It takes cyberspace to get one in trouble.


Awesome original artwork by the fabulous Molly Kiely for Poetrylandia, Issue 4 publishing in October.


Thanks Muna.

Oh, and there’s still time to join the Wapshott Press Book Club. Next book is Storylandia 32, Drunk on Time, which received a nice review at Cultural Weekley.

“Only an outsider like Swiss architect Peter Zumthor would propose something like this. His voyeuristic vision is supported and championed by Govan, who hails from Massachusetts and moved to L.A. only once he was appointed LACMA director in 2006. The two have worked closely on this $750 million project that destroys four buildings on the Miracle Mile campus. One is already down.” ~snip~ “The Zumthor/Govan plan was eventually approved by the museum’s board in 2013. Govan then started seeking approvals from lawmakers in 2015. The County Board of Supervisors approved the plans unanimously in April 2019, followed by unanimous approval by the City Council in December 2019. The approvals include $117.5 million in taxpayer funding and $300 million in county bonds. Pushback has been both pragmatic and philosophical as two different opposition groups formed: Save LACMA and the Citizens Brigade to Save LACMA. Though each group takes their own distinct stances against the Zumthor/Govan redesign, they find a shared grievance in the loss of exhibition space — from 170,000 square feet down to 109,000, a 36% decrease. These two groups are not alone: the Ahmanson Foundation, which has gifted $130 million worth of European art to LACMA, announced that it would cease gifting due to lack of gallery space in this new design. How can we pay homage to the additional 27,000 pieces of art that Govan has helped the museum acquire during his tenure if much of it will sit in storage due to a lack of space?”
What Will Los Angeles Lose as LACMA’s Michael Govan Tries to Make His Mark?, by Rachel Reyes, Los Angeleno, 13 August 2020

I suppose LACMA will be the Red Car of Los Angeles art. Or something equally sad.

“Reporters and financial analysts continue to speculate about when and how Amazon’s deep investments and steep losses will pay off. Customers, meanwhile, universally seem to love the company. Close to half of all online buyers go directly to Amazon first to search for products, and in 2016, the Reputation Institute named the firm the ‘most reputable company in America’ for the third year running.15 In recent years, journalists have exposed the aggressive business tactics Amazon employs. For instance Amazon named one campaign ‘The Gazelle Project,’ a strategy whereby Amazon would approach small publishers ‘the way a cheetah would a sickly gazelle.’ This, as well as other reporting,17 drew widespread attention, perhaps because it offered a glimpse at the potential social costs of Amazon’s dominance. The firm’s highly public dispute with Hachette in 2014 in which Amazon delisted the publisher’s books from its website during business negotiations—similarly generated extensive press scrutiny and dialogue. More generally, there is growing public awareness that Amazon has established itself as an essential part of the internet economy, and a gnawing sense that its dominance—its sheer scale and breadth—may pose hazards. But when pressed on why, critics often fumble to explain how a company that has so clearly delivered enormous benefits to consumers—not to mention revolutionized e-commerce in general—could, at the end of the day, threaten our markets. Trying to make sense of the contradiction, one journalist noted that the critics’ argument seems to be that ‘even though Amazon’s activities tend to reduce book prices, which is considered good for consumers, they ultimately hurt consumers.'”
Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox, by Lina M. Khan, Yale Law Review, 2017

Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan! They’re comin’ for ya, Jeff.

“Biden was also, in some ways, a relatively easy choice for party insiders — he was broadly popular among the party’s voters, performed well in general election matchup polls, was closely tied to the Obama administration as its former VP, and was one of the only candidates who received widespread support from Black voters. But, at the end of the day, Biden also represented a safe choice for a party that had tried something new in 2016 and, in the eyes of many, had been punished for it.”
How Clinton’s Loss Paved The Way For Biden, by Seth Masket, 538, 20 August 2020

“‘I should like to be able to love my country as much as I love justice.'”

“A print bearing this powerful quote by Albert Camus crafted by DIY printmaker Sister Korita Kent in her East Hollywood office hung on the wall of Senator Bobby Kennedy’s office in DC. Sister Corita was an artist, educator, social justice advocate, and perhaps L.A.’s most prolific nun. But now the historic space that incubated her passion for art and education is in jeopardy thanks to developers who want to make way for a new grocery store and parking structure.”
Developers Want to Turn the Former Studio of East Hollywood’s Nun-Turned-Godmother of Pop Art into an Organic Market, by Gab Chabran, L.A. Taco, 18 August 2020

Wake up, LA! We lost the Self-Help Graphics building, let’s try to keep this one.

“Three of publishing’s most important organizations have teamed up to write a letter to the chairman of the House Antitrust Subcommittee investigating the market power of Big Tech to press their case that, over the last several years, Amazon’s growing dominance over book publishing and bookselling has fundamentally altered the competitive framework of the industry. If Amazon’s power is left unchecked, the letter continues, competition within publishing could diminish even more.”
Publishing Leaders Issuing Warning over Amazon’s Market Power, by Jim Milliot, PW, 18 August 2020

Wow, check out the picture of Amazon’s bookstore in Pacific Palisades. Why would they have a bookstore? Don’t they know they wrecked that kind of thing? Or maybe that’s why they have a bookstore? Weird. And possibly evil.

