Maria Bustillos is a cultural critic who writes for The New Yorker and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She is the author of Dorkismo: The Macho and the Dork (2009).
Stars and sceptres
Americans love heroes. Is that why we idealise royalty even when real kings and princesses are nothing like the fairytales?
On the road
Leaving LA? Forget the scenic route along the coast: hit the Five instead and see what’s on California’s mind