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 and other toxins through ceramic pipes. Around a corner, a... 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 become one of the first Latina hat designers in the... 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 some of its most indelible myths, had died at her... More
Aldous Huxley's Brave New L.A.

Aldous Huxley’s Brave New L.A.

FIFTY YEARS AGO, on November 22nd, 1963, in his home at the top of Mulholland Highway beneath the first “O” in the Hollywood sign, the British author, psychedelic pioneer and visionary thinker Aldous Huxley lost his three-year battle with cancer. Per his written request, Huxley’s second wife, Laura, injected him with a dose of liquid... More