Los Angeles-based writer and editor Steffie Nelson explores the places where art, style, culture and history intersect. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, W Magazine, and many others. She is the editor of the essay collection Slouching Towards Los Angeles: Living and Writing by Joan Didion’s Light, published in February 2020, and coauthor of Judson: Innovation in Stained Glass, published in March 2020.

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  • Slouching Towards Los Angeles

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    A collection of 25 new essays inspired by Joan Didion and the West.

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    An illustrated history of this historic Los Angeles stained glass studio.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Art of Reparation: Lauren Bon Imagines the L.A. River After Us

    The Art of Reparation: Lauren Bon Imagines the L.A. River After Us

    Inside the small, ground-floor gallery, the air is moist and fragrant with dirt and hanging bundles of sagebrush, amaranth, yerba mansa and ephedra. One wall is lined with topographic maps; against another, teardrop-shaped beakers steadily drip water solutions into contaminated soil, filtering out lead, arsenic... More
  • Heads Up: A Q&A with the Mexican American Milliner Gladys Tamez

    Heads Up: A Q&A with the Mexican American Milliner Gladys Tamez

    When Lady Gaga appeared on the cover of her 2016 album, Joanne, unadorned except for a gently tapered pink felt hat, the Mexican American designer Gladys Tamez officially stepped center stage. She launched her line, Gladys Tamez Millinery, in Los Angeles in 2014 and would... More
  • Flowers for Didion: A California Transplant Says Goodbye to Her Idol on a Visit to New York

    Flowers for Didion: A California Transplant Says Goodbye to Her Idol on a Visit to New York

    The messages started coming in at noon, Eastern time. “Joan Didion died.” “Joan.” Heartbreak emojis. Instagram posts featuring the glamorous black-and-white portraits I can see with my eyes closed. A link to her obituary. California daughter Joan Didion, whose writings about her home state excavated and formed... More

RECENT WORK

The Floating Sound Collective Tunes In, Outside

The Floating Sound Collective Tunes In, Outside

It feels a little bit like joining a secret society — that is, if secret societies were open to everyone. “Text a cloud emoji to this number,” instructs the Instagram... More
Brother Nature: Obi Kauffman and his California Field Atlas Series

Brother Nature: Obi Kauffman and his California Field Atlas Series

  “This is a love story.” So begins Obi Kaufmann’s The California Field Atlas (Heyday), an illustrated guide to the natural world of California that sat atop the San Francisco... More
Like A Rainbow: Ariana Papademetropoulos and the Emerald Tablet

Like A Rainbow: Ariana Papademetropoulos and the Emerald Tablet

Ariana Papademetropoulos. “Origins” (2021). Oil on canvas. 84” x 120”. Courtesy of Ariana Papademetropoulos and Jeffrey Deitch Los Angeles. The artist Ariana Papademetropoulos moves effortlessly between dimensions. With her recent... More
Star 80: Nick Taggart's LA Stories Encapsulates an Era and a City's Electric Energy

Star 80: Nick Taggart’s LA Stories Encapsulates an Era and a City’s Electric Energy

When the British-born artist Nick Taggart came to Los Angeles in 1977, he planned to stay for three months. Four-plus decades later, he is still here, living on the same... More
Joan Didion Explores the 'Shimmer' in a New Collection

Joan Didion Explores the ‘Shimmer’ in a New Collection

“You know, sometimes I think I can’t think at all unless I’m behind my typewriter,” Joan Didion told an editor for Ms. magazine during an interview at the author’s Malibu... More
A New 'Library of Esoterica' Brings the Occult to Your Coffee Table

A New ‘Library of Esoterica’ Brings the Occult to Your Coffee Table

Not so long ago, the discovery of esoteric knowledge was a rite unto itself, requiring research and travel, as many dead ends as discoveries. Today, these quests are as simple... More
The California Dream of Elysian Landscapes

The California Dream of Elysian Landscapes

For Judy Kameon, the most important role a garden can fulfill is to create community, so there is a poetic synergy in the fact that her career as a garden... More
Corita Kent: Pop Artist, Public Servant, Rebel Nun

Corita Kent: Pop Artist, Public Servant, Rebel Nun

“To be fully alive is to work for the common good.” —Corita Kent The artist best known as Sister Corita was born Frances Elizabeth Kent in 1918. She grew up... More
Sara Ruffin Costello's Southern Charms

Sara Ruffin Costello’s Southern Charms

Seven years ago, Sara Ruffin Costello and her family did what so many New Yorkers dream of but never dare—they left behind the urban rat race for a slower, sweeter... More
The New Face of the Hotel Figueroa

The New Face of the Hotel Figueroa

Elegant and airy, lit by natural skylights and chandeliers, warmed by wood paneling, plush seating and a central fireplace, and decorated with contemporary art, books and rare objets: This quietly... More