Well, this is happening...

About the Event:

Please join us for a lively and heartfelt event, "Divorced & Gay in Downtown L.A.," featuring Meredith Maran, author of THE NEW OLD ME (Blue Rider Press, 2017), and visual artist Daisy Tong, followed by readings by David Francis, Abigail Ulman, Seth Fischer, and other guests.

Meredith Maran is a writer who fled to L.A. when her long, seemingly blissful, same-sex marriage ended suddenly and excruciatingly.

Daisy Tong is a painter who fled to L.A. when her long, seemingly blissful, same-sex marriage ended suddenly and excruciatingly.

Meredith wrote a book about it.
Daisy made paintings about it.
Meredith and Daisy met two years ago in downtown L.A. and talked endlessly about it.

Join Daisy and Meredith for a brutally honest conversation about writing, art and life in L.A. Meredith will read from her new book, and Daisy will walk guests through her artwork on display. Special guest readings will follow the program.

Please join us in the Redwood Room for drinking/dining/bonding until around 8 p.m.

 

Details:

Entry: Free. Open to the public.

Arrival: Please plan to arrive at Clifton's by 4 p.m., though late arrivals are welcome! Guests may drink in the Ballroom and may purchase from the bar. Come early to enjoy Jazz Sunday brunch or stay late to hear sultry retro vocals.

Parking: Parking is available on the street and in the St. Vincent Jewelry lot for $6 across from Clifton's.

Salon: The salon will be held in the Clifton's Republic Ballroom. Following the reading, authors will be available for book purchasing and signing.

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/107387263124361/

Cheerio, Twenty Sixteen

After a shite start (cancer really cramped my style for a while there), and a plethora of shitetastic deaths (Bowie, Prince, the American Dream thanks to Donald J. Trump... etc), my year has ended on a double-whammy of highs. (1) Finally and in the nick of time: I got my Green Card; and, (2) I fell in love: everyone meet Emily; Emily meet, well, the whole internet I guess.

I can't wait for 2017 :)

I can't wait for 2017 :)

Final teeth update for 2016

It's over. Four months of sheer hell including tear-inducing pain of both the physical and financial variety. BUT! In the end it was worth it, so my thanks to Dr Ramazani and her team at Plaza Dental in DTLA, for persevering in the face of some stellar whinging by yours truly...

Behold the disturbing before and after shots!

Witness some of Britain's finest dentistry! I know, they really were this shocking

Witness some of Britain's finest dentistry! I know, they really were this shocking

Uppers: American veneer falsies. Lowers: British originals after four months of braces

Uppers: American veneer falsies. Lowers: British originals after four months of braces

Researched Los Angeles graphic design in the '60s – hit gold

Discovered these self-promo posters created in 1966-67 by brothers, Archie Boston and Brad Boston. Mind. Blown. Source: "Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California & Graphic Design 1936-1986" by Louise Sandhaus

Badass Feminist Dudes

(L-R) Barry in Los Angeles; Zak in Minneapolis; Adam in Auckland, NZ; Andrew in New York

And the profits from Badass Women on Tees will go to...

Computer science badasses

Computer science badasses

Black Girls CODE!

From their website: Black Girls CODE introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails. Black Girls CODE has set out to prove to the world that girls of every color have the skills to become the programmers of tomorrow. Black Girls CODE's ultimate goal is to provide African-American youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected to be available in the U.S. by 2020, and to train 1 million girls by 2040.

Badass Women on Tees (a new shop)

badass.threadless.com Check it out, spread the word, buy a tee, give feedback (leave a comment below - who are your favourite badass women? what garments would you like beyond a tee?).

Backstory: As a non-US citizen (that's a soon-to-be deported alien immigrant if Trump wins) I'm barred from donating to Hills. So I recreated her most badass Blackberry texting portrait and launched a little pop-up tee shop. If anyone buys/wears one then I'll at least be 'contributing' by spreading the message. Going through this exercise I realised that there are so many amazing women out there being total badasses - so I've started to add them to the collection. My aim is not to make money (I've kept the prices as low as possible and my profit is practically zero), however if it takes off - I'll give my earnings to a charity that helps young girls of colour become badasses too (charity suggestions very welcome).

(To the Badass Women: I have no idea how to reach you and ask your permission for using your image, so if you want me to remove you from this band of badass ladies please email and I'll fix that straight away.)