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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

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

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

Jan 9, 2018 3:44 PM 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

Dec 26, 2017 11:35 AM 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

Dec 11, 2017 11:10 AM The Floating Library

"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

Nov 27, 2017 2:20 PM The Floating Library

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

Nov 13, 2017 12:26 PM The Floating Library

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

Oct 30, 2017 12:06 PM The Floating Library

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

Oct 16, 2017 11:29 AM The Floating Library

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

Oct 2, 2017 2:23 PM The Floating Library

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

Sep 18, 2017 6:00 PM The Floating Library

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Photo by Jennie Hetrick

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

Sep 13, 2017 12:06 PM Fall Arts

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

Aug 21, 2017 1:50 PM The Floating Library 1 Comments

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

Aug 7, 2017 10:10 AM The Floating Library

In her debut collection of poems, Lessons on Expulsion, published earlier this month by Graywolf, Erika L. Sánchez invites the reader into a world that is both sensuous and strange. more

Jul 25, 2017 5:40 PM The Floating Library

For the 100th installment of The Floating Library, I want to tell you about a book that is very important to me: The Lost Cities of the Mayas: The Life, Art and Discoveries of Frederick Catherwood by Fabio Bourbon. more

Jul 10, 2017 4:39 PM The Floating Library

In his most recent novel, Beatlebone (Doubleday, 2015) Barry inhabits Lennon’s spirit and takes the reader on a strange and wonderful vision quest through the west of Ireland. more

Jun 26, 2017 5:35 PM The Floating Library 1 Comments

The Seven Autopsies of Nora Hanneman, Courtney E. Morgan’s debut collection of linked short stories, is full of surprises. more

Jun 12, 2017 4:57 PM The Floating Library

Carrington’s stories are part fairy tale, part nightmare. They are packed with forests full of strange creatures and castles populated by the rich and well to do. more

May 30, 2017 5:48 PM The Floating Library

I’m a sucker for sailor stories. So when Ian McGuire’s whaling tale The North Water hit the New York Times bestseller list, I took notice. But this is not your father’s nautical adventure novel. more

May 16, 2017 4:44 PM The Floating Library

The only thing worse than living inside of a simulation when one’s hold on reality begins to slip is the sneaky suspicion that a fellow crew member is becoming delusional. more

May 1, 2017 3:40 PM The Floating Library

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

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