Literature
Southern California is the mythmaking capital of the world and writers fuel this mythos machine. In Los Angeles’ dilapidated motels and seedy bars, Charles Bukowski found beauty; Joan Didion uncovered emotional vacuity in empty Los Feliz mansions , and Phillip K. Dick delivered futuristic dystopias from Orange County. The hardboiled noir novels of Walter Mosley and James Ellroy reveal the darkness of the soul. Twenty six letters. Ten punctuation marks. Infinite possibilities.
Proof of Guilt: The Tragic Life and Public Death of Barbara Graham
Proof of Guilt: The Tragic Life and Public Death of Barbara Graham
In "Proof of Guilt: Barbara Graham and the Politics of Executing Women in America," Kathleen Cairns profiles the mid-century murder suspect whose case became a rallying cry for anti-death penalty activists.
Lion Feuchtwanger: Exile in Paradise
Lion Feuchtwanger: Exile in Paradise
Los Angeles was once a community of exiled artists and intellectuals. Best-selling author Lion Feuchtwanger served as a cultural link between continents and altered L.A.'s cultural landscape.
Queens of Noise: The Runaways
Queens of Noise: The Runaways
An excerpt from Evelyn McDonnell's new book "Queens of Noise," a biography on the band The Runaways.
Dime Stories: Temecula's 3 Minute Tales
Dime Stories: Temecula's 3 Minute Tales
Dime Stories filled a need for an open-mike venue in Temecula, a place where writers could get their words heard by an audience.
Raymond Chandler: The Master of Nasty
Raymond Chandler: The Master of Nasty
Raymond Chandler's brand of California noir is so down and so dark that it's positively inspiring and elevating.
Rob Roberge and 'The Cost of Living'
Rob Roberge and 'The Cost of Living'
In his new novel, Rob Roberge continues to mine all that is beautiful and painful in his life as a writer.
The Simulators
The Simulators
After participating in the Incendiary Traces visit to the 29 Palms Marine Base, writer David Buuck contributes an excerpt from a novel about role players in a military training scenario.
Love Among the Ruins: A Guide to Sex in the Ancient World
Love Among the Ruins: A Guide to Sex in the Ancient World
Morro Bay author Vicki León recreates the lives of ordinary -- and extraordinary -- people of the past in her literary works.
Art Meets Literature in L.A.'s Indie Presses
Art Meets Literature in L.A.'s Indie Presses
Independent publishing companies in L.A. are growing and blurring the distinction between literature and art.
Diving Into 'Moby-Dick,' George Cotkin Explores a Classic
Diving Into 'Moby-Dick,' George Cotkin Explores a Classic
In his book "Dive Deeper: Journeys with Moby-Dick," Cal Poly history professor George Cotkin examines the myriad ways Herman Melville's novel has shaped American culture.
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icon, Architecture/ Design discipline

Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

icon, Community Arts discipline

Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

icon, Cultural Politics discipline

Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

icon, Film & Media Arts discipline

Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

icon, Literature discipline

Literature

Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline

Multi-Disciplinary

Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

icon, Music discipline

Music

A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

icon, Performance discipline

Performance

Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

icon, Visual Arts discipline

Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.


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