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.
Gil Scott-Heron and Words from His Daughter Gia
Gil Scott-Heron and Words from His Daughter Gia
Poet Gia Scott-Heron, daughter of the late Gil Scott-Heron, hailed by many as the Godfather of Rap, speaks about her father's work, their relationship and her own blossoming literary career.
All Things Must Pass: House of the Moon (Coda)
All Things Must Pass: House of the Moon (Coda)
In the final installment, we come full circle, back to Fred Drake, the "gay cowboy rocker" who led us into the House of the Moon.
Shooting The Desert: House of the Moon, Part VII
Shooting The Desert: House of the Moon, Part VII
In the penultimate excerpt, we remain beyond the buzz and speculation of the real estate boom of the 2000s, hanging with the scruffy bohemians that helped to pioneer the art colony, and at Al's Swinger, the working-class watering hole, where an elder's passing marks an important transition.
Laureate on Laureate Action: A Conversation Between California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and Inlandia Literary Laureate Gayle Brandeis
Laureate on Laureate Action: A Conversation Between California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and Inlandia Literary Laureate Gayle Brandeis
Gayle Brandeis and Juan Felipe Herrera, appointed California Poet Laureate, exchange words over e-mail on writing and laureate life.
An American Carnival: House of the Moon, Part VI
An American Carnival: House of the Moon, Part VI
Rubén returns to Al's Swinger, a hangout for Marines and the High Desert working class, which suddenly find themselves wondering about whether the new arrivals to the desert are a harbinger of gentrification and its discontents.
Civilians on the Battlefield: House of the Moon, Part V
Civilians on the Battlefield: House of the Moon, Part V
Last week, Rubén visited the high art scene of the desert, which had a distant view of the Marine Corps training base north of Joshua Tree. In this installment, we get a close-up of the battlefield, via a young desert denizen's journey onto the California sand dunes that serve as a simulacrum of the Persian Gulf.
High (Desert) Art: House of the Moon, Part IV
High (Desert) Art: House of the Moon, Part IV
In this week's installment of "House Of the Moon," the arrival of a renowned artist to the scene reveals the fault lines all the more intensely (and ironically).
Local Colors: House of the Moon, Part III
Local Colors: House of the Moon, Part III
This weeks' excerpt of Rubén Martínez's upcoming release, DESERT AMERICA, the new desert denizens learn about their new home and the complex social geography set amid the iconic vistas. The more the newcomers explore the Mojave, the more they came to realize there were many deserts within the desert.
A Year in the Life: Manuel Paul López's '1984'
A Year in the Life: Manuel Paul López's '1984'
Manuel Paul López is a writer's writer synthesizing his encyclopedic knowledge of modern and contemporary literature with a border-child vernacular sensibility. His work '1984' comes to life in Artbound's animation.
Sex, Drugs, and Drying Out in the Desert: House of the Moon, Part II
Sex, Drugs, and Drying Out in the Desert: House of the Moon, Part II
We continue deeper into our desert journey, which describes the gradual gathering of personalities on a quest for spirit and art in the Mojave. It is a trip from the city to the country... from Hollywood to the High Desert... from one imaginary to another.
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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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