Reviews

  • Aguachile with Hokkaido scallop, cucumber, citrus and serrano pepper
    LIZ KUBALL

    New Mexican

    - It started in a food truck, and then went upscale. Is Costa Mesa's Taco Maria the most important restaurant in California right now?
Artist Obi Kaufmann
PAUL COLLINS
BOOKS

Blazing New Paths

‘The California Field Atlas’ looks at the state’s natural beauty from every angle — and its popularity is soaring. Copies of the new book are almost impossible to keep in stock. Paul Saffo explains why.

BOOKS

Go-Cup Journalism

Warren Hinckle's editor at the San Francisco Examiner takes us into the newsroom on a "wacko" night with the infamous muckraker — and reviews two Hinckle books in the process.

By 1969, Jann Wenner had turned Rolling Stone into the bible of rock music and popular culture. It was all downhill from there.By 1969, Jann Wenner had turned Rolling Stone into the bible of rock music and popular culture. It was all downhill from there.
BETTMAN ARCHIVES
BOOKS

Gathering Dirt

‘Sticky Fingers,’ a new biography of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone magazine, gets the sordid details right but misses the big picture.

Hollywood, circa 1905, looking south above Franklin Avenue, with Orange Drive to the right and Prospect Avenue (now Hollywood Boulevard) in the center. The white house in the center of the photo is now the site of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.Hollywood, circa 1905, looking south above Franklin Avenue, with Orange Drive to the right and Prospect Avenue (now Hollywood Boulevard) in the center. The white house in the center of the photo is now the site of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
BISON ARCHIVES AND HOLLYWOOD HISTORIC PHOTOS
BOOKS

Celluloid Heroes

Cari Beauchamp's "My First Time in Hollywood" is an anthology of annotated recollections culled from 42 pioneers in the early days of the movies.

Carol Queen, the staff sexologist at Good Vibrations, holds a 1940s-era Niagara vibrator, part of the store’s extensive collection of antique sex toys.
CRAIG LEE
FAN LETTER

Great Vibrations

It’s the sex-positive, queer-friendly, feminist atmosphere at Good Vibrations that's allowed the grandmother of vibrator shops to thrive in San Francisco for three decades.

ISTOCK
BOOKS

Tightrope Walker

It may seem like overstatement to call Gina Berriault’s “Women in Their Beds” a masterpiece, but that’s what it is.