Reviews

  • Phantoms author Christian Kiefer says he’s attracted to writing about “folks who are broke and/or disenfranchised from the system.”
    JESSICA NEWHAM

    Onward, Christian’s Soldiers

    - "Phantoms", a new novel from Christian Kiefer, exorcises past crimes and confronts current issues against the backdrop of two wars.
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ALTA PICKS

Three Editors’ Picks We Know You’ll Love

Alta editors make our recommendations on a literature website, a true crime podcast, and a quarterly publication straight from the California desert that will become your latest favorites. Trust us. 

Detail of Five Great American Negroes (1939), by Charles White (American, 1918–79), oil on canvas. From the collection of the Howard University Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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ART

Muscle, Soul, and Vision

Muscle, soul, and vision come together in two must-see exhibits at Los Angeles museums; Charles White: A Retrospective and Oscar Rejlander: Artist Photographer.

BOOKS

Book Passage: April Book Picks

Staff at Alta partner Book Passage in the Bay Area recommend books by California authors and/or on California subjects.

Jeff Goldblum, left, and Leonard Nimoy "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"(1978).
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SCREENS

Celebration of the Body Snatchers

Philip Kaufman’s sci-fi masterpiece "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" celebrates pre-tech San Francisco’s soul.

Laurel Canyon News owner Desiree Levine holds up three of her favorite Los Angeles-based magazine
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Read All About It: Laurel Canyon News

This quarter's hot picks for magazines about California and the West come from Laurel Canyon News owner Desiree Levine.

Upton Sinclair, militant international author and Socialist, who captured the Democratic nomination for Governor of California, reads a paper at a desk in 1934.
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BOOKS

The Jungle of Politics

Upton Sinclair’s 1934 bid for California’s governorship has lessons for today.

Jobyna Ralston was the warm, spunky leading lady who inspired Harold Lloyd to unforgettable classic romantic gags, especially when she played a traveling show dancer and he played a sheriff’s son in his masterpiece “The Kid Brother.”
SCREENS

Down at the Farm, in L.A.

Harold Lloyd creates a buoyant rural fantasyland; Charles Burnett reveals the Deep South in South L.A.