Mardou Fox Was More Than Kerouac’s Muse
She was the inspiration for Jack Kerouac’s The Subterraneans, but who was Alene Lee?
‘Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992’ Meets Los Angeles, 2023
Anna Deavere Smith’s landmark play, grounded in the past, gets a reboot for the present.
Song and Dance
In Laura Warrell’s first novel, Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm, jazz becomes a character all its own.
Journals That Will Get You Writing
The clean, crisp pages of a handmade journal help writer Lynell George puzzle out her thoughts.
Revolutionary Letters and Spring and Autumn Annals recall the power of Diane di Prima’s voice.
Playing a Sweet Mix of Gumbo
Chuck Taggart uses the music of his native New Orleans as a way to bring us all together.
Excerpt: ‘A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky’
In A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky, Lynell George explores the inner life of the MacArthur-winning Pasadena writer Octavia E. Butl…
Clora Bryant Blew Doors Open
“Trumpetiste” Clora Bryant embodied the fireball energy of Central Avenue’s jazz scene.
Fiction fans, take note: our fall picks feature two novels—wayward aunts and a small-press editor bent on mysteries—and two collections…