Monday, November 30, 2009

Ramparts Story in Marin I-J

I was in Palm Desert with family when the Marin Independent-Journal ran a front-page (!) article on Ramparts magazine. The Contra Costa Times ran the same piece.

Jim Welte interviewed me but also came up with new material by checking with art director Dugald Stermer (who used to live in Mill Valley) and Marin resident Bill Turner, the former FBI agent and Ramparts staff writer.

The photograph was Jeff Vendsel's idea. He had me lie on the floor in my entry way with magazines scattered on the floor around me.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Pamuk and McWilliams

I enjoyed Lewis MacAdams's piece on Nobel Prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk's stroll through downtown Los Angeles. Evidently, Pamuk relished Carey McWilliams's inscription in Pershing Square. "This is the only city I've been in," he laughed delightedly, "where a guy writes horrible things about the town and the town is so proud of him they put his quote in the park!"


Thursday, November 05, 2009

Gustavo on C-Mac--and Orange County

Carey McWilliams has many fans, but few are more ardent--and productive--than Gustavo Arellano.

Gustavo's latest contribution to Gunkist Memories notes that McWilliams continues to outperform Orange County historians, especially when it comes to the 1936 citrus strike and the even more consequential Mendez vs. Westminster decision, which McWilliams said might "sound the death knell of Jim Crow in education."