Jimi Hendrix lighting his guitar on fire, Monterey Pop Festival, Monterey, California, 1967.
©JIM MARSHALL PHOTOGRAPHY
PORTFOLIO

Rock and Roll Through Jim Marshall’s Lens

Bay Area photographer Jim Marshall may have been self-taught, but he captured some of rock’s biggest artists at their brightest moments during his storied career.

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 ...