RSS

Jim Ruland

Jim Ruland lives and writes in San Diego and sometimes Los Angeles. He is the curator for the irreverent, irregular reading series Vermin on the Mount, now in its 12th year.

"We call it Poetry & Art,' but we've had quite a variety of shows," author and poet Michael Klam says. "We had wrestlers come one time and do body slams on canvas to make paintings. more

Short List Event Picks

Abbott’s fans grow with each new book but with a number of film and television projects in the works (she was a writer on the HBO show The Deuce), she seems destined to join her pantheon of hardboiled heroes. more

The Floating Library

melissabroder_chelseahodson_flatforweb.jpg

Melissa Broder photo by Lord Byron / Chelsea Hodson photo by Ryan Lowry

In trying to understand why we want what we want, Broder and Hodson arrive at essential truths about the human condition—even if sometimes what we want is a merman with a penis. more

Features

How to Be Safe explores the aftermath of a horrific school shooting. Anna Crawford is a teacher at the school who was suspended two weeks before the massacre. She is spared the actual tragedy, but is dragged into the drama by conspiracy theorists. more

The Floating Library

The Mars Room is an important, devastating book that challenges our assumptions about prisons and their purpose by putting the reader on the other side of the bars. more

The Floating Library

Filled with longing, The Silver Shoes is a reminder that it’s never too late to nurture one’s creative impulses. Dance like no one’s watching is great advice, but first you need a pair of shoes. more

The Floating Library

Though it’s fewer than 100 pages and can be read in an afternoon, Photographic is a fabulous introduction to Iturbide’s work because it considers the breadth of her career, not just her work in Juchitán. more

The Floating Library

George Saunders has done the impossible: He’s written a supernatural novel populated by dead people that’s entirely original and deeply moving. more

The Floating Library

While talking with an old family friend named Khalil a fight breaks out. They leave, but on the way home Khalil is pulled over and a tragic scene that is all too familiar in American life unfolds. more

The Floating Library

The novel takes place during fire season and opens on “the third morning of a wildfire to the east.” Fire imagery abounds in Evans’ prose and Sheila is something of an emotional fire starter. more

The Floating Library

Brandon Hobson’s Where the Dead Sit Talking explores the loneliness of a boy named Sequoyah who has been placed in foster care with the Troutt family in rural Oklahoma. more

The Floating Library

For Isabel: A Mandala—written by Antonio Tabucchi and translated from the Italian into English by Elizabeth Harris and published last year by Archipelago Books—contains a multitude of mysteries. more

The Floating Library 1 Comments

IMG_0407_CreditJimRuland.jpg

Photo by Jim Ruland

Next week Cody and her mother will be coming to San Diego’s Mingei International Museum to discuss Weaving a Path, the Mingei’s exhibit of Diné (Navajo) textiles from the museum’s permanent collection. more

Features

While visiting her mother in California, Elsa Fisher allows her old college friends to talk her into a trip to Catalina, the island 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles that is also the name of Liska Jacobs’ impossible-to-put-down debut novel. more

The Floating Library

On a rare weekend together, her family went on a trip to an ancient gravesite, which they promptly plundered for household décor. They even kept a skull, which was stashed in the pantry. more

The Floating Library

The long-awaited adaptation of Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer’s breakthrough work of speculative fiction published by FSG in 2014, hits the big screen this week. more

The Floating Library

Though she did not receive the recognition she deserves during her lifetime, Varo’s work continues to take new generations of fans on journeys of the imagination. more

The Floating Library

Depending on your point of view, Fire and Fury is an indictment of a broken political system or, like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, an existential comedy. more

The Floating Library

Throughout his career, Winnette has been adept at adopting the style of a particular genre and then subverting it for his own purposes. more

The Floating Library

I don’t like “best of” lists. In advertising, you can’t claim that a product or service is the best without being able to prove it. So why do those of us who write about the arts get to declare what’s best without some kind of criteria? more

The Floating Library

But Vampira endures. Her signature looks and mordant humor inspired pop culture icons like the character of Morticia of The Addams Family, Disney’s Maleficent and horror movie hostess Elvira. more

The Floating Library