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David Rocklin on worthwhile risks and addictive highs

David Rocklin on worthwhile risks and addictive highs

Every month, I interview an author I admire on his literary firsts. If you’re plugged into the L.A. literary community, you know about Roar Shack, the eclectic monthly reading series in Echo Park with its impromptu live write competitions. And if you’ve been to Roar Shack, you know its host… read more

November giveaway: The Night Language by David Rocklin

November giveaway: The Night Language by David Rocklin

Political drama. False identities. Forbidden romance. David Rocklin’s new novel, The Night Language, contains all of these, but is at its heart a quiet — and unexpected — love story. After all, there aren’t too many novels starring black men in the court of Queen Victoria — let alone two… read more

Come celebrate: 11/1 is my birthday. Cake Time!

Come celebrate: 11/1 is my birthday. Cake Time!

November is one of my favorite months — because my birthday falls in it (My wishlist is here, just FYI). But I’m especially looking forward to it this year because it’s going to be a month of firsts: First time leading a National Writing Month workshop, first time judging a… read more

October book reviews: Where lieth freedom?

October book reviews: Where lieth freedom?

Brief reviews of books by contemporary authors I read this month — along with photos of what I ate while reading. The list is ordered by the level my enjoyment: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (McClelland and Stewart, 1985) “I hunger to commit the act of touch.” * For… read more

Boxwalla: A Book box for world literature lovers

Boxwalla: A Book box for world literature lovers

If you want to read more international writers, but don’t know where to start, try a Boxwalla Book Box. This subscription box service promises to send you two new reads at a time — featuring writers from all over the world. Boxwalla’s picks seem pretty idiosyncratic and, in general, lesser… read more

Santa Monica Review's Andrew Tonkovich on dream jobs, dream worlds

Santa Monica Review’s Andrew Tonkovich on dream jobs, dream worlds

Every month, I interview an author I admire on his literary firsts–except this month, I’m interviewing an editor. Editing a literary journal, I think, requires a certain level of masochism. We’re talking, after all, about publications with teeny tiny readerships that nonetheless get deluged with thousands of submissions from would-be… read more