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  • A Wilburn Forge culinary knife with a 10-inch integral blade (2 1/8 inches wide at the heel) with a handle of stabilized amboyna.
    FRANCESCA WILBURN-RITCHIE

    Knife-Edged Beauty

    - One-of-a-kind hand-forged knives by Aaron Wilburn are wonderful to look at — and even better to use.
Karl Marlantes drew upon his experiences growing up in an Oregon logging town and working in commercial fishing to write [em]Deep River[/em].
DEVON MARLANTES
BOOKS

Karl Marlantes’s ‘Deep River’

From steam donkeys to whistle punks, Karl Marlantes’s Deep River is a sweeping tale of Finnish immigrants who felled the forests of the Pacific Northwest at the start of the 20th century.

BOOKS

The Books On Our Nightstand

Take a peek onto the nightstands of Alta's editors—and maybe get a few ideas for your own bedside table reading material. 

In The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Montgomery (Jonathan Majors, left) and Jimmie (Jimmie Fails) are best friends who squat in Jimmie’s former family home and set out to restore it to grandeur.
A24 FILMS
SCREENS

‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’ Will Make You Cry

The Last Black Man in San Francisco wrests lyrical beauty from a tale of gentrification, economic inequality, and homesickness.

Built in 1908, the Gamble House was designed by architects Greene & Greene, for use by David and Mary Gamble (of Procter & Gamble fame) as a winter residence.
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PLACES

Arts and Crafts Icon

Each year, 25,000 visitors flock to the Gamble House, an architectural masterpiece built in 1908.

Paco Tolson, Maureen Sebastian, Samantha Quan, and Raymond Lee in South Coast Repertory’s 2015 world premiere of Vietgone
DEBORA ROBINSON/SCR
THEATER

Qui Nguyen Finds a Home

South Coast Repertory has a knack for birthing influential new work like Vietgone and Poor Yella Rednecks.

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

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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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.