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The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same…

Exhibit 1,865 (or so): The just-published coffee-table book Mark Twain’s America, by Harry Katz and illustrated with a multitude of images from the Library of Congress. Sounds dusty, dry, and historical, right? Hardly!

Why There Are No Ford Philadelphias, No Chevy Charlottes

I grew up in Hollister, a small California city that has been turned into an overexposed, somewhat byzantine brand by Abercrombie & Fitch. And I’m fascinated by how America’s marketeers have co-opted place names from the Western United States to serve as product names. What I’ve taken particular note of is how U.S. automobile manufacturers have turned, repeatedly, to the […]

A New Museum for Stanford—and a New Neighbor for Us!

On September 21, the Anderson Collection building opened at the Palo Alto campus of Stanford University—our frequent partner-in-crime when it comes to celebrating the West.

How to Prepare for the Next Big Earthquake: Brace Yourself, Home, and Wine Rack

Growing up in Southern California, I got used to being shaken awake. (And learned early that you shouldn’t have glass-framed art above your bed.)