Interview with Sam Sweet, Author of the Forthcoming “All Night Menu,” A Secret History of Los Angeles

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Sam Sweet lives in Highland Park and has written about surfing, music, and Los Angeles culture for the New Yorker and the Paris Review. His latest project is All Night Menu, a 64-page book that is the first in a five-volume series about the lost heroes and miniature histories of Los Angeles. The writing takes to you places you didn’t know were real but are right in your backyard and introduces you to people who shaped this city in unseen ways. Created wholly in Los Angeles, the booklet is only available locally, in stores like South Willard, Mollusk Surf Shop, and Anzen Hardware. More info at the end of this interview.

How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and what neighborhoods do you like best?

I moved here in 2007. I like the usual stuff. How can you not? No amount of overexposure can diminish the greatness of driving on Mulholland, or loitering on the rim of the Venice Skate Park, or being on the top floor of the Arclight parking garage. Even so, I think you get the best of Los Angeles in places undefined by any particular attractions. I’m happiest when I’m doing nothing much in Lincoln Heights, Chatsworth, El Segundo. I love Sun Valley because it’s so fiercely unattractive but within that labyrinth of auto recyclers is a living culture that is unique to LA. In a more conventional sense, I think San Pedro is one of the prettiest towns in America.

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Interview with SEITE BOOKS ~ East Los Angeles

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SEITE is a highly curated bookstore located within the owners’ mother’s beauty & snack shop in East Los Angeles near East Los Angeles College. The shop’s owners, Denice and Adam, are hyper literate zine-heads and the tiny shop is stocked with new and used rare gems with an extra healthy smattering of Spanish-language texts, people of color centric zines and mega hard-to-find East Los printed matter. SEITE also organizes the annual EASTSIDE ZINE MARKET which was inaugurated last year…

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Book of the Year ~ L.A. Son by Roi Choi

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Los Angeles is home to many amazing chefs, and for a big city a surprising number of them are home grown. Some great chefs and great people, to be sure, but none of them really speak to us the way Roy Choi does. On a personal level, we’ve always been proud of being (we think) the first blog to cover the Kogi BBQ truck almost exactly 5 years ago. Here’s what we wrote at the time:

Is there anything more Los Angeles then a Korean BBQ Taco Truck that cruises the streets delivering high quality cuisine to the city’s taco lifestyle hubs? We salute the Kogi truck and hope it is the inspiration for many more…

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The Charles Bukowski Tapes

French director Barbet Schroeder directed the Bukowski film Barfly, starring Mickey Rourke, from a script written by the poet laureate of the drunks himself. The film has its fans and detractors, but one interesting thing for Bukowski lovers are the nearly three hours of tapes that Shroeder recorded in 52 short interviews done in 1987. The entire thing, which as also released as a documentary, was posted to Youtube earlier this year. Part of the interviews were conducted while driving around LA– for you newcomers or youngsters, check out what the city looked like in the late 80′s. We haven’t watched much of it yet, but if anyone finds a reference to tacos, which Buk supposedly loved, please let us know.

Artist to Perform Bukowski’s POST OFFICE in entirety at Downtown L.A. Post Office

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Tim Youd has been performing literary classics in site-specific locations in a unique project he calls “regional conceptualism”.   Starting this week on Wednesday the 17th,  he will perform Charles Bukowski‘s POST OFFICE in its entirety at the location in which the novel takes place: the Downtown Los Angeles Terminal Annex Post Office.
Here’s an excerpt from the novel’s first page:
It began as a mistake.

It was Christmas season and I learned from the drunk up the hill, who did the trick every Christmas, that they would hire damned near anybody, and so I went and the next thing I knew I had this leather sack on my back and was hiking around at my leisure. What a job, I thought. Soft! They only gave you a block or two and if you managed to finish, the regular carrier would give you another block to carry, or maybe you’d go back in and the soup would give you another, but you just took your time and shoved those Xmas cards in the slots.

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Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair ~ Presented at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

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Last night was the opening of Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair at the Geffen Contemporary at Moca. Photographer Desilu Munoz was there to document the opening night. The La Art Book Fair is free and will be open til this Sunday Only. Click the Link above for more details on the event. (Continued)

JOSE FEVER Opening Reception @ Espacio 1839 ~ Friday, October 5th in Boyle Heights

Radio Sombra, Imix Bookstore, Teocintli & Discos Inmigrantes invites you to
the Grand Opening of ESPACIO 1839 with the Opening Reception of JOSE FEVER

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Aaron Rose’s Fire Sale ~ Known Gallery

Aaron Rose’s Fire Sale (Vice interview) was on display this weekend at Known Gallery. The wait in line to enter this event and take a look at the goodies was 20 to 30 minutes and everything going fast. Posters, zines, skate decks, original photos, sneakers, audio equipment, blank tapes to CD’s were all up for grabs. This exhibit will be up til July 28th so get over to Known and see what’s left from this sale.


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Every Man is My Enemy ~ Skinner

It’s only February but the book of 2012 may already be decided. Featuring 172 pages and over 250 illustrations and photographs, “Every Man is my Enemy” is a landmark achievement of beautiful depravity. Get it at Zero Friends before it sells out!

Barrio Calligraphy by Romotsky

The book Barrio Calligraphy is long out of print, and only 300 copies were made the first time around, so Wave Manual‘s S. Rodriguez scanned some pages for your viewing pleasure. The entire site is on flickr, check out a few samples above and below. Click for larger images.

The complete volume is also available as a downloadable PDF, along with more info on the original book.

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Designer Con 2011 ~ Pasadena


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