Filipinos make up nearly a third of all cruise ship workers. It’s a good job. Until it isn’t. The California Sunday Magazine The clearest sign that Regie Lagarde was under pressure came with the sale of his beloved Violeta, a vintage lavender-colored Mitsubishi Lancer.
“Semi-forced stillness”—despite the unfortunate circumstances, is it wrong that I find this rather enviable? Probably. Or perhaps it says something about our culture, or my life, or both. (My friend Amanda recently had hand surgery and her email auto-responder noted that.
The wildflowers started appearing in January. Bigelow’s monkeyflowers (magenta petals and furry leaves), turtlebacks (spiky bright dots and puffy creased leaves), gravel ghosts (white bursts and long skinny stems) — more than 20 species in all have announced themselves in Death Valley.
René and Juan Carlos set out to convert their Colombian megachurch to Orthodox Judaism. This is what happened. The California Sunday Magazine With its decaying two-story homes and grazing cows, Bello looks like just another sleepy suburb of Medellín, Colombia.
Douglas McGray is a busy man. As co-creator and Editor-in-Chief of both Pop-Up Magazine (psst, tickets for the fall tour are on sale now!) and The California Sunday Magazine, he’s focused on bringing you ambitious, original, and true stories for your nights and weekends.
How do we forgive the unforgivable? The California Sunday Magazine The first time I met Rocky Rontal, I asked him to describe his childhood. I watched him stiffen, like someone preparing for the sharp poke of a needle. He rubbed a palm over his close-cropped black hair.
Liz Waite and Kersheral Jessup couldn’t afford a higher education, let alone rent. But they worked and scrounged and slept on couches to put themselves through school. Will their degrees be worth it? The California Sunday Magazine “Hey,” the text began.
In liberal Hollywood, Republicans have formed one of the industry’s most influential (and most discreet) political organizations. The California Sunday Magazine Dave Berg was invited to Friends of Abe during a commercial break on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
When the British architectural historian Reyner Banham arrived in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, he immediately took a liking to the city, cruising its boulevards in a whale-size Ford and examining everything from the Case Study Houses to a drive-in (where he ate a pineapple sundae with Ed Ruscha).
Can Oakland, a new capital of legal weed, undo the injustices of the war on drugs? The California Sunday Magazine Nina Parks was working as a music video producer in 2014 when her brother was arrested and sentenced to a year at New York City’s Rikers Island for marijuana possession.
On September 30, our fascinating cast of storytellers and musicians will gather onstage at Berkeley’s magical Greek Theatre to share new, original stories and songs about what California and the West sound like today.
One scientist is on a quest to find the genetic mutations that make athletes elite — which may lead to new treatments for the rest of us. The California Sunday Magazine At 14, Caitlin Gregg had never run a real race.
At night Paju Bookcity exhales and its 8,000 workers leave, for there isn’t any real housing here. Most everyone commutes an hour from Seoul aboard a bus referred to as the “infamous” or “nightmarish” No. 2200 due to its long, stressful boarding lines. Employees do not work late in Paju.
To live in Wyoming is to drive a lot. There’s not much traffic, save for the 18-wheelers on the interstates. Along some roads, cowboys herd cattle. Wind turbines rise up on a sheer horizon, gleaming massive and white. Coal trains a mile long run into the distance.
This past summer, I flew home to Michigan for the funeral of a childhood friend. After the memorial, I went for a drink with a few pals I hadn’t seen since high school, including Tanya, whom I’d nursed a fluctuating crush on from about third to 12th grade.
What happens when tech leaders, like Y Combinator’s Sam Altman, believe our system is broken? They treat it like a startup. The California Sunday Magazine Last year on election night, Sam Altman invited a hundred friends to watch TV at his house in San Francisco’s Mission District.
As two people newly in love, we talked and talked. We were in our early 30s then, so our talk included a history and a reckoning of all our previous loves, how they endured and how they ended. We talked about our past loves to see how they stacked up against the present one.
BEDMINSTER, N.J. — President-elect Donald J. Trump has turned the vital, but normally inscrutable, process of forming a government into a Trump-branded, made-for-television spectacle, parading his finalists for top administration positions this weekend before reporters and the world.
It’s Christmas Eve, and the night is hot and thick and very loud. The invisible jungle speaks with the whoops of frogs and the throb of insects, with honks, snorts, and sudden splashes.
Devon Newman parked her black Honda Civic outside the warehouse. Her friend David Brutsche glowered in the passenger seat — they’d spent the 12-minute crawl across Las Vegas bickering about the mission. How committed are you, David barked, in that prison-guard way of his.
That Wednesday began the way it was supposed to. Gwen Woods got out of bed an hour before sunrise, showered, and dressed for work. As she was leaving the house, her phone rang. “God morning,” she greeted Mario, her youngest son. “God morning,” he replied.
There’s an ugliness — an inelegance — to death that Paul Bennett gradually came to find unacceptable. It seems to offend him the way a clumsy, counterintuitive kitchen tool might, or a frumpy font. At first, that disgruntlement was just “a whisper in my mind,” Bennett explains.
When Elgin Damasco’s radio talk show was over, his bodyguards would hustle him out of his fortified studio and into his car. They would drive him through the leafy streets of Puerto Princesa, capital of the western Philippine province of Palawan, and bring him home.
In the summer of 1988, not long after doctors removed his cancer-plagued right kidney, Forrest Fenn began approaching writers with a curious proposal.
We’ve all heard about the benefits of meditation ad nauseam. Those disciplined enough to practice regularly are rewarded with increased control over the brainwaves known as alpha rhythms, which leads to better focus and may help ease pain.
