Friday, January 30, 2015


Was Fidel Castro the first health goth???

Color and colour

If you're in London for some reason, check out Hue: Color as Object. Color as Material. Color as Memory. at the Old Fire Station, which opened today and runs until February 28th. Also on the 28th is their lecture and demonstration about pigment, Making Color. Los Angeles has color too, kind of - Ace Hotel will be presenting Albers in Command on January 31st (tomorrow!), a celebration of Command Records, Enoch Light, Josef Albers, lounge music, modernism, graphic design, and records. It's not explicitly about color but Josef Albers, known for writing a list of colors used on the back of his work, wrote a treatise on color theory, Interaction of Color, around the same time that he was designing album covers for Command. There's also an Interaction of Color app that I've never used but refuse to delete, even in times of serious space-need.

There's probably another color thing I could put here but I need to go eat something, so

BREAKING: Bored old guy representing some nowhere place proposes a stupid thing

lol is that a clove

So some state senator from Azuza (where even) proposed a bill yesterday that could raise the legal smoking age to 21 because he's bored or covering up something or maybe just hasn't gotten the memo that teen smoking is actually the lowest it's been in 22 years. Where are your people? Can someone tell this man to worry about actual issues like prison overcrowding or MEDIUM, NOT EVEN LARGE OR JUMBO eggs being $5 a dozen at the grocery store right now.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Only built for internet linx

  1. I am beyond excited for the U.S. release of Girlhood, a tender treatment of black girlhood and friendship, subjects that are rarely touched on in film. At a time when black children aren't even seen as such, the assertion that we have boyhoods and girlhoods is a welcome one. 
  2. Actually, the entire film line-up for the Pan-African Film Festival looks promising.
  3. Over 9 billion served! 
  4. As a black woman who's been buying APC for over ten years now, Jean Touitou's "Last Niggas in Paris" stunt was truly upsetting. The whole thing was idiotic and misguided - you pay homage to a friend by plastering a word that, historically, has been a vehicle for so much mental, emotional, and physical pain when used by people who look like you? NAH, T. Not to mention the use of the word "ghetto" which automatically makes my eye twitch whenever I see or hear it. Thankfully Timberland (why can't I type that without typing "Timbaland" first) felt some type of way too - they've cut ties with APC.
  5. A friend and I have been discussing the marked increase in the number of tents set up by homeless people outside of boundaries of the unofficial "tent cities" that are set up on the eastern edge of Downtown Los Angeles, a trend that makes sense considering the city's attempts at "cleaning up" downtown through its Healthy Streets initiative. The systematic dispersal of Downtown L.A.'s homeless population under the guise of "cleaning the streets" (not to mention the implementation of other measures, such as cutting down shade trees and installing sprinkler systems in parks) and other ways cities across America have been criminalizing homelessness or at least making an already difficult situation worse is why I was so surprised to read that Seattle's mayor has proposed a series of tent encampments for the city's homeless population. While tent cities are in no way a long-term solution for homelessness, it's (depressingly) refreshing to see a city leader address the issue in a way that resists both criminalization and dehumanization and opens the door for outreach and permanent solutions. We'll see were this leads, though.
  6. If you, apparently like many in America, are suffering from "compassion fatigue" and can't stand to read about homelessness (maybe get the fuck off of my blog if so TBH), here's a bunch of words about potatoes for your heartless ass. 
  7. Hitler be like, "America taught me" 
  8. "Inglewood isn't what you think it is" - OOH SAY IT ONE MORE TIME FOR THE FOLKS IN THE BACK
  9. Russians aren't flocking to couture shows like they used to. I wonder why? 
  10. Code-switching, and the whiteness of public radio voice (TW: the article contains a photo of Ira Glass, whose smirk is triggering to me, at least).
  11. EDIT: There is some good news re: homelessness in Los Angeles - the VA building in Westwood is finally moving towards offering permanent housing for struggling veterans after years of bullshitting: "It calls for the VA to develop by mid-February a strategy and action plan for homeless vets in the region that fundamentally shifts the approach at West L.A. Instead of insisting that vets undergo treatment for their illnesses and addictions before moving into long-term housing, the agency will put them into housing first — a model that's proved to be far more effective at getting the homeless off the streets. The VA also agreed to finalize a new master plan for the West L.A. campus by mid-October, paying particular attention to the needs of homeless vets for permanent supportive housing." HYFR

