First I Got Pregnant. Then I Decided to Kill a Mountain Lion.
On becoming a mom.
On becoming a mom.
Did a forgotten black gumshoe inspire the famous works of both Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett?
“The most important fast food restaurant in America is a radical burger joint in Watts.”
A reporter learns to slice lox—and digs into a Los Angeles landmark’s millions in debt.
How two couples found a way to play the preschool system for profit.
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.