A visit to the massive Northern California surf break.
How a group of hippie surfers and a former Spanish teacher built the largest weed-smuggling empire on the West Coast.
Previously: Bearman discusses this story on the Longform Podcast.
On the writers, poets and beats in a reclusive California town, where residents repeatedly tear down highway signs indicating its location.
On former nursing student One L. Goh, who killed six people at Oikos University in Oakland, California, and what it means to the Korean immigrant community.
On Lucille Miller, who in San Bernadino in 1964 was convicted of burning her husband to death in his Volkswagen.
Portraits from weed country.
A visit to the newly on-the-market Jamesburg Earth Station, a massive satellite receiver that played a key role in communications with space, and its neighbors in an adjacent trailer park.
From Vallejo to San Jose, a tour of local government despair:
The relationship between the people and their money in California is such that you can pluck almost any city at random and enter a crisis.More Lewis: the complete financial disaster tourism series to date.
The underground culture of big waves and wild times in 1961 Malibu, and the gang of teenage boys who worshiped at the feet of the beach’s dark prince, surfing legend and grifter Miki Dora.
Part one of a planned nine-part serialized biography of Harrison Gray Otis, the “inventor of modern Los Angeles.”Future installments will include Otis’s interlude as “emperor of the Pribilofs,” his military atrocities in the Philippines, his bitter legal battles with the Theosophists, the Otis-Chandler empire in the Mexicali Valley, the Times bombing in 1910, the notorious discovery of fellatio in Long Beach, and Otis’s quixotic plan for world government.
Uncovering Southern California’s country music roots.
On his legacy, his impact on California, and why “saints should be judged guilty until proven innocent.”
Alan Young has been running the same scam for years; posing as a member of the Temptations and smooth-talking his way into luxury hotel rooms and prostitutes. Despite his clear charm, he admits he has “no skills other than being a con man.”
The immersive mise en scène of a Hollister flagship store, redolent of California beach towns that don’t exist, “lazy, hygienic sexuality,” and weed.
The author investigates the massive wildlife die-off in the Salton Sea by rafting from its tributaries in Mexico.
In the early ’80s, underground chemists cooked up synthetic versions of heroin that took over the market in California—and left young users with symptoms typically associated with Parkinson’s.
For the members of UCLA’s undocumented immigrant club, going to school means fighting for an education most students take for granted.