By the time anyone noticed that he hadn’t moved in at least five hours, the man on Somerton Beach must have started giving off fumes. It was about 6:30 a.m. on December 1, 1948, at the beginning of the Australian summer, and he did not look like the kind of man to sleep in the sand.
A recall effort against a California judge was announced on Monday in a sexual assault case at Stanford University that ignited public outrage after the defendant was sentenced to a mere six months in jail and his father complai
By the first days of October, the outdoor basketball court at the Rural Teachers College in Ayotzinapa, a town in the Mexican state of Guerrero, had become an open-air waiting room of despair. Pain emanated like heat.
Rachel Kenny started listening to podcasts in 2015 — and quickly fell behind. "As I started subscribing to more and more podcasts, they started stacking up, and I couldn't keep up at normal speed," the 26-year-old data scientist in Indianapolis told BuzzFeed News.
As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump praised autocrats and exhibited strongman tendencies. But as president of the United States, Trump is proving to be one of the weakest, most disinterested executives in memory.
The Peruvian version of the international television game show franchise The Moment of Truth arrived in Lima in mid-2012. By that time, the program had been produced in dozens of countries around the world, including the United States, where it aired on Fox in 2008 and 2009.
Perhaps Jared Kushner really believed that his New York real estate skills set him up to bring peace to the Middle East, solve the opioid crisis, run a government Swat team of business experts and protect his father-in-law from disloyal White House advisers.
Gerald Gonzales stared out the helicopter window at the devastation below. He’d been a California firefighter for nearly 25 years, but he’d never seen anything like this.
There is one generation that has been consistently defined by its obsessions: avocado toast, memes, Harry Potter ... and self-care. They are often perceived as entitled snowflakes, but millennials might be the generation of emotional intelligence. Self-care existed long before millennials did.
Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off-course 90 percent of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct destination at the intended time.
During Argentina’s military dictatorship, some 500 babies were born in secret torture centers or kidnapped. A group of grandmothers spent the next four decades searching for them, becoming activists, then icons. But hundreds remained missing. One of them was named Martín.
Have you ever drawn a map to show someone how to get to your house? Or how to get from your house to the park or the corner store? If you have, you know how to draw, how to visualize, and how to communicate a path in time and space.
I have moved to Sweden 6 months ago with my girlfriend. It is a great country for expats like us, because almost everyone does speak really good English here.
Several months ago, Jann Wenner, a founder of Rolling Stone magazine, received a call from the actor Sean Penn. Mr. Penn, Mr. Wenner said in an interview on Sunday, wanted to discuss something important.
Frauds! An estimated 69% of all store-bought extra virgin olive oils in the US are probably fake, according to tests by the University of California. UC Davis tested samples from the top-selling extra virgin olive oil brands to find the ones that are not worth buying and those that are.
It was far past midnight. My wife and kids had long gone to bed. But sleep was not an option for me. I had to figure it out. So I tweaked the code again, for the googolth time, and hit run. Hmm, looks promising.
At The California Sunday Magazine, Lizzie Presser reports on the Dickensian treatment of Filipino workers aboard Carnival Cruise Line ships — where the routine involves 12 and 14-hour days, seven days a week for paltry pay and zero overtime — just to be able to provide better lives for families
Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services out there, but most of us aren't using it to its full potential. These little known tips can help you use Spotify more efficiently and make you a digital music master. Chances are your playlists are listed one after the other.
Obsessive navel-gazing can be satisfying, but the problem is, it can also be damaging. Organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich suggests ways to escape the loop of rumination and learn how to move forward for real. It was Tuesday evening around 11pm.
We watched the sun set over Twin Peaks, and Matin told me about his high school dropout friends like Latta, 17, who served as lead engineer of Yo, a viral messaging app that simply sends the message “Yo.
Our photo collections have a way of growing and multiplying like weeds, and tidying all the photos up can be a daunting task. With the right tools and approach, however, organizing all our photos is less of a chore.
Look up #bulletjournal on the social media platform of your choice, and you can feast your eyes on a sea of neatly inked notebook pages designed to track everything from daily to-do lists to inspirational quotes. Go ahead, roll your eyes.
“Building a sales team is like running a kitchen that has to produce 100 chocolate cakes a week,” says Derek Draper, Co-founder and CEO of Pattern (as you'll find, he's a fan of analogies). “You hire a head or VP of sales to be your top chef, and they hire a bunch of reps to be your bakers.
S-Town, a stunning new podcast hosted by This American Life producer Brian Reed and produced by the creative team behind Serial, is brilliant, complicated, frequently troubling, and often painfully beautiful. I’m not convinced it should have been made.
It seems like these days you can learn just about anything online for free, but of course some of that information is better than others. The good news is there are plenty of reputable places to educate yourself online for free, and here’s a good 20 of them to get you started.
New Year’s is a great opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come and where we hope to go next. The trouble is, most of us then proceed to set entirely unrealistic resolutions that we ultimately fail. Here are the most common failed resolutions, and how to approach them instead.
This is the Serenity Prayer, originally written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr around 1934, and commonly used by Alcoholics Anonymous and similar organisations.
An aura of glamorous mystery attaches to the concept of quantum entanglement, and also to the (somehow) related claim that quantum theory requires “many worlds.” Yet in the end those are, or should be, scientific ideas, with down-to-earth meanings and concrete implications.
The following essay is an adaptation of a Facebook post by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson in response to George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin. Questlove is the drummer for the Roots and the bandleader on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
How a shy Ph.D. in English literature revolutionized the science of cooking and became revered in the most famous kitchens in the world The California Sunday Magazine The first time I had dinner with Harold McGee, he didn’t touch the food.
As mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf has an impossible job. Just don’t tell her that. The California Sunday Magazine On a cold day in an unusually rainy winter, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf took the stage in an underheated school auditorium high in the Oakland hills.