A special section devoted to classic crime fiction. For a century, it has defined an American ethos in which goodness most often goes unrewarded and justice is capricious if it is served at all.
HAVING HIS CAKE AND EATING IT, TOO
Wayne Thiebaud shook up the art world in 1962 with paintings that were joyous, confectionary, and uniquely Californian. Since then, he’s worked steadily, producing sought-after pieces noted for their originality and impact on American art. On the eve of his 100th birthday, the artist says he’s “trying to learn to paint” and put a smile on people’s faces.
THE BEST BAD THINGS
A new book, Hellacious California!, reckons with the countless dangers of the gold rush. Mining accidents, murder, forced prostitution, disease, and racism-inspired violence were the norm.
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