Posts Tagged: los angeles

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Missing

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I long to learn from my darkest teachers, feel the stab of their spectacular rejection. Perhaps I feel most alive when I’m hurting. ...more

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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A bookstore designed to feel like a spaceship has opened in Hangzhou, China.

Romance-novel bookstore Ripped Bodice in Los Angeles has gotten a little funnier by adding live comedy shows.

Author Judy Blume has found a new career as a bookseller.

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The Rumpus Interview with Bernadette Murphy

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Bernadette Murphy on her forthcoming book, Harley and Me: Embracing Risk on the Road to a More Authentic Life, the challenges of selling a memoir, and life beyond "the suburban-wife-mother picture." ...more

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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An Estonian bookstore is removing Russian propaganda from its shelves after a request from Ukraine.

Check out these amazing bookstores from around the world.

The Observer shares some photos of The Ripped Bodice, the first all-romance bookstore in the US that opened in Los Angeles last month.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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LAist takes readers inside Los Angeles’s iconic The Last Bookstore, a “sprawling temple” of books, and talks with owner Josh Spencer.

A Hong Kong bookstore, one that hasn’t been closed by mainland China, cites bookstore cats and good music as reasons for their success.

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Sound & Vision #19: June Millington

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Allyson McCabe talks to June Millington of Fanny, the first all-female rock band to release an album on a major label. ...more

The Complicated “Riches” Of America

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In a nuanced essay at Vela Magazine, Anne P. Beatty discusses what her experiences teaching for the Peace Corps in Nepal and teaching at an impoverished school in LA taught her about privilege and about America:

Nepal seemed full of life and community and hope and culture, whereas America was lonely and sterile, devoid of sounds or smells.

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Plankton (A Body of Stars)

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Plankton either grows into something other than plankton—a strong swimming non-planktonic adult, like a crab or a fish, or it stays the same—forever drifting with the shifting tides. ...more

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Bookstores in Mumbai, India are losing customers from institutional sales as large buyers turn directly to suppliers, and though 700 existing retailers exist in the city, the last few years have no seen new stores open.

A Syrian couple has opened an Arabic-language bookstore in Istanbul hoping to change cultural perceptions.

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How Gone Is My Valley?

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It does us all a disservice to separate the Valley’s current industrial action from that of its natural environment, human history and broader political context. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Karolina Waclawiak

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Karolina Waclawiak discusses her latest book, The Invaders, the dark side of human nature, and what it really means to be a “beach read”. ...more

LA LitCrawl: “Growth Spurt”

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Rumpus Lit Crawl

The Rumpus presents GROWTH SPURT: STORIES OF RADICAL BECOMING at LitCrawl LA: NoHo!

LA LitCrawl
Round 2: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
8:00–8:45 p.m.
The Fat Dog
11050 Magnolia Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91601

Lineup includes:

Natashia Deón
Ashley Perez
Shawna Kenney
Derrick Brown
Matthew Specktor

Emceed by Rumpus founder Stephen Elliott

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The Rumpus Interview with Deborah Reed

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Author Deborah Reed discusses her latest novel, Olivay, the necessity of fire, Los Angeles anxiety, and how she found fulfillment at the edge of the American West. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Yumi Sakugawa

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Yumi Sakugawa discusses her latest book, Ikebana, discovering meditation, exploring blank spaces, and drawing a world of sentient oranges and one-eyed monsters. ...more

Ziggy Stardust Forever

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In celebration of the iconic figure who transcends all generational gaps, photographer Mick Rock spoke with VICE about his time with Bowie when the artist was inventing the revolutionary alter ego that is Ziggy Stardust, and the photos that were born from it.

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Real, Local, Radical

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A must-read profile of Sesshu Foster, unofficial poet laureate of East Los Angeles, steadfast advocate of racial equity, eloquent witness to the changes of gentrification, full-time school teacher, and arguable embodiment of the vibrant tangle of roots that comprises modern Los Angelean culture:

In any other city, and in any neighborhood besides East L.A., it’s unlikely that a half-Japanese, half-Anglo poet would be so enmeshed in Chicano cultural production.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Tokyo’s Morioka Shoten stocks just one book. Shop owner Yoshiyuki Morioka selects a single book each week to sell in his austere boutique.

A new non-profit bookstore in Istanbul, Turkey seeks to focus on Arab culture and the refugee experience as a response to the increasing number of Syrian intellectuals migrating to the city.

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The Rumpus Interview with J. Ryan Stradal

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J. Ryan Stradal talks about his debut novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest and why the rise of the American foodie has less to do with hipsters than you might think. ...more

It’s Not Too Late: Summer’s Best Free Shows

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The Village Voice has compiled a list of the season’s best free shows, ranging from small to large, miscellaneous bar to Central Park’s summer stage. The artist list is pretty comprehensive, too, including Mykki Blanco, Yo La Tengo, Fiona Apple, and Steve Gunn, to name just a few.

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Armored in Cars and Driving Unseen

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America is a beautiful country and it was beautiful before we got here. I’m not sure yet if we, the ancestral echo of colonizers, are a beautiful people. I often have doubts. ...more

Don’t Miss the LA Launch of Saint Mazie

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Los Angelinos, come out on Sunday to celebrate the launch of Jami Attenberg’s new novel, Saint Mazie.

“Meet Mazie Phillips: big-hearted and bawdy, she’s the truth-telling proprietress of The Venice, the famed New York City movie theater. It’s the Jazz Age, with romance and booze aplenty–even when Prohibition kicks in–and Mazie never turns down a night on the town.

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The Rumpus Interview with Mark Danielewski

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Mark Danielewski talks about the "maddening energy of violence" and why he’s writing a 27–volume novel, starting with his first 850-page installment in the series, The Familiar, Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May. ...more