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From The Inside Out: An Interview With James Schnauer Of Glow

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If you’ve ever attended a trade show, you know that there is more to the exhibition floor than the goods on display. Brands will create elaborate, temporary worlds to envelop visitors, to wow them with the pop-up display. Most of these mini-experiences are behind closed doors, by and for those of a specific industry. The creativity shown in these worlds are often missed by outsiders, a sad reality of these industries. Los Angeles can sometimes feel like this, too. It’s big and unmapped, full of captivating exteriors and carefully crafted façades intended to show off aesthetic inventiveness. Unless you have a tour guide or have lived here for long enough, the city can feel as though it is all behind closed doors.

This is a fact that James Schnauer is trying to overcome. He and his Marina Del Rey company Glow have made a name for themselves creating extravagant temporary worlds for businesses, typically in the entertainment industry. Now, he’s hoping to break out of the exhibition space and into the public. “For us it’s all about people and the interaction within a space,” he explains, seated in Glow’s colorful, relaxed conference room. “Whether that comes with a bunch of restrictions or is indoor or outdoor—or whether it’s totally open—that keeps things fresh and interesting. I’ve always worked in smaller studios where you have a bunch different jobs: that keeps you nimble, able to change your course quickly.”

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Fertile Ground: An Interview With Mandy Kahn

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In her new book of poems—Math, Heaven, TimeMandy Kahn attempts to provide solutions to all of our problems. A poem called “How to Solve” answers many day-to-day, Angeleno quandaries. “Put tulips in the middle of the problem,” it starts. “Don’t clean if you can’t. Don’t eat / if you cannot bear the smell. Put tulips / on the table, beside the mail / and papers and coupons and trash.”

The poem continues on for a stanza, spreading itself across a little page. A poem called “Very Long Haiku” watches from across the gutter. There is also a poem called “Why There Are Dishes Growing Scales In My Wet Kitchen Sink” and one called “To the Couples Who Argue on Reality TV.” Likely the shortest poem is “No Bones,” a serious little analogy representative of her ability to fade into surroundings. It alludes to a self-aware shyness, a theme echoed in many of her poems, reiterating a keen observational outlook she has. Mandy’s poems are very much Mandy: understated, full of incredible wit, and lovely to encounter.

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The Nature Of A City: An Interview With Kristi Head

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When you smell Lite + Cycle’s Urban Forest candle, you get a very distinct scent memory. It smells of woodsy winds with Juniper and Fir scents clearly pronounced to the nose. An underlining, kindly aggressive fennel flavor asserts itself much like the clusters of yellow flowers the plant gives, waving to you from the Californian wild. A very small hint of coffee closes the thought, reminding of a post-hike reward from Trails.

If this olfactory experience is familiar, it’s because it is likely something you’ve experience in your Los Angeles life: the Urban Forest candle was inspired by the experience of visiting Griffith Park. The outdoor venue is unique and truly Angeleno as it is an escape to nature folded inside of a sprawling metropolis. Griffith Park represents an abundant natural reprieve we have in this city, like green commercial breaks from the bustle of city life.

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California Nature: An Interview With Ted Feighan

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Outside of Ted Feighan’s windows are palm trees. There are some flowering trees and, if you crane your head in a certain direction, you’ll see the Downtown Los Angeles skyline over Thai Town apartments. The space is bright and warm and is a fitting environment for him to be: it has a great connection with Southern California nature.

“I basically make all of my artwork in the kitchen,” he says, pointing toward a table covered in clippings of men, women, animals, and plants from various cultures and from various eras. Some are arranged in unglued collages while others are piled in thematic movements like purple colored flowers and women in bikinis. There is a distinctly tropical feeling to the pieces.

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Fab, Never Fug: An Interview With Jessica Morgan Of Go Fug Yourself

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“When I was in college, I was the person all my friends went to to ask what happened on Buffy,” Jessica Morgan explains. “I’d send them a really detailed email about the episode. A friend at the time told me I was really good at it, and I remember thinking, ‘I wish there was a job where I could get paid to retell what happened on a television show.’”

“…and there is!” she says, laughing. “It all worked out great.” Continue Reading…

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