The Brentwood of My Youth—Joan Didion’s Brentwood—Is Long Gone

Growing up in the Westside neighborhood in the late ’70s, I reveled in its affluent simplicity. Now, I hardly recognize it
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If Ever There Were a City to Finesse a Catastrophe, It’s Los Angeles

A city shaped by fires, floods, droughts, and earthquakes may never be the same after this latest disaster—but it never stays the same for long anyway
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Kobe Bryant Embodied the Soul of Los Angeles Like No One Else

The late Lakers legend represented the maddening contradictions, startling light, and strange darkness of L.A.
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The Unique Disappointment of Being a High School Senior in 2020

According to one Westside charter school student, the pandemic hasn't just caused the cancelation of a slew of timeworn American rituals—it's complicated the Class of 2020's future
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The Pleasures of Plane Spotting at the Proud Bird

For writer Anthony Pignataro, spending afternoons at the LAX-set restaurant became a connection to his present, his past, and the people who’ve populated both
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Will the Pandemic Turn Us All Into Teenage Girls?

As we spend more time gazing at our phones and monitoring our social feeds during the safer-at-home order, experts worry our mental health could suffer
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As Wildfires Ravage the State, the Dark Side of the California Dream Slinks Out of the Shadows

Fires have always loomed large over the California landscape—both a cleansing promise and an obliterating threat. But like so much else these days, they suddenly seem out of control
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In a Coronavirus World, ‘The Love Boat’ Is Still Afloat

A campy confection that gleefully ignores the realities cruise-ship life is just what Doc ordered right now
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What I Saw from the Midst of the Looting in Santa Monica

One writer offers his personal account of being on the ground as vandalism and looting spread though Santa Monica on Sunday
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During Quarantine, a Zoom Writers’ Room Became My Connection to the Outside World

The experiment brought me up close and personal with quirky strangers—and saved me from my quarantined self