Art regret

Why why why hadn't I gone to the British Folk Art exhibit at the Tate Britain this past summer? SMH.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Halston, 1972

Only built for internet linx

  1. The dream of the (16)90s was (is?) alive in Portland: "No free negro, or mulatto, not residing in this State at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall come, reside, or be within this State, or hold any real estate, or make any contracts, or maintain any suit therein; and the Legislative Assembly shall provide by penal laws, for the removal, by public officers, of all such negroes, and mulattoes, and for their effectual exclusion from the State, and for the punishment of persons who shall bring them into the state, or employ, or harbor them."
  2. On Archie comics (which I still read) and continuity
  3. Dr. Kehinde Andrews outlines the differences between black radicalism, black nationalism, black support for Marxism, and CTR while addressing the need for black radicalism and especially, an independent black radical education
  4. "Los Angeles' Young People Refuse to Leave in Droves," lol 
  5. Last night I walked to the In-N-Out near the Gold Line station in Pasadena (which was kind of spooky and full of racist horror movie potential). I googled it to show someone later and discovered this cute ass Lego model someone made. It's not as spooky as the real one but there the model does have a heavy police presence which kind of illustrates my point
  6. Looking at maps of future Metro Rail lines makes me salivate
  7. "11: 'Tequila w/ my lady' 12: 'Gorilla lovin' 12:02: 'Fall asleep. (Kidding...Rock ain't no 2 minute man)'"
  9. Visiting Bobby Sands Burger in Tehran
  10. I still haven't watched the Whitney Houston Lifetime movie but here's a video of her singing "Shut Up" by the Black-Eyed Peas in her car

Wednesday, January 21, 2015



"To Robert Frank I now give this message: You got eyes."

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The horror

Monday, January 12, 2015

Shots: a series

Friday, January 9, 2015

Larry Bell, "Iceberg and its Shadow" (1975)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Only built for internet linx

  1. Consumerism fascinates me but on a baser level I also just fucking love The Mall. Walking in air-conditioned circles past Cinnabon stands and palm oases sipping a Jamba Juice is an extremely pleasurable experience for me. As such I will read any and every article about RETAIL EXPERIENCE, especially if it has to do with Los Angeles, the land of my birth. Here's part one, two, and three of KCET's excellent series on the history of how we've shopped in Southern California
  2. Another thing about malls! This one's about dead malls (ghost malls?)
  3. Earl Sweatshirt interviewed Mike Tyson, who is basically my mom ("In order to be a friend to anybody, you have to a friend to yourself"). Guess which one is a fan of The Notebook, though.
  4. "Under a regime of visibility that usurps older notions of substance, what figures can we use to affirm its surface effects, to understand its refractive powers, to crack open its hidden energies and make its calculus work for us and not against us? How has this new superficiality realized and flipped the politics of spectacle described by Debord? And why should we take a closer look at the sun?
  5. A map of Los Angeles County's annexations and detachments with dates, ooh ahh
  6. I need Phaidon's Cookbook Book
  7. "He sports a John Cena t-shirt and introduces himself as Mohamed Al Shishkebabi" - Egyptian hot dog vendors in NYC
  8. At 11:38 am 11% of men and 33% of "nonemployed" women are doing housework
  9. Here's that PDF of Barthes' A Lover's Discourse you were probably looking for
  10. In case you missed it (and you probably did): the NAACP building in Colorado was bombed and The News seriously slacked off with their reporting of it. Everything is and always will be the worst

Enzo Mari

In season: January

  Blood Orange,
  Navel Oranges,
Dates, Medjool
Onion, Green
Passion Fruit
Peas, Green


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Philip Whalen, "Something Nice About Myself"

Lots of people who no longer love each other
Keep on loving me
& I

I make myself rarely available

Monday, January 5, 2015

Don't worry if I write rhymes, I write checks

Friday, January 2, 2015

Jonas Wood, "Studio Bathroom" (2009)

Maira Gall