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Event Review: Julian Tepper
Come to my Aug 1 reading of Balls.
Not sure if Jenna can make it, but I hope so.
Urge her, if you can. I'm a bit squeamish without her, and I may resume my youthful birdogging. (Id you see me doing that, slap me on the rear and say, authoritatively, "hey, Julian, cut that out."
And, no matter what, ask me in a lout voice (but don't yell) how I like Placitas, NM, and you may get to remove one of my Balls, from the table.
Looking forward to feeling you there,
It's easy to roll your eyes at the self-righteousness of the name of The Last Bookstore. Cynicism about the state of printed word is all too easy, you may think. But walk past the oversized couches in the ground-floor atrium and head up to the new top floor, where every title is a dollar, and the rooms of books go on and on, some with neat stacks of books on the ground waiting to be shelved, others with books so scattered that it feels like you shouldn't even be allowed to be there. It's... More »
Downtown's The Last Bookstore is an oasis of all kinds of dusty culture. Its newly opened, sprawling, second-floor dollar book room can steal hours of your life. On the first floor, closer to the street, are just as many records. Tens of thousands of LPs and 45s are meticulously stacked by genre, alphabetically. It's a stunning achievement that the space stays so consistently organized. In less than an hour you can build a massive collection of soul 45s for less than a hundred bucks. Need a... More »
For fans of independent booksellers, the Last Bookstore in downtown L.A. no doubt is already on the radar. But with its recent move to new 10,000-square-foot digs on the busy, colorful corner of Spring and Fifth, the Last Bookstore is expanding more than its inventory. With a stage and a sound system, a roomy exhibition space and plenty of places to sit and gather, it's clear the store wants people to hang around. Any given afternoon or evening might see authors, musicians, visual artists... More »
It may not be the last used bookstore in L.A., but the Last Bookstore is certainly the best. And business? “Never better,” according to owner Josh Spencer. On Thursdays, the store features a comedy show called Literally Funny, a variation of regular stand-up where the participants read material in front of an audience. Material has included an erotic story written from the perspective of a 10-year-old boy, and “an episode of The Cosby Show... More »
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