‘Taro’ by Karen Tei Yamashita

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Digging Into Wallace Stegner’s Theft of a Literary Life

Finding current relevancy in the accusations of plagiarism that have long haunted a classic of the West: Stegner’s Angle of Repose.

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Trailblazer: Syren Nagakyrie

Trekking toward an equitable outdoors.


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Uncanny Valley

In Valleyesque, Fernando A. Flores raises the stakes.

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The Never-Ending Story

In Becoming Story: A Journey Among Seasons, Places, Trees, and Ancestors, Greg Sarris recalls the saga of his life.

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Ways of Seeing

Mark Haber discusses his novel Saint Sebastian’s Abyss and the vagaries of art.

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Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy

In Corporate Rock Sucks, Jim Ruland traces an independent label’s rise and fall.

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Joan Didion: 1934–2021

Alta celebrates the first lady of California letters with reflections from Griffin Dunne, Anita Kunz, Bret Easton Ellis and more.


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Alta Live: Did Stegner Steal ‘Angle of Repose'?

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Wild Boars with Photographer Gordon Wiltsie
He’s an internationally renowned adventure photographer, but Gordon Wiltsie’s latest assignment for Alta Journal—photographing Californ…
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Alta Live: Author Jane McGonigal

In this eye-opening interview, Jane McGonigal helps us prepare for a very imaginable future.

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Alta Live: The Legacy of Tupac Shakur

Twenty-five years after his murder, legendary rapper Tupac Shakur looms larger than ever.


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Karina Longworth’s Erotic ’80s

Remembering the erotic ’80s with Karina Longworth.

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Celebrating Black Women in Pop Music

A conversation with Danyel Smith.

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The Fading San Francisco Newsstand

A San Francisco newsstand owner looks back.

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A Literary Detective Story

A playwright turned literary detective on what Wallace Stegner took from Mary Hallock Foote.