Summer 2022/Issue 20

This comprehensive collection of our favorite West Coast indie bookstores, a star-studded exploration of space, the launch of Alta: Serials with an excerpt from Marianne Wiggins, an in-depth look at the power of public art, clever new cartoons and much more are included in Alta Journal's Summer 2022 issue.

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Publisher’s Note: The Promise of a New Space Age

By Will Hearst

Open Your Eyes, Edward James Olmos

By Gustavo Arellano • Illustration by Steve Carroll

Poetry: “Echoes” and “Rain Break

By Kim Shuck

Fighting Oppression with Diamonds

By Ishmael Reed • Photos by Marissa Leshnov

They Left Their Hearts in San Francisco

By Gary Kamiya • Photos by Chris Hardy

Coming Soon: El Último Sueño de Frida y Diego

By Emily Wilson

Why This Art: De Kooning Showed Me a Master Painter’s Trick

By Nick Aguayo

All Power to the People

By Mike Sonksen • Photos by Gregg Segal

Instruments of Change

By Matt Jaffe • Photos by Christina Gandolfo

The New Space Age

They Build Rockets Here

Will Hearst in conversation with Chris Kemp

The Sounds of Space (Movies)

By Tim Greiving

Think Different

By Robert C. Jacobson • Illustrations by James Ransome

Have Space Agent, Will Travel

By Ajay Orona

Get Ready for a 10,000-hour Round Trip

By David Ewing Duncan • Photos by Annie Mulligan

What to Read on Mars

By Ajay Orona

Poetry: “Lady Stardust

By Ishmael Reed

Space Invaders

By Kate Greene • Photos by Jason Henry

Songs of the Stars

By Ajay Orona

Getting Away from It All

By Ajay Orona

The Ultimate Solar Power Plant

By Sarah Scoles • Photo by Gregg Segal

The Startup that is Looking Up

By Nasim Ghasemiyeh

Design That Is Out of This World

By Monica Corcoran Harel • Illustration by Tim O’Brien

The Asteroid Hit and Miss List

By Nasim Ghasemiyeh

Alta Picks: How to Experience Space Without Leaving Earth

By Jessica Blough, Nasim Ghasemiyeh, and Ajay Orona

How I Bought a Russian Space Suit

By Jamis MacNiven • Photo by Chris Hardy

A Salon for Space Lovers

By Robert Ito • Photos by Gregg Segal

Painting the Heavens

By Jessica Blough

Evel Knievel, Astronaut

By Adam Fisher • Illustrations by Mark Smith

The Moon is Cool Again

By Jessica Blough

Blaze of Glory: The Fate of the International Space Station

By Ajay Orona

Alta’s 2022 Favorite Bookstores

Our Favorite Bookstores

By Blaise Zerega

Greater San Diego: The Book Catapult

By Amy E. Wallen

More San Diego Area Bookstores

By Amy E. Wallen

Los Angeles Area: Eso Won Books

By Michael Jaime-Becerra

Los Angeles Area: Skylight Books

By Michael Jaime-Becerra

More Los Angeles Area Bookstores

By Michael Jaime-Becerra

Desert/Sierra: Booktown Books

By Marcus Crowder

Desert/Sierra: Space Cowboy Books

By Ken Layne

More Desert/Sierra Bookstores

By Ken Layne

Central Coast: Henry Miller Memorial Library

By Mark Wallace

More Central Coast Bookstores

By Mark Wallace

Central Valley: Underground Books

By Sara Borjas

More Central Valley Bookstores

By Sara Borjas and Jane Ciabattari

Bay Area: Marcus Books

By Faith Adiele

Bay Area: The Booksmith

By Faith Adiele

More Bay Area Bookstores

By Faith Adiele and Jane Ciabattari

North Coast: Tin Can Mailman

By Joy Lanzendorfer

More North Coast Bookstores

By Joy Lanzendorfer

Oregon: Mother Foucault’s Bookshop

By Santi Elijah Holley

More Oregon Bookstores

By Santi Elijah Holley

Washington: Left Bank Books

By Claire Dederer

More Washington Bookstores

By Claire Dederer

Other Notables: The Writer’s Block

By Scott Dickensheets

A Few More Bookstores Worth Exploring Across the West

By Kim Cross, Scott Dickensheets, M.T. Hartnell, Jim Lewis, Anne Pedersen, Julian Smith

California Book Club

Books Were My Saving Grace

By Luis J. Rodriguez

Why You Should Read This: Always Running

By David L. Ulin

My Book Came Out and Nothing Happened

By Rabih Alameddine

Why You Should Read This: The Wrong End of the Telescope

By David L. Ulin

‘The Rules at the Pool’

By Julie Otsuka

Why You Should Read This: The Swimmers

By David L. Ulin

Public Purpose, Public Art

By Carla Blank • Photos by Christie Hemm Klok

Poetry: “Friend Poem

By Rachel Richardson

The Seeker

By Faith Adiele

You Can’t Save What You Don’t Love

By David L. Ulin • Photos by Dustin Snipes

Fiction: Properties of Thirst

By Marianne Wiggins • Illustrations by Victor Juhasz

Trailblazer: Amika Mota

By Jessica Klein



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