Reviews

  • Author Lucia Berlin, 1963, in Albuquerque, N.M.
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    “Evening in Paradise”

    - It’s tricky to look back posthumously at a writer. So many factors — the substance of her fiction, say, or the relationship it bears (or doesn’t) to the details of her life — seem fraught, connected, as if art and reality were mirrors capturing one another in their gaze. This is especially the case with Lucia Berlin. The author, who died in Marina del Ray in 2004 at the age of 68, remained essentially unknown throughout her lifetime, despite the brilliance of her work. Then, in 2015, her friend and colleague, Stephen Emerson, ...
The Oculus Go offers virtual reality experiences at a budget price.
TOOLS

Virtually Real

Virtual reality has been just around the corner for more than 25 years. Will the Oculus Go headset finally make VR real for the masses?

BOOKS

November Book Picks

Enjoy these recommendations from the staff of Vroman's Bookstore, an Alta partner.

BOOKS

California Roadmaps: Part II

In “California Comeback,” author Narda Zacchino vividly chronicles the state’s successes under Gov. Jerry Brown, while Manuel Pastor’s “State of Resistance” looks at how California is weathering — and defying — the Trump era.

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BOOKS

California Roadmaps: Part I

In “California Comeback,” author Narda Zacchino vividly chronicles the state’s successes under Gov. Jerry Brown, while Manuel Pastor’s “State of Resistance” looks at how California is weathering — and defying — the Trump era.

MEDIA

CA’s Best Podcasts

The recent explosion in podcasts — including the launch of Alta’s own podcast — is producing an enormous amount of interesting audio programming about California and the West. We’ve rounded up our favorites.

Winchester Mystery House in San Jose is a popular tourist attraction.
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REVIEWS

Winchester Dark

Winchester Mystery House, a famed San Jose tourist trap and historical curiosity, offers rare opportunities to tour the (haunted?) mansion after dark — and alone.