Mysterious American Cat
On the mountain lions of Los Angeles.
On the mountain lions of Los Angeles.
Behind the scenes with Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, and a 22-year-old film student named John Singleton.
Scenes from the Los Angeles tech boom.
A murder case in Los Angeles, cold since the late ’80s, heats up thanks to breakthroughs in forensic science and leads detectives to “one of the unlikeliest murder suspects in the city’s history.”
On settling in Los Angeles after life as a war correspondent in the Middle East.
From 1976 to 1986, one of the most violent serial criminals in American history terrorized communities throughout California. He was little known, never caught, and might still be out there. The author, along with several others, couldn’t stop working on the case.
On the overstated effect of the Santa Ana winds on human behavior and the understated impact of climate change on LA’s seasons.
How one billionaire owner outflanked two others and brought the NFL back to Los Angeles, doubling the value of his franchise.
He’s been accused of fraud, sexual assault, and using drugs. But for Chris Bathum, who doesn’t have prior experience treating people struggling with addiction, opening several facilities promising to do just that has been surprisingly easy—and lucrative.
She was a Canadian student whose travels brought her to the cheap hotel on Skid Row. The only clue in her disappearance was a strange elevator video in which she peeks and then gestures with her hands down an unseen hallway.
Fuzzy memories of a house overlooking the Sunset Strip that played host to a generation of comics—including Sam Kinison, Andrew Dice Clay, and Robin Williams—launching dozens of careers and about as many drug problems.
The abusive relationship between a Bell Gardens mayor and his wife ends with her firing a gun.
His health failing and his business in tatters, the head of Death Row Records faces murder charges that could put him away for life.
Previously: Does a Sugar Bear Bite? (Lynn Hirschberg • New York Times Magazine • Jan 1996)
Rebellious teens on the Sunset Strip.
Reprinted by Longform and available online in full for the first time, this article also appears in Adler's new collection, After the Tall Timber.
The many lives of Josh Tillman, who on the way to releasing one of the year’s best albums was “a defiant child of God, a broke dishwasher, a successful drummer, a Dionysian shaman, a failed poet, a drug-hoovering spiritualist, and a gleeful prankster.”
We are all going to die. So what does it look like?
This article won the 2011 National Magazine Award for feature writing.
“You probably don’t believe me, but I didn’t kill Harry.”
A hardcore night of Dungeons & Dragons with artist Zak Smith and his coterie of porn star players.
Under the cover of curing addicts, they beat and brainwashed their charges in basements across California. When a cult deprogrammer crossed them, he found a rattlesnake in his mailbox.
On the anger that led to the Watts Riots of 1965, the mistakes made during those six days in August, and how little changed afterward.
On the palm trees of Los Angeles.
How the feds went after Thick Neck, Guilty, Stomper, Gunner, Lucky, Menace, and the rest of the Amernian mob in Los Angeles.
A tale of identity in LA's television scene.
"Because he’s written television for as long as Shelly has known him, Jack drags her along on these nights, to watch staged readings of other writers’ scripts in the attic above the bar—a cramped, airless room they call the “Actor’s Den.” The television Jack makes rarely finds its way into peoples’ homes, but he makes it, one way or the other—even if he only guides it along its path to destruction like a doomsday chauffeur. The bar is wood paneled and velvety like the inside of a jewelry box. The owner drinks ancient scotch out of a miniature crystal glass and pulls constantly at his handlebar mustache, a collector of old timey things. When they arrive, he tells Jack about the two screenplays he’s writing: one comedy, one horror."
Parking garages, prisons, freeways and the world of stuff we’re not supposed to look at.
A profile of the Los Angeles Clippers owner, an oft-sued real estate baron with a documented racist streak and a penchant for heckling his own players, on the occasion of him winning an NAACP lifetime achievement award.