Joe Strummer and Punk Self-Reinvention – The Atlantic

How a privately educated British schoolboy named John Mellor became The Clash’s iconic front man

Source: Joe Strummer and Punk Self-Reinvention – The Atlantic

Not strictly California, but a superb piece of music writing.

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The Private Life of the World’s Tallest Tree

Nature’s best kept secrets are tucked away in the spaces mostly untouched by human interference. That is why, up until 2006, no one knew of the world’s tallest tree, nicknamed “Hyperion”…

Source: The private life of Hyperion, the world’s tallest tree | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The Coastal Commission has been Compromised

Source: Will the Future of the California Coast Be For the People or For the Big Developers? – Rules & Regulations – Curbed LA

Read the article.

Brutal.

Time for all of us, regardless of our political stripes, to stand up and insist that the Coastal Commission do its job.

This is going to require a higher degree of diligence than before, but it is not the job of all of us to protect our coasts. We can no longer depend on the government – even the government of a liberal Democrat – to do it for us.

David Ulin’s Sidewalking nominated for PEN Award

Source: 2016 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay | PEN American Center

Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, David Ulin’s superb essay about Los Angeles as an urban environment, has been nominated for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award. Congratulations, Mr. Ulin, on giving LA the kind of heartfelt examination it deserves, and best of luck with the award.