Years ago, I was in Counterpoints looking for a good book to gift to a friend. I somehow ended up rifling through a collection of sex books and found a very funny little something called Obscene Interiors. The book is by local artist Justin Jorgensen and was based on an art project from 2004. What is it? A very funny, early Internet examination of sexual performance and the surrounding, unflattering, repulsive surrounding interior design being practiced in the background.
If you’re around, Tuesday—July 22—at the Hammer is the latest installment of the Literary Death Match, a great mashing of writerly minds paired with flash fiction or non-fiction. The guests this time around are great, too.
For their Selfie issue, Flaunt collaborated with Los Angeles Review Of Books for some content. So great! Catch it online.
Mimi Pond has lived an interesting life, much of which she has captured in her endearing, captivating comics. She’s a local cartoonist and illustrator who has been in California for decades—but not just in Los Angeles. A few months ago, her book Over Easy was released and it’s a graphic memoir that serves as both a time capsule and love letter to a California of yore. The book dives into her experiences as a young art student in Oakland and the goings on of a certain cafe she was drawn to, one full of characters and obvious inspiration. This is certainly is a Summer read everyone can get behind.
Like poetry? Like soccer? Copa Poética is a local happening marrying the two together in honor of the World Cup. The next events will be July 6 and July 11.