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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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"The truth is, I hate short story writing. Trying to do it has taught me much more about frustration and despair than I ever wanted to know.” So writes Octavia E. Butler in the preface to her short story collection, Bloodchild. more

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As much as I love walking on the beaches in Coronado, driving through Cuyamaca Rancho State Park or visiting Valle de Guadalupe between Tecate and Ensenada, I know very little about the plants that make these diverse ecosystems unique. more

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Manuel Paul López’s new poetry collection, These Days of Candy, published by Noemi Press this month, is full of sweet surprises. more

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October is the perfect season for catching up on new horror flicks or revisiting old favorites, but there are plenty of spooky books out there too. more

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If the purpose of the Outspoken Authors series is to ensure that writers who work in marginalized genres aren’t overlooked, Hand is a fitting choice. more

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Hughes was a gifted stylist who wrote poetry, novels, four decades of book reviews and a highly regarded biography of Erle Stanley Gardner. more

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In reading Loory’s tales, one gets a sense that the barriers have been taken down. People converse with animals. Children commune with the monsters in their closet. And the distinction between flying and falling is fluid. more

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In Occupy Pynchon, Carswell reminds us that, “democracy must be deliberated upon. It must be learned. It must be practiced and developed as a skill.” more

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J.K. Huysman’s Là-bas was published in 1891 after it was serialized in a French newspaper. The book is infamous for supposedly having the most accurate description of a black mass in Western literature. more

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