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

Jun 20, 2012 12:00 AM Short List Event Picks

For anyone who’d like to learn more about this fascinating subculture and check out some cool cars, cruise on over to Barrio Logan for Chicano Park Day on Saturday April 22. Or, at the least, pick up a copy of San Diego Lowriders. more

Apr 17, 2017 5:16 PM The Floating Library

It’s all about the context. Context is also a requirement for unpacking the contradictions that abound in Layli Long Soldier’s new collection of poems, WHEREAS, released last month by Graywolf Press. more

Apr 3, 2017 5:45 PM The Floating Library

You won’t find Frida Kahlo or Georgia O’Keefe in Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (In That Order) and that’s probably for the best. more

Mar 20, 2017 5:20 PM The Floating Library

While the poems in Hodge's Dated Emcees aren’t as reactionary as her performance for Black Panthers at 50, there’s no armed resistance against those we let into out hearts. more

Mar 7, 2017 5:40 PM The Floating Library

Jason DeBoer’s Annihilation Songs (Stalking Horse Press) is a book unlike any other. At less than 100 pages it feels like a poetry collection, and in a sense it is. T more

Feb 20, 2017 5:05 PM The Floating Library

The conventional immigrant novel follows a rags-to-riches narrative: a person or group of people arrive in a foreign place feeling the loss of their old way of living in the world as they struggle to navigate the new. more

Feb 6, 2017 3:00 PM The Floating Library

While reading Joshua Mohr’s new memoir, Sirens (Two Dollar Radio) I realized I’d played a bit part in his story. more

Jan 23, 2017 3:00 PM The Floating Library

In her book-length rumination, Hotel, Walsh reflects on the appeal of various types of hotels, from leisure resorts to business hotels to health spas and sanatoriums. more

Jan 9, 2017 2:48 PM The Floating Library

The Throwback Special, which was nominated for the National Book Award, is about a group of men who assemble each winter at a budget hotel to recreate a play that occurred in an NFL game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins. more

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Every once in a while I encounter a work of very short fiction that provides the same thrill of discovering something new while redefining what a short story can be. Meredith Alling's Sing the Song (Future Tense Books) is one such book. more

Dec 12, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

The latest installment of Black Candies , an annual anthology of literary horror and dark fiction published here in San Diego by the literary nonprofit So Say We All, is titled Gross and Unlikeable and features 28 stories written and illust... more

Nov 28, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

What makes The Haunted Looking Glass, originally published in 1959, unique is that Gorey not only chose the stories but also provided a black-and-white illustration for each selection. more

Nov 14, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

In the opening story of Jen George's debut collection The Babysitter at Rest, released last month from publishing project Dorothy, a woman of 33 falls under the influence of The Guide, who offers sta more

Oct 31, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

Looking for a book that delivers chills and thrills this Halloween season but don't have a lot of time? Here are two new novellas that take less time to read than it does to re-watch Friday the 13th . more

Oct 17, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

Gina Frangello's new novel, Every Kind of Wanting , published last month by Counterpoint, is a wolf in sheep's clothing. more

Oct 3, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

Even if you're familiar with the earnest yet offbeat work of Johnston, Cavolo and McClanahan, there's no way to prepare yourself for the visions you'll find between the covers of The Incantations of Daniel Johnston . more

Sep 19, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

Reading IRL [Internet slang for “in real life”] is like looking over the shoulder of a young gay artist as he scrolls through various social media feeds searching for sex, inspiration, a relief from the stultifying boredom of a hot Brooklyn... more

Sep 14, 2016 12:00 AM Fall Arts

In Transitory , Tobias Carroll's stellar debut collection of stories from Civil Coping Mechanisms, art is the dark star around which its satellites of broken artists orbit. more

Aug 30, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

When Walt Whitman famously wrote, "I contain multitudes" in Song of Myself , he was speaking metaphorically. But Fernando Pessoa, Lisbon's everyman, truly did contain a multitude of personas, and you don't have to go all the way to Portugal... more

Aug 8, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

What if I told you that the best of these new books chronicles the highs and lows of the band NOFX? Yes, NOFX. The band responsible for songs such as “My Vagina” and “Don’t Call Me White” and albums titled Heavy Petting Zoo and White Trash,... more

Jul 6, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library