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SEE + HEAR + DO (5/31-6/6)

BAXTER BLACK (5/31@7:00PM, Seattle)
The Elliot Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Ave, Seattle, WA

Cowboy poet, philosopher, veterinarian, NPR regular, and comedian, Baxter Black will be reading and performing from his newest book, Lessons From a Desperado Poet.  Though his work is maybe a stretch from the usual BC aesthetic (of such an aesthetic exists), in my opinion, Black is a real Western prize, a real voice of the rural West.




Jonathan Lethem Experiences "They Live"

They LiveI didn’t watch John Carpenter’s They Live. I’m not a buff by any standard. Intentionally, even as I anticipated the book’s arrival, I declined the free opportunity to see  this film. But I have read Jonathan Lethem’s They Live. My interest stemmed from my Lethem fandom and a single description printed in size 18 serif font atop the front cover of this book: it reads, “A Novel Approach to Cinema.” My curiosity was snagged wondering at the narrative innovations Lethem could offer in a book of criticism. Other descriptions are similar, if not quite as stimulating. About their new Deep Focus series, of which




SEE + HEAR + DO (3/09-3/15)

ANN BEATTIE & MARGARET WAPPLER (3/09@7PM, LA)
Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Margaret Wappler, CalArts alum, and Ann Beattie–new book Ann Beattie: The New Yorker Stories–will be featured in the Hammer’s New American Writing series this week. Parking $3 after 6PM. Free.

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SEE + HEAR + DO (3/02-3/08)

MARK DANIELEWSKI (3/02@7:30PM, LA)
Bootleg Theatre, 2220 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Acclaimed author Mark Z. Danielewski and breakthrough U.K. rock band Biffy Clyro will co-headline Liner Notes, a one-of-a-kind event that explores the cross-pollination of music and literature while raising money for Homeboy Industries, a Los Angeles-based non-profit that helps at-risk and former gang-involved youth. Presented by SPIN, Skylight Books, and Bootleg Theater, the event will feature performances by Biffy




The Westwood Borders

Recently, my adapted grandparents both died. I say “adapted” because, through no fault of their own, my biological grandparents were not overtly present in my childhood, so my brother and I adapted our neighbors as grandparents. By recently, I mean days ago. Both of them within a week of one another; Daddy Bob from old age, sepsis, and diabetic complications, and Grandma Barb from heartbreak, worry, fear, old age, or something else I do not yet understand. As I write this first draft, I’m missing Bob’s funeral, but Grandma Barb has not yet been planted–she died this morning before she saw him




Skylight Books: Los Angeles’ Neighborhood Lit Shop

Before Black Clock 12 ‘s release reading in September, editors Bruce Bauman and Steve Erickson looked at each other—this was one the first meetings with the new interns—and agreed Skylight Books was one of the few, good independent book stores around. Really, they couldn’t think of others that have survived Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and the well-told condition of the publishing world nearly as well. In the recent “Best Of” issue, LA Weekly pitched Skylight as the “Indie-est Indie Bookstore,” topping Book Soup based mostly on its high-falutin’—“the Botoxed celebs, and the hellish parking situation,




Seth Greenland Everywhere

Seth Greenland is a success wherever he goes, from plays, to television and movies, and novels. Google him and find out he was an original blogger for The Huffington Post or follow him on Twitter to learn he’s just played a gay polygamist at a table reading of Big Love—he writes and produces on this year’s season—or that his third novel, The Angry Buddhist, has just sold in France. His first two books, The Bones (Bloomsbury 2005) and Shining City (Bloomsbury 2008), were both quickly optioned by movie studios. A television writer fed up with the hollow art he is forced to create to survive, an angry