The Gentrification of Consciousness

“San Francisco’s Mission district has become synonymous with well-paid tech workers displacing non-white longtime residents. It’s now the setting for a new battle, as the coming psychedelic-industrial complex threatens to strip hallucinogenic drugs of their historical and religious significance.”

Source: Alta
Published: Jan 4, 2022
Length: 21 minutes (5,279 words)

The Accident on the Pacific Crest Trail

“There are as many dangers on the Pacific Crest Trail as there are breathtaking views. One young man began the 2,650-mile hike with dreams of wild adventure and personal transformation. He never made it home.”

Source: Alta
Published: Jan 18, 2021
Length: 19 minutes (4,762 words)

Last Call for Gumshoes

“For nearly 50 years, a tight-knit group of San Francisco private eyes—intellectual, swashbuckling, anti-authority lefties—practiced their craft in the pursuit of truth and, hopefully, justice.”

Source: Alta
Published: Sep 29, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,722 words)

The Forgotten Babies

There are too many ways for children to die. While one writer investigated the murder of an eight-year-old, the story returned her to her own past

Source: Alta
Published: Apr 6, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,027 words)

The Night Charlie Parker Soared in South Central L.A.

Despite fire, gentrification, and time erasing Los Angeles’ rich jazz history, stories help protect it. One historic event occurred in 1947, when the saxophonist genius named Bird jammed after-hours at Jack’s Basket Room, rejuvinated from a six month sober stay at Camarillo State Hospital. Some say it was Bird’s greatest performance. We’ll have to believe them. It wasn’t recorded.

Source: Alta
Published: Aug 5, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,673 words)