Spring 2022/Issue 19

A devotional to California legend Joan Didion, in-depth features on NFTs, the legacy of Tupac Shakur, wild boars, and earasing Sir Francis Drake, and new fiction from author Karen Tei Yamashita are just some of the exciting components of Alta Journal's Spring 2022 issue.

alta cover, spring 2022, joan didion, julian wasser photo
JULIAN WASSER

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Editor’s Note: The Power to Discomfit

By Blaise Zerega

She Who Remembers

By Keenan Norris

Sir Francis Drake’s Date with Destiny

By Peter C. Mancall • Illustrations by Steve Carroll

Make It Rain

By Joy Lanzendorfer

Tupac in the Afterlife

By Santi Elijah Holley • Photos by Christina Gandolfo

Poetry: ‘Friendship’

By John Freeman

A Rat-Filled Casino

By Ajay Orona

Personal Favorite: The Gift of Freedom in Guston’s Flatlands

By Justin Richel

Thirsty Burros

By Susan Straight • Photos by Tod Seelie

California Is Hog Wild

By Denise Hamilton • Photos by Gordon Wiltsie


Joan Didion

JOAN DIDION’S SINGULAR VOICE

By David L. Ulin

A JOAN DIDION PRIMER

By David L. Ulin

JOAN DIDION’S CALIFORNIA

By Ava Liversidge and Eleanor Veitch

TRANCAS 1975

By Karl Taro Greenfeld

PERSONAL HISTORY: DOUG AITKEN

By Doug Aitken

SEVEN MINUTES FOR JOAN

By Griffin Dunne

PERSONAL HISTORY: ANE CRABTREE

By Ane Crabtree

THE PERVASIVE LONELINESS OF PLAY IT AS IT LAYS

By Lisa Kennedy

PERSONAL HISTORY: BRET EASTON ELLIS

By Bret Easton Ellis

PLANTING A TREE IS NOT A WAY OF LIFE

By Joan Didion

PERSONAL HISTORY: JANELLE BROWN

By Janelle Brown

JOAN DIDION EXPLORED THE UNDERCURRENTS OF LIFE WITH CLEAR-EYED HONESTY

Illustration and text by Anita Kunz


California Book Club

CHASING YOUR HEROES

By Michael Connelly

WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS: THE DARK HOURS

By David L. Ulin

NOTHING IS FUNNIER THAN UNHAPPINESS

By Maggie Nelson

WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS: THE ARGONAUTS

By David L. Ulin

THE LONG CON

By Steph Cha

WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS: YOUR HOUSE WILL PAY

By David L. Ulin


ARS POETICA

By Teresa Flores

POETRY: ‘FOG POEM NUMBER 71’

By Tongo Eisen-Martin

POEMS OF LIVED EXPERIENCE BACKLIT BY INTIMACY

By John Freeman • Photos by Penni Gladstone

‘THE WAYS OF FICTION ARE DEVIOUS INDEED’

By Sands Hall • Illustrations by Thomas Ehretsmann

ALTA PICKS: THE SIDE HUSTLES OF ALTA CONTRIBUTORS

FAR MORE THAN A BUILDING

By Joseph Giovannini • Photos by Christina Gandolfo

FICTION: ‘TARO’

By Karen Tei Yamashita • Illustrations by Victor Juhasz

TRAILBLAZER: SYREN NAGAKYRIE

By Jessica Klein

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