August 16: A Rrose in a Prose, ZZyZx WriterZ, L.A. Zine Fest, Poetry Palooza @ Echo Park Rising: Just Good Enough

August 16: A Rrose in a Prose, ZZyZx WriterZ, L.A. Zine Fest, Poetry Palooza @ Echo Park Rising: Just Good Enough

Think workshops, open mics, and other forms of collaborative art, all slated to happen right after our amazing features conclude, including a rare open mic. Be there at 2 p.m. to sign up!

50 Shades of Grey helps me understand why I never trusted the movie adaptation of Secretary

50 Shades of Grey helps me understand why I never trusted the movie adaptation of Secretary

If in Orwell’s 1984, the future is “a boot stamping on a human faceā€”for ever,” our present is one in which our bosses make us lick their boots, and then trick us into thinking a few dirty coins make this not a misery, but a privilege. We shouldn’t be using James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhall to make it look, even in a minor way, like that’s something that can be reworked into a positive.

My rejected submission for 33 1/3 Books: The Faust Tapes

My rejected submission for 33 1/3 Books: The Faust Tapes

And then it struck me–what could be more pivotal in the world of weird esoteric rock, the kind beloved of 33 1/3 fans, than The Faust Tapes, the first album released on Richard Branson’s fledgling Virgin Records in the early seventies, a full album priced at the value of a mere single which marked a turning point (for good or ill) in the careers of German weirdos Faust as well? It doesn’t hurt that I had interviewed Faust last year and had some choice, original quotes that most music nerds might not think to ask of their prospective choices.