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Black cowboys have always been part of the history of South Central Los Angeles, and stables can still be found up and down the L.A. River and various flood channels in the area. One such stable, in Compton, known as the Hill, was mysteriously burned down in 2012. For the last few years, filmmaker Brett […]


"PARIS LA is born of shared perspectives. It’s a project, like a love story, that comes from the feeling of being in one place, thinking about another. A place between two cities, between scenes, between people, that exists only in the space of our imagination. In Paris, dreaming of the Pacific. Speaking French in LA. And it’s as true as a clear blue sky above us."—Dorothée Perret, Founder Editor (Paris, November 9, 2008)


“In recent years, urban uprisings, insurrections, riots, and occupations have expressed both desperation as well as the joy of reclaiming collective life and proposing a different way of composing a common world. At the root of these rebellious moments lies the threshold. Thresholds are the spaces to be crossed from a city of domination and […]


African-American musicians “immersed in overwhelmingly white punk scenes” provide the focus of AFRO-PUNK (2004), the James Spooner documentary screening this week at the Hammer, followed by a conversation between the director and guests Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy.* Bad Brains, Cipher, Fishbone, Dead Kennedys, and Candiria are all featured in the film, the title of […]


“As I’ve said before, this is all true. Not that I’ve got anything against fiction—which is easily said, because nobody is writing it any more anyway. Nobody—they’re simply writing nonfiction that never happened… “What a magnificent hotel the [Vienna] Bristol is. Louis Quatorze is supposed to have said—at Versailles—that the mark of a man of […]


A brilliant, autobiographical journey through the darker corners of the British aristocracy—childhood rape, alcoholism, drug addiction, recovery, and what comes next—THE PATRICK MELROSE NOVELS by Edward St. Aubyn are available in one volume with an introduction by Zadie Smith, who favorably compares their author to Oscar Wilde, P.G. Wodehouse. and Evelyn Waugh. (There’s also a […]