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Setting Times stories to music: From Isaac Hayes to Radiohead
Setting Times stories to music: From Isaac Hayes to Radiohead

This week, two images of California in drought have gotten lodged in my brain. The first is the photograph above, from Friday’s heartbreaking Great Read about a pistachio farmer’s dying dreams, and a tree he named Survivor. Writer Diana Marcum and photographer Michael Robinson Chavez  teamed up to document the effects of the drought on farmers in  the Central Valley. In a word: devastating. The second is from the July 4th parade I just attended on the rural fringes of Los Angeles. Float after float carried boys armed with those super soaker guns, spraying the crowd, and sometimes just the pavement, with gallons of water. To those city kids, water is an endless...

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