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Spying the Secrets of Creativity

By Coby McDonald

In late January of 1958, five of America’s most renowned writers converged in a repurposed frat house just off the Berkeley campus for what promised to be a long, strange weekend.


Marshawn Lynch Acts Like an Actor

By the editors at California magazine

… and other Berkeley movies, books, and entertainment

The Man Who Came to Class by Plane

By Bill Zhou, M.Eng. ’23 As told to Margie Cullen, M.J. ’22

I really loved transportation growing up.

San Quentin / Pat Joseph

Stuck in the Middle

By Glen Martin

Kevin Sawyer is a man of many parts. He's a certified commercial and residential electrician. A trained paralegal. A skilled guitarist and pianist. He's also an inmate at San Quentin State Prison serving an indeterminate life sentence for burglary and sexual assault.

“Nakata,” Roamer October 1910 Album, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Nakata’s Smile: Unlocking the Diaries of Jack London’s Valet

By Aleta George

The reference librarian slid the archival container across the counter. “This looks like a fun box to look through,” he said. I smiled behind my face mask.

Eastwind Books Multicultural Services

This Iconic Berkeley Bookstore Lives On After Closure

By Emily Wilson

Eastwind Books of Berkeley, which Beatrice and Harvey Dong took over in 1996 and ran until it closed at the end of April, had a mission to create a community. 

getty images/D C Malan

Berkeley Bucks the Trend in Humanities

By Hayden Royster

Early into his tenure as chancellor, Clark Kerr had a realization: Berkeley’s humanities were in crisis.

Courtesy of William Kentridge

What to Read, Watch, and Listen to this Summer

By The editors of California

Berkeley’s best entertainment offerings


Publisher Wants Your Thrutopian Novel

By Leah Worthington

Author and activist Aya de León talks about rewriting the climate narrative through pop fiction.

Margie Cullen

A Writer of Books Housed in Libraries

By Aleta George

Dorothy Lazard’s first library—the one that cracked open her world and made her love libraries—was the Western Addition Branch in San Francisco.

Special Edition of “What to Read, Watch, and Listen To”

By the editors of California magazine

Try one of these this summer

Nancy Rubin sitting in her backyard home garden (Courtesy of Magnolia Network)

Notes to Selves

By Margie Cullen

In high school, one of Nancy Rubin’s teachers had his students write a letter to themselves that he surprised them with at the end of the semester.