The Golden West Review

California History, Arts, Land, and Literature

California Cuisine: Rolling out a Barrel

We are in Ojai upwards of twice a week (our son is in school here), so we are in regular need of someplace to pass the hours twixt, say, a … Continue reading

September 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Better Kind of Ride

My first amusement park was a gravel-covered block of unincorporated West Hollywood at Beverly and La Cienega  called Beverly Park. The home of a ferris wheel, a merry go-round, a … Continue reading

August 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Chase Captures Retirement California Style

Subversive and brilliant.

August 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Books as Mind-Altering Substance

I love books for a lot of reasons, but the erudite Rod Dreher has just given me another. Fiction does not just entertain and engage with narrative, it crafts our … Continue reading

August 10, 2016 · Leave a comment


“We made it, and it ate us.” — Glen Frey

July 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Staying in North Hollywood?

A classic example of a SoCal motor court hotel. Somehow I think the hillside behind was slightly idealized. it looks rather more like Surrey than NoHo, even in the springtime … Continue reading

July 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Good morning

Sitting down at my desk as the sun rises on a quiet coastal morning, a female Costa’s Hummingbird hovers outside my window, so close that I can almost touch it. … Continue reading

July 28, 2016 · Leave a comment