A Rrose in a Prose, Books, Lit Events, Literature

Appearing for the first time at Rrose, it’s Emily Hunt!

Today at 2 p.m. we have so many good writers! And we’re even bringing on features you’ve need seen with us before–including the highly young but highly acclaimed poet and writer Emily Hunt! Emily Hunt is a writer, editor, and translator living in Los Angeles. Emily’s work can be found in Artillery Magazine, YAY LA, […]

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A Rrose in a Prose, Books, Fiction, Lit Events, Los Angeles, Performers, Poetry, Shows, Zines

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!

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Articles, Books, Literature, Movies, Personal Shit, Sex

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 face—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.

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Books, Lit Events, Los Angeles, Punk

David Markey – excerpts from We Got Power! at a Rrose in a Prose

It was a busy month for me, not just with writing, but with a lot of life stuff. I’m just now getting around to posting about our most recent Rrose, which is sheer negligence on my part, because these were some of the best writers we’ve had yet. It was particularly special to have David […]

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Bands, Blogs, Books, Faust, Krautrock

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.

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Bands, Books, Country Rock, Folk, Garage Rock, Los Angeles, Performers, Personal Shit, Songwriters, Television

the eagle never hunts the fly

I just finished reading Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll’s Legendary Neighborhood.  While it was cool to read about Frank Zappa’s log cabin and Joni Mitchell living with Stephen Stills, I have to admit that in my heart, I still prefer balls-out rockers to any of these hippie fucks.  What the fuck can Stephen Stills tell me […]

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Art, Books, Futurism, Other Stuff, Personal Shit, Poetry, Politics, Punk

manifestos.net

My friend DJ Algonquin just clued me into this amazing site, wherein are listed hundreds of manifestos, many of them accessible via various links.  Of course, me, I’ve got a lot of art manifestos in book form at home, but not so many political or religious ones.  This site has everything, from Rayonism to Luigi […]

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Books, Celebrities, Politics

Bush gets creepy crawled

I’m a fan of Vincent Bugliosi’s book Helter Skelter, in which he chronicles his prosecution of Charles Manson for the Tate/LaBianca murders in the early seventies.  Though historical perspective and local L.A. hearsay tend to show how much Bugliosi and the police misunderstood about the case (MDA deal, anyone?), his account is still the Bible […]

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Anarchy, Books, Comedy, Movies, Other Stuff, Television

Thomas Pynchon and Porky Pig

Thomas Pynchon loves him some Porky Pig.  And this is why I have yet another reason to love YouTube. If you’re like me, you have a giant mental backlog of things you want to remember to look up on YouTube.  Now, most people, at least according to Patton Oswalt on Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil the other night, […]

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Books, Celebrities, Interviews, Other Stuff, Performers, Poetry, Shows

Miranda July – “How to Tell Stories to Children”

I couldn’t sleep last night, so I cracked open my Dave Eggers-edited The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007 and plunged into the story where I’d left my bookmark three weeks ago. The story ended up being about an older woman and her motherly relationship with the child of some of her friends, a third-person account […]

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Bands, Books, Celebrities, Movies, Performers, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Warhol

Mick Jagger as Alex of A Clockwork Orange?

The Guardian UK reported today that there was almost a version of A Clockwork Orange that starred Mick Jagger, with a soundtrack by the Beatles! In a letter uncovered this week, we learn of the Clockwork Orange conceived back before Stanley Kubrick came on board and made his film with Malcolm McDowell. It reveals that […]

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Art, Books, Celebrities, Futurism, Performers, Poetry, Punk

Marcel Duchamp and Theresa Stern

Okay, so we visited the Norton Simon today, and to be honest, the Duchamp exhibit was a bit small.  All the stuff was from the museum’s permanent collection, and though his twirling paintings-in-motion that had not been exhibited since 1963 were pretty incredible (perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle, actually), I think the leeches at the Tate Modern […]

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Albums, Books, Classical Moosic

The Goldbug Variations, Glenn Gould, and William Gillespie

I was supposed to be writing a blog about Richard Powers’s The Goldbug Variations, and how I finished the book while on a plane to Mexico, with Glenn Gould’s 50’s and 80’s recordings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations tinkling in my ears via the power of my new iPod, and how once again I was overwhelmed by […]

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