For reasons perhaps best not to contemplate, flash fiction—complete stories told (or telegraphed) in just a few lines—is one of the fastest growing literary genres today. For our bi-annual writing contest issue, we asked local writers for their takes on the rapid-fire form.Read More
Twice a year, we devote an issue to personal essays by local writers, all written specifically for us. The topic at hand—“Where I’m From” (after a well-known 1993 poem by George Ella Lyon)—has inspired writers and poets around the country, yet it also seems tailor-made for our diverse East Bay.Read More
As a boy, he drove the Minneapolis Moline, a tractor that cut a crooked swath in his fields. He hated the heat, prayed for rain (except for at the baseball field where his beloved A’s played) and kept contemplating mortality.Read More
Faces of the East Bay
The pandemic created the urgency for many East Bay families to set up an estate plan. Richmond Estate Planning Attorney, Sara Diamond answers questions about wills, trusts, powers of attorney and advance health care directives.
Jacomena van Huizen Maybeck’s life began in 1901 on a Javanese sugar plantation and ended ninety-five years later in her house in the Berkeley hills. I met her in 1977, as my boyfriend and I followed the rumors of a unique cottage for rent. From the time of our first...
Ray Darten means for its color clothing to be worn.
A Cal psychologist has a simple prescription for race relations.