Summer 2021/Issue 16

alta journal, cover, summer 2021, issue 16, in search of the secret west
Michael Schwab

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Publisher’s Note: The End of Hibernation

By Will Hearst

Michael Schwab: Illustrating an Icon

Healing the Navajo Nation

By Constance Hale

Poetry: “Cancel Culture (The Bardo)”“(Water/Places/A Time)”

By Cedar Sigo

Fire Is Changing Farming in Wine Country

By Heather John Fogarty

Directing a Cinematic Future for Opera

By Catherine Womack

A Century-Old Murder Mystery at Stanford

By Julia Flynn Siler

The Nisenan Tribe’s Fight for Visibility

By Christian Kiefer

Growing Mushrooms Into Luxury Goods

By Adam Fisher

A Sexy Reading Series?

By Anita Felicelli


Special Section: Alta California Guides

In Search of the Secret West

    Our Favorite Hideaways

    Will Hearst in conversation with Paul Saffo

    Alta Picks: DiscoverSeeRecordSurvive

    By Nasim Ghasemiyeh and Sarah Stodder

    A Wild Ride Across Nevada’s Highway 50

    By Doug Robinson

    The Hero Behind a Dorothea Lange Photo

    By Gary Kamiya

    She Was Shipwrecked and Buried Facedown

    By Lydia Lee

    What’s Not Inscribed on a Historical Marker

    By Susan Straight

    Why Colorado May Be Renaming a Range

    By Martin J. Smith

    A Literary Figure’s Futile Spiritual Quest

    By Abby M. Gibson

    The Wild West on Film

    By Louise Farr

    Ambrose Bierce: Death in the Afternoon

    By Geoffrey Gray

    Except: “The Devil’s Dictionary”

    By Ambrose Bierce


    The Profound Grace of Denis Johnson

    By John Freeman

    William Finnegan’s Surfer Life

    By David L. Ulin

    WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS: “Barbarian Days”

    By David L. Ulin

    Dana Johnson Finds Place in Fiction

    By Danzy Senna

    WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS: “Elsewhere, California”

    By David L. Ulin

    Rethinking Disaster with Rebecca Solnit

    By John Freeman

    WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS: “A PARADISE BUILT IN HELL”

    By David L. Ulin

    Fiction: “Oreo Arroyo”

    By Vanessa Hua

    Reexamining Three Prophetic L.A. Movies

    By Tim Greiving

    Poetry: [to the voice of the age][trance poem with the gray stone]

    By Brenda Hillman

    The Butterfly’s Best Friend

    By Jessica Klein

    Altatude

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