Everybody's Autobiography

A blog documenting expeditions into California's social, cultural, and natural histories. Short multimedia essays explore the museum's inner workings along with the author's deepest emotions. Eminent Bay Area writers and artists make frequent guest appearances.

Monday, February 21, 2011
Andrew Leland

I met Douglas Long, the Chief Curator of Natural Sciences at the Oakland Museum of California, in front of The Planet, J.B. Blunk's 1969 redwood burl sculpture that stands before the museum... more

Thursday, February 3, 2011
Andrew Leland

When he moved from Oakland to New York five years ago, Billy Jam brought his radio show—which he'd been doing in the Bay Area, on a wide range of stations (from... more

Sunday, January 30, 2011
Andrew Leland

Amid the flood of news and images from Egypt's massive street protests, several reports came in Friday and Saturday on the destruction of ancient artifacts from Cairo's Egyptian National Museum.... more

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Andrew Leland

Gertrude Stein did hers and now anybody will do theirs. The Oakland Museum of California has invited me into their galleries to write my autobiography. That's not how they put it, but it's how I... more