Alta Q&A

  • Alta editor and publisher Will Hearst (left) and writer Armistead Maupin enjoy pints of ale at Comptons of Soho, a London pub.
    CHRISTOPHER TURNER
    ALTA Q&A

    London’s Newest Queen

    - A recent London transplant, Tales of the City writer Armistead Maupin tells Will Hearst why he left San Francisco, what his next big book might be, and how much he likes his new surroundings (spoiler: a lot).
Russell Chatham at his studio in Marin County, California. ”I paint everything from memory,” he says.
PAIGE GREEN
ALTA Q&A

‘You’re an Artist. That’s What You Do.’

In what would be his final interview, the famed Marin County–based landscape painter Russell Chatham tells Alta publisher Will Hearst where he finds inspiration, what it’s like to work on commission, and why Gauguin brought him to tears.

Serial entrepreneur Anthony Wood founded five companies before launching Roku in 2002. (Roku means “six” in Japanese.)
MARC OLIVIER LE BLANC
ALTA Q&A

Anthony Wood and the Future of Streaming

Do you watch Netflix or Hulu on a smart TV? The CEO of Roku reveals how his company helps those services (and soon Disney and Apple, too) stream movies, sports, and TV programs.

Lucy Fisher in her office at Red Wagon Entertainment in Los Angeles. The award-winning producer’s films include “The Great Gatsby,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Jarhead.”
KEVIN SCANLON
ALTA Q&A

Writing Her Own Script

Lucy Fisher started out as a waitress, but ended up running the studio. Will Hearst sits down for a Q&A with the groundbreaking Hollywood executive.

Musician, music producer and investor Jerry Harrison at his home in Marin County.
CHRIS HARDY
ALTA Q&A

Not Just Another Talking Head

In a conversation with Alta Publisher and Editor Will Hearst – his former Harvard roommate – Talking Heads mainstay Jerry Harrison expounds on music, business and life.

California first lady Anne Gust Brown at the Governor’s mansion in Sacramento.
CHRIS HARDY
ALTA Q&A

The Next Step

As her husband’s term as governor winds down, first lady Anne Gust Brown reflects on his legacy and the future in this sit-down interview with Alta publisher Will Hearst.

Alice Waters in her backyard garden in Berkeley.
CHRIS HARDY
ALTA Q&A

Recipe For Change

The woman who changed the way we eat looks back at nearly 50 years of running her famed restaurant, Chez Panisse — and looks forward to innovative ways to feed the next generation.

Frank Gehry at his office in Los Angeles.
CHRIS HARDY
ARCHITECTURE

Portrait of the Architect: Frank Gehry

The nation’s foremost architect designs startling buildings: swooping, glimmering structures. He demands attention, experimenting with new forms, materials and techniques. But his true goal is emotion, like high art or great engineering. Frank Gehry believes in architecture that inspires and changes lives. In conversation with Will Hearst.

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