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Boom (2016) 6 (1): 108–115.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Geoff Nicholson A personal essay about visiting and living in the California desert, the architecture and art created there, and what does and doesn’t “belong” there. There are considerations of homesteader cabins, motels, “villains’ houses” and the author’s own ambivalent urges to own a piece of...
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Boom (2015) 5 (3): 81–85.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Jacob Ward A personal essay on the author’s transition from editor of Popular Science magazine to science reporter for Al Jazeera America, the television channel. He finds that the new role—and good science reporting generally—provides a lens through which to see most major news stories dominating...
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Boom (2016) 6 (4): 62–69.
Published: 01 December 2016
...Caitlin Mohan This personal piece of non-fiction explores the history of the Sierra Foothills and the current changes brought on by the marijuana industry. Attempts to present various ways of looking at how the changes in the Yuba River watershed are about and reflect important changes in...
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Boom (2016) 6 (4): 70–73.
Published: 01 December 2016
... With A California Requiem Editor s note: Having served as chair of the National Endowment for the Artsfrom 2003 to 2009, Dana Gioia has long been known for his provocative essays,for his work in literary criticism, and especially for his poetry and advocacy of the craft. A native Californian born...
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Boom (2016) 6 (4): 39–51.
Published: 01 December 2016
...Lynell George Moving back and forth from Los Angeles to San Francisco, this essay travels back in time to an imported experience of African American culture that came to the West Coast. Part of a familial culture, which converged with this place amidst the streets, and trees, and family heirlooms...
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Boom (2016) 6 (4): 74–79.
Published: 01 December 2016
... these artistic ideals, Alexis Smith, in a 2010 interview available on YouTube, says that she thinks of herself as a novelist who lets a story lead her rather than the other way around. She wants art to reveal itself through her work. The meaning of art, she declared, should be cultural, not personal...
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Boom (2016) 6 (4): 16–27.
Published: 01 December 2016
... economically than racially consequential, the negligible overlap between Latino and techie demographics means that the possible disappearance of Latino San Francisco is very real. This essay uses the famed murals of the Mission District as the lens through which we can see Latinos’ complex and historical...
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Boom (2016) 6 (3): 1–3.
Published: 01 September 2016
... distinguishedhimself by the personal intimacy he establishes with his subjects and the inventiveness of his practice. With his ability to find beauty in the starkest reality, Lyon has through his work provided a charged alternative to the bland vision of American life often depicted in the mass media. This exhibition...
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Boom (2016) 6 (3): 100–109.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Jonathan Banfill; Angélica Becerra; Jeannette Mundy What role should California’s public universities play in addressing borders—transnational, as well as those among and within cities? This essay highlights the need to develop tools that will enable alternative way to produce knowledge—one that...
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Boom (2016) 6 (3): 18–24.
Published: 01 September 2016
... for fiction. But I do understand your query if it is about why the projects seem over the years to move from what s been defined as transnational to more personal sub- jects of local community and home. Maybe I ve been cir- cling these issues and honing in. My next book is based on a family archive of...
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Boom (2016) 6 (3): 68–79.
Published: 01 September 2016
... deployed in the name of saving this oddball spit of land from and for its users of many species. Drawing from information collected over sixteen years of visits to the Bulb, including scores of hours of interviews beginning in 2013, this essay brings together work from an interdisciplinary team of UC...
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Boom (2016) 6 (3): 25–31.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Jonathan Crisman Urban Humanities is emerging as a set of academic programs, scholarly approaches, and research agendas. Employing the conceptual tool “immanent speculation” this essay sets forth a proposal for practicing an inherently unknowable future in order to create the conditions for that...
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Boom (2016) 6 (3): 94–99.
Published: 01 September 2016
... arbitrary divisions between entities so that both their interconnections as well as collisions become more apparent. There are three interrelated ways that urban humanities go beyond conventional comparative urban studies and contribute to our understanding of the urban. In this essay, the matter is fleshed...
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Boom (2016) 6 (2): 74–87.
Published: 01 June 2016
...Richard Ross This photo essay and introduction focus on people in California prisons who were sentenced to decades in prison for crimes committed as juveniles. The United States is the only country in the world to sentence juveniles to life in prison. A majority of juveniles sentenced to life serve...
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Boom (2016) 6 (2): 57–59.
Published: 01 June 2016
... transformational. This pendulum shift is the hard-won result of the organizing and advocacy efforts of passionate, resilient people who have lived with the ramifications of the gross failures of our justice system. In this essay, Stauring describes the work he’s done over the past quarter of a century to help...
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Boom (2016) 6 (1): 4–11.
Published: 01 March 2016
... conditions of the twenty-first century. This essay argues that California is leading the way in defining a new code to deal responsibly-and profitably-with climate change and its effects. © 2016 by The Regents of the University of California 2016 Drought Oroville Dam Oakland emissions groundwater...
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Boom (2016) 6 (1): 45–50.
Published: 01 March 2016
... projects. Between 1950 and 1955, the total operating mileage of freeways in the Los Angeles area increased by 450 percent, according to David Brodsley s seminal work L.A. Freeway: An Appreciative Essay. By the time funding for the interstate highway system was approved by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in...
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Boom (2015) 5 (4): 94–99.
Published: 01 December 2015
... they could lend me a copy of the Qur an so that I may pray. They only had Christian books, they said. No one has donated any copies of the Qur an to our hospital So I went back home and returned to the hospital with my personal copy so that I could pray at my father s bedside. After he died, I left...
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Boom (2015) 5 (4): 54–63.
Published: 01 December 2015
... context of the marketplace. In sharing in these religious and cross-cultural experiences, participants become enmeshed in the complicated and vibrant diversity of California, up close and personal, as physical as the bodies encountered there. © 2015 by the Regents of the University of California 2015...
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Boom (2015) 5 (4): 78–84.
Published: 01 December 2015
... Jesus acid was personal for McCloud, a way to display his own theology in the form of something that both was and was not religion properly defined. It reflected a lifestyle. Perhaps this is what happens with ordinary and extraordinary artifacts in California, religious or not, but treated as religious...