Culture Filter
  1. The Complicated Past and Present of a California Utopia

    “And yet, like all utopian experiments, Esalen’s cracks widened as it grew in popularity and began to attract this wealthier set. Today’s guests hardly care about any sort of counterculture; they care, as Wolfe pointed out, about self-improvement.” Cody Delistraty spends a weekend at Big Sur’s Esalen Institute, once a bastion of hippie counterculture.

    Culture
  2. Huck Magazine

    From surf and skateboard culture to music, art, and activism, Huck Magazine shares stories from the people on the countercultural frontlines.

    Culture
  3. Broken Pencil Magazine

    Since 1995, Broken Pencil has been a mega-zine dedicated exclusively to exploring independent creativity, featuring zine and small press book reviews, comics, underground press excerpts, interviews, original fiction, and commentary.

    Comics
  4. Atlas Minor

    The website of author James A. Reeves features thoughtful blog posts and longform essays on topics that range from philosophy and art to health and family.

    Authors
  5. George Lakoff

    The blog of George Lakoff, professor of cognitive science and linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley and author of the influential book on how language influences public policy, Don’t Think of an Elephant.

    Culture
    By Benh Lieu Song (CC BY-SA 2.0)
  6. belisssle

    Michel Belisle, a Quebec-based multimedia artist, created belisssle as a space to share his work — from layered digital images to haunting collages.

    Art
  7. “Dear Literature,
    Thank you for keeping us entertained, making us think, showing us other worlds, and offering glorious distraction when reality has us freaking out. What would we do without you? We love you forever.
    Signed, Readers”

    Books
  8. Bottle Magazine

    Bottle is a no-holds-barred magazine written by women who “are whole human beings with careers and informed opinions who also happen to watch YouTube videos and bake cupcakes and have sex.”

    Culture
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  10. Vulpes Libris

    Vulpes Libris, Latin for “Book Fox,” is a literary hub where a collective of bibliophiles talk about what they read, and publish interviews, reviews, and other bookish treats.

    Books
  11. See America By Rail: Some Lessons From 2016

    “Now, on the cusp of 2017, I wish that more Americans had taken more trains.” An author learns that traveling with people through towns and across the country on the ground creates a very different experience from just flying over them.

    Culture
  12. Telling Story, Sharing Light: A Roundtable Discussion with the Women of Tea&Bannock

    Tea&Bannock is a supportive community celebrating life through the Indigenous gaze. Meet the seven artists behind it.

    Culture
    Photo by Tenille Campbell.
  13. “It’s kind of related to this concept that Gloria Steinem writes about, the idea that we are linked, not ranked.”

    Culture
  14. Avidly

    Avidly, a channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books, is a weekly publication that specializes in short-form critical essays devoted to thinking and feeling about culture.

    Culture
    Photo by Roger W. CCB-BY SA 2.0
  15. Thoughts on Belonging

    Writer and educator Monna McDiarmid, a Canadian based in Yokohama, Japan, reflects on her shifting sense of belonging to the various places she’s lived in.

    Culture