“A strong economy in 2019 resulted in more giving by individuals, corporations, and foundations, as well as increases in giving to organizations in all but one of the nine recipient categories tracked by Giving USA — six of which recorded their highest ever giving totals (adjusted for inflation) in 2019. The analysis also found that the growth in giving in 2019 was driven by a jump in giving by individuals, which rose 4.7 percent and logged its second-highest dollar total (adjusted for inflation) ever — and which handily remains the largest single source of charitable giving at 69 percent of total giving. In recent years we’ve also seen giving by foundations comprising an increasingly larger share of total giving emerge as a trend; in 2019, that share was 17 percent for the second year in a row, the highest on record.”
Donors have an opportunity to build on last year’s strong giving, by Rick Dunham, PhilanTopic, 17 August 2020

“The same patterns are evident in tracking surveys from Civiqs and YouGov/The Economist. In the Civiqs data, white respondents’ net support (support minus opposition) for the Black Lives Matter movement surged from -4 shortly before the protests to +10 in early June, but has since dropped to 6 points underwater. Meanwhile, Black Americans’ net support went from +76 in early May to +85 in early June and has remained within a point of that mark ever since. And in the YouGov/The Economist surveys, the share of white Americans who said racism is a big problem decreased from 45 percent in June to 33 percent when the question was last asked in early August. Three-quarters of Black Americans, on the other hand, said racism was a big problem in both surveys.”
Support For Black Lives Matter Surged During Protests, But Is Waning Among White Americans, by Michael Tesler, 538, 19 August 2020

Well, at least it isn’t a backlash.

“Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to say major tech companies favor the views of liberals over conservatives. At the same time, partisans differ on whether social media companies should flag inaccurate information on their platforms.”
Most Americans Think Social Media Sites Censor Political Viewpoints, by Pew Research Center, 19 August 2020

“Stuck at home during COVID-19, residents are tossing out a record amount of trash. In 2019, the City of Los Angeles broke a record for requests to respond to illegal dumping, with more than 123,000 calls to haul away mattresses, shopping carts, couches and other items abandoned on streets and sidewalks. This year, with millions of Angelenos spending more time indoors and finally getting the chance to clean out those cluttered closets and basements, the city is on pace to surpass that figure, and some local garbage hauling is increasing by more than 85%.”
L.A. Getting Dumped on Like Never Before, by Crosstown via Los Angeleno, 19 August 2020

“You know the nickname she gave her father when she was growing up? She’d call me Joey B. So we may be related or something”
Cardi B Interviews Joe Biden Transcript, by Rev.com, 17 August 2020

America!

“Miami isn’t like L.A., where you might need Spanish. People assume Miami and L.A. — big Brown cities, lined with palm trees and nightclubs — are the same. But, of course, they aren’t. In Miami, our Brown people come from the sea, our trees are shorter and thicker, our clubs more unruly. They aren’t the same. In Miami, you have to know Spanish, or you will simply hit dead ends, like that tourist. Especially when you take a closer look, Miami definitely isn’t like L.A. Miami is where I went to school with Chinese kids that had Jamaican accents. It’s where I had a white-skinned friend who’s Argentine and Cuban but was born in Mexico and raised in Miami. Someone at the party interrupts to ask if he’s white passing, a question that begs this need to place him, despite what I’ve just explained: he cannot be placed. He’s many things. But I appease the inquirer: in L.A., he would be ‘passing.’ My friend’s question is nonsense to someone from Miami, where there’s no true ‘white’ for which to pass. In fact, the closest thing are those lost tourists. And there is no way we’d confuse the two.”
‘Who Invited Miami?’: An LA Transplant On The Rules of Racial Division — And How We Can Bend Them, by Yoán Moreno, LAist, 21 August 2020

“Finally, there are the Republican voters. The GOP is more and more a party of disaffected non-college-educated white people — especially men and those over age 50. And as the Republican Party has traded its younger, college-educated white people — especially women — for the Democrats’ non-college-educated, older white people — especially men — the Republican party’s primary electorate has shifted in ways that make anti-establishment, pro-Trump candidates more prevalent than they were even four years ago, and certainly eight years ago.”
Why There Are So Few Moderate Republicans Left, by Lee Drutman, 538, 24 August 2020

“…men and those over age 50.” Well, how long can these men last? I mean, really.

“Joseph DeAngelo, now 74, terrorized California in the 1970s and ’80s, killing at least 13 people, raping over 50 women and burglarizing over 100 homes. Because DeAngelo committed his crimes in various areas of the state, he received several nicknames including the East Area Rapist, the Visalia Ransacker and the Original Night Stalker.”
Golden State Killer Sentenced to Life Without Parole, by Juliet Rylah, Los Angeleno, 21 August 2020

1. Good that it wasn’t the death sentence. Death sentences are immoral, obscene, and expensive in California, even for this kind of horror.
2. Wow, this guy is so old. I doubt he’ll be a guest of the great and glorious state for very long.

Reading:

Storylandia, Issue 35, short mystery stories by Kathryn L. Ramage (publishing in November, so there is something else to look forward to)

Quotes:

It is only in the world of objects that we have time and space and selves.
T.S. Eliot

It is said that the world is in a state of bankruptcy, that the world owes the world more than the world can pay.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is the quality of the moment, not the number of days, or events, or of actors, that imports.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.
Frank Zappa

It isn’t what I do, but how I do it. It isn’t what I say, but how I say it, and how I look when I do it and say it.
Mae West

It takes two to get one in trouble.
Mae West

It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, ‘always do what you are afraid to do.’
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s hard to be funny when you have to be clean.
Mae West

It’s my belief we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.
Lily Tomlin

It’s not the men in my life that count, it’s the life in my men.
Mae West

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