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Futures Past

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Today’s post was originally published on LARB Channel Boom, which describes it as “exploring California landscapes with the San Francisco Estuary Institute.” By Erin Beller, Ruth Askevold, and Robin Grossinger Heading home from a successful duck hunting trip near the Sacramento River one rainy winter evening around 1850, William Wright got hopelessly lost in a muddy […]


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John Muir, A Century On

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Today’s post is from LARB Channel Boom. Photo: Tree in Field, 2006, from A New Pastoral: Views of the San Joaquin Valley. Photograph by Barron Bixler. By Glen M. MacDonald John Muir, the grand old man of the Sierra Nevada, died 100 years ago in a Los Angeles hospital bed with only an unfinished book manuscript […]


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California and The Invisible Bridge

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Today’s post, a review of Rick Perlstein’s The Invisible Bridge, was originally published by LARB Channel Boom. By Thad Kousser When the immigrant refugees were first transported, in huddled mass after huddled mass, into federal facilities spread across the country, local reactions were visceral and virulent. Residents signed petitions to let them know they weren’t welcome, talk […]


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What’s the Matter with San Francisco?

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Below is a piece from Boom, one of our LARB Channels. We’ve reproduced it in full here; to read the original, and to check out more from Boom, visit their website.  By Eve Bachrach and Jon Christensen From Boom Summer 2014, Vol 4, No 2 We’re not arguing about what really matters. So many columns filled, so much hand […]


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A Quantitative Analysis of California in World Literature, from Boom

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  David L. Ulin writes: California owes its name to the written word. The source is the fictional Queen Califia, whose story comes from the Spanish writer Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo’s 1510 romance The Adventures of Esplandián. “Know ye,” Rodrí­guez de Montalvo wrote, “that at the right hand of the Indies there is an island called California, […]


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California Soul: Boom Interviews Richard Rodriguez

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(With today’s post from Boom, the LARB Blog continues featuring content from its new Channels Project. The LARB Channels — which include the websites Avidly, Marginalia and Boom — are a community of independent online magazines specializing in literary criticism, politics, science, arts and culture, supported by the Los Angeles Review of Books.) Recently, Boom interviewed Richard Rodriguez. They called the […]