Skip to Content
David Kipen photo

David Kipen

David Kipen, a former NEA director of literature, teaches at UCLA and is the proprietor of the Libros Schmibros lending library in Los Angeles. His latest book is Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018.


Where We’re From

Put your Golden State knowledge to the test with this California-shaped crossword puzzle.

Jul 1, 2020
thomas pynchon

Thomas Pynchon Unmasked

The great California writer—if unknowingly—answers our questions about a U.S. Department of Jesus, moving back to the Golden State, and winning a Nobel Prize.

Feb 24, 2020
The bar at Musso & Frank Grill is the kind of place where a fast-talking, hardworking gumshoe or Anniversarist might grab a martini and get a hot tip.

Time Turns Around at Musso & Frank

Two-thirds authenticity to one part apocrypha, Musso & Frank Grill turns 100.

Aug 19, 2019
november 11, 1918 the end of world war i enables los angeles’s soldiers to return home, stimulating the local economy

L.A.’s Annus Mirabilis

1919 was an extraordinary year for Los Angeles, the city gained a major art museum, a movie studio, a university, a symphony, and a little restaurant called Musso & Frank.

May 6, 2019
Hearst Editorial

Alta Journal participates in an affiliate marketing program with in order to support independent booksellers. Alta Journal does not receive any commissions on books purchased from our site. All commissions are distributed to our bookstore partners.