in-n-out

How California-Born Restaurants Conquered America

From Taco Bell to McDonald’s, Wienerschnitzel to IHOP, most of the food giants that took over the world were cooked up in California. A look back at the origins of the real California cuisine.
tupac

The Devil’s Bargain: The Inside Story of Tupac Shakur and Suge Knight

In an excerpt from ’Changes: An Oral History of Tupac Shakur,’ those close to the late rapper recount a fateful relationship that would set into motion Tupac's untimely demise—and change the trajectory of hip-hop history
tj newman

How a Former Flight Attendant Wound Up Writing the Summer’s Buzziest Beach Read

After 41 rejections, T.J. Newman is ascending with 'Falling'

Gina Yashere’s ‘Unconventional’ Journey from Elevator Engineer to Sitcom Co-Creator

In a new memoir, the L.A.-based British comedian traces her path from working-class East London to Hollywood, where she looked to her roots to create a show that's an ode to her Nigerian mother
lowriders

A Glimpse at the People and Cars of L.A.’s Lowrider Scene

Lowrider culture, spawned in the 1940s, is thriving across Southern California. But as a photographer who spent five years chronicling it discovered, this time women are making their presence known
summer books

Better Than Beach Reads: A Guide to This Summers Buzziest Books

From thrillers to poetry, summer’s biggest books are ready to hit the sand
feral house

Years After Its Founder’s Death, Cult Publisher Feral House Is Still Celebrating the Bizarre

The L.A.-founded indie publisher continues to put out books that probe our culture's hidden corners, from UFO cults to Satanists
yvonne orji

Yvonne Orji Was Headed to Med School, but God Had a Different Plan

The actress-comedian—and now author—talks about being funny and having faith
judson stained glass

A Storied Highland Park Studio Is Still Shedding New Light on Stained Glass

After 120-plus years, Judson Studios is making stained glass that's exciting to 21st century eyes
vans

How Skateboarders (and Sean Penn) Turned Vans into a Fashion Powerhouse

In a new memoir, Vans founder Paul Van Doren recalls how his tiny Anaheim company went global