Category Archives: Books

Dreamland Alert: John Waters and Jim Jarmusch 8/4 and More

Global pandemic be damned: John Waters has a new book to promote, and the beloved cult filmmaker, raconteur, and once and future Pope of Trash will appear – virtually, at least – at three upcoming online events, including one for … Continue reading

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Quarantine Goals to Learn French or Finally Read Anna Karenina? LA Public Libraries Can Help

The City of Los Angeles Public Libraries are here for you! With a calendar of remote events that encompass yoga, meditation, exercise classes, gardening, language learning, knitting, and writing classes, plus a film series, story time, and world sing-alongs for … Continue reading

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Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s Fascinating “Monstress”

“Monstress” is a beautiful and dark graphic novel series (2015-current) written by Marjorie Liu and illustrated by Sana Takeda. The gorgeous art depicts a complex and violent world where tensions never cease between the Ancients (anthropomorphic animal lords), Arcanics (human-animal … Continue reading

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Attend the Virtual Bloomsday Film Festival Today Only!

James Joyce’s celebrated novel, Ulysses, follows Leopold Bloom and the book’s other characters throughout the day and night of Thursday, June 16, 1904. People across the globe celebrate the novel today, “Bloomsday,” with readings, theater, and costumes inspired by the story. … Continue reading

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Books to Help You Mellow the Fuck Out

This is a stressful time for everyone. We could all use a little help. I’m not generally a reader of self-help and spiritual books. Unfortunately, the genre is beset by platitudes and meaningless catchphrases. But there are some amazing books … Continue reading

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Underage Sex: Kate Elizabeth Russell’s “My Dark Vanessa” Tells it from the Underage Girl’s Point-of View

“My Dark Vanessa,” written by Kate Elizabeth Russell and published by HarperCollins in 2020, is an effectively written story about an affair between a fifteen-year-old student and her forty-two-year-old English teacher. Clear and precise writing describes the variations of violation. I’m … Continue reading

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‘Phantoms: The Rise of Deathrock from the LA Punk Scene’ Launched at Lethal Amounts

Last Saturday there was a launch party for “Phantoms: The Rise of Deathrock from the LA Punk Scene” at Lethal Amounts, followed by a party at the Monty Bar. Nervous Gender Reloaded, Gitane Demone Quartet, Fat and Fucked Up, Only … Continue reading

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“A Woman’s Guide To Low Self-Esteem”: You TOO May Have Scalp Odor

“Imagine if as much thought and strategy were applied to world peace as they have been to vanquishing the eternal scourge, unsightly fat.” “A Woman’s Guide to Low Self-Esteem” is a funny and sometimes surprising look at the onslaught of … Continue reading

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Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice: LA Opera Premieres a Major New Work

From February 1st through 23rd, LA Opera will present the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s opera Eurydice, co-commissioned by the company and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Sarah Ruhl adapts the libretto from her play of the same name, … Continue reading

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The Complete Robert Williams at The Last Bookstore

The signing of “Robert Williams: The Father of Exponential Imagination” on January 11, 2020, at The Last Bookstore, was packed. There was an art talk with one of our favorite folks, Mat Gleason, of Coagula Magazine, and the room was transformed … Continue reading

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