A new Concord compilation gathers for the first time all three nights and all sets of Redding’s famous Whisky A Go Go run here on the Sunset Strip fifty years ago.
I provided liner notes and the package is gorgeously designed with a vintage-style poster to boot.
Release day, today 10/28.
Got to go get one!
IN CASE you missed it. Last week, I took over the Huntington Library’s Instagram and led their followers through science fiction writer, Octavia E. Butler’s massive archive. I wanted people to have a sense of what it was like working with her papers, which also meant being privy to her hopes and fears and drive.
I’d been commissioned by Julia Meltzer at Clockshop to write a piece for their year-long Radio Imagination project, and my starting point was full immersion into Butlers personal papers — her journals, commonplace books and busy marginalia. I’ve learned much about her in my time here. What has struck me the most however, is just how vulnerable she felt within the writing process.
You can take a look at my Huntington Takeover here.
Also, the lovely Julia Wick at LAist interviewed me about archive and you can view that here.
Thanks so much, Kate Lain at the Huntington for inviting me to take part in this. I really did have a blast.
I SPEAK to Dana Johnson about her evocative new book, In the Not Quite Dark for USC Dornsife. IIt’s a tough look at changing Los Angeles.
If you are moving through these changing corridors, you’ll find yourself somewhere on her pages.
From my piece:
Poetic and, at turns, unflinchingly raw, the 11 stories explore a wide-ranging Los Angeles experience: People pulled from elsewhere seeking transformation; natives sprung up from L.A.’s soil carving out life around the noise. It considers that projected dream — the West as a site of transformation — but its inverse, too: What happens when you chase a dream that dissolves each time you reach out to capture it.
The L.A. that many of Johnson’s stories pull into focus is not the telegenic region of rolling lawns, beaches and opulence. Rather, it’s a series of backdrops and situations that most Angelenos move through daily — city dwellers overwhelmed by traffic, keeping one step ahead of gentrification, at turns bewildered and humbled by homelessness.
As I consider in the piece, “one story overtakes another; some have more weight” All we can do is write our stories, our presents and pasts.
You can read the entire profile here.