Winter 2018/Issue 5

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LOS ANGELES PROVIDES FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Don’t look now, but a fresh generation of chefs, ingredients and food trends is helping Los Angeles to overtake San Francisco as the West Coast’s food and restaurant capital. By Tamara Palmer

THE BROWNING OF ORANGE COUNTY’S WHITE LEGACY

Unimaginable a generation ago, the formerly rich, white, conservative enclave of Orange County is now dominated by Hispanics and Asians—and they’re reshaping everything about the county. By Gustavo Arellano

HOW NEAL CASSADY BECAME JACK KEROUAC’S MAN OF LETTERS

Thought lost for a half century, Neal Cassady’s famed “Joan Anderson Letter” reemerges—and takes its place as a cornerstone of Beat literary history and controversy. By David L. Ulin

CRIMINAL HIVE MINDS

In agriculture, bees are big business—and they’re attracting big crime. Who’s stealing the bees of the Central Valley? By Byard Duncan of Reveal/Center for Investigative Reporting

NOT JUST ANOTHER TALKING HEAD

Jerry Harrison was an anchor of the Talking Heads. Now he’s found his own path as a musician, businessman and investor. A conversation with Will Hearst

ATOMIC BOMBSHELL

Unraveling a mystery: Why was Marilyn Monroe lounging by a silent film star’s pool and repeating “I hate a careless man”? By Cari Beauchamp

FINDING COUNTERCULTURE SUCCESS IN FAILURE

Fifty years ago, Stewart Brand’s Whole Earth Catalog became a publishing sensation. But it wouldn’t have happened if his mentor, Dick Raymond, hadn’t given him room to fail. By John Markoff

GOING WHERE OTHER COMPOSERS FEAR TO TREAD

John Adams has made a career of composing modern operas about contemporary subjects like Nixon, terrorists and the atomic bomb. By Jeff Kaliss

PORTFOLIO: Jim Heimann

California Crazy. Photography collection of Jim Heimann

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