"We tell ourselves stories in order to live. The princess is caged in the consulate. The man with the candy will lead the children into the sea…
…We live entirely, especially if we are writers, by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the ‘ideas’ with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience.
Or at least we do for awhile.”
Wendy C. Ortiz holds an MA in clinical psychology and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She’s a Los Angeles native who lived for eight years in Olympia, Washington before returning to Los Angeles. She lives with the love of her life and their daughter. Wendy has read at various venues…
Thanks to Karly Little & Lunch Ticket for a lovely interview.
To William Burroughs and hope he is doing different drugs in his other lives. Thanksgiving Day Nov 28 2013
Thanks for the free range turkey +all the donated meals destined tobe savored then shat out through wholesome(if not smarting) American guts.Thanks for a planet that is…
One week ago I was sitting in a conference room at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication discussing the future of paying for news. The next hour I was sitting with the op-ed editor of the Los Angeles Times, thinking how funny it was that I traveled a state over to talk with someone who works a few miles from where I live.
These are just moments from an overwhelming weekend where I mingled with journalists, technologists, intrapreneurs, hacktivists, and more, from 5:30pm on Friday through 2pm on Sunday. I became known as the columnist writing about medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles and was approached by people with fascinating leads, ideas, and people for me to meet and talk with who might illuminate more of the story. In all honesty, I was most at home playing Werewolf with this stellar genius crowd. I closed out my time in Arizona having lunch with friend and writer Tara Ison, who filled me in on what’s happening in her world, including her wonderful news that Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press will be publishing TWO of her books in 2015: Reeling Through Life, a collection of essays, and Ball, a short story collection. Then it was back to Los Angeles and the grind.
Me & John Bracken, who introduced me once as “like my sister-in-law” which is totally true, in the area of the hotel we took over to play Werewolf. Do I look hungover? Because I was.
Only my grind has switched gears a bit since at the moment I have zero submissions out, with the exception of two applications for writing residencies in 2014.
This photo is apropos of nothing except that me and the photographer, Carrie Villines, find it amusing. Carrie texted this to me late last night from a performance space in Bushwick. Teehee.
Kevin Sampsell, who is not only a Portland book czar and kingpin, but also the editor and publisher of my first book (summer 2014!), celebrated the release of his novel This Is Between Us (Tin House) this week. Excited as I am about reading it, I’m holding out to buy it when Kevin comes to Skylight Books on Friday, Nov. 22 to get my copy in person.
Chiwan Choi, literary man-about-town according to Los Angeles Magazine and everyone who knows him, as well as editor and publisher of my second book (forthcoming in fall/winter 2014) writes about the terribly unfortunate situation with The Last Bookstore and how the DT•LAB was forced out of the space. Chiwan is a publisher and cultural worker of enormous integrity, and I’ll never tire of saying that I’m thrilled to be associated with Writ Large Press. No doubt the DT•LAB will be resurrected elsewhere and the literary alchemy can continue in a space more open, welcoming, and well-suited to independent artists and writers.
My dear friend and phenomenal writer Karrie Higgins has a new essay up at Full Grown People. "Proxy Sister" is an astounding story of how Karrie stood in line with Ordain Women for a ticket to the all-male Priesthood Session of October 2013 LDS General Conference in Salt Lake City, even though she is neither a Mormon nor a man.
Another dear friend shared the story of her family dinners in which no health or bodily issue is left untouched. In "The Seven Things You’re Not Supposed to Talk About" episode of This American Life you can listen in on a family meal in which shedding, clams, floaters, blood pressure, medication and more are discussed quite heartily.
Last night, I met one of my inspirations, Gustavo Arellano, at a Writing Pad event at The Hub in downtown L.A. You might know him from his wildly successful and awesome column ¡Ask A Mexican! Reyna Grande and Evangeline Ordaz rounded out this excellent panel with Dalia Martinez moderating. Thank you for the day pass to The Hub, Marilyn Friedman and The Hub LA! I’m looking forward to checking out the space.
Meanwhile, this is my last free day before the second half of November and all of December swallow me whole. A week’s worth of laundry is churning with more loads in line, my kid is now three years old, and oil of oregano drops are doing me wonders. Peace out.
In order to be on the up and up, and to accomplish the goals of this column, I needed to obtain a medical marijuana card. Our first excursion wa…
I’m certified. Enjoy.
These gorgeous 1871s illustrations for Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by artist Alphonse de Neuville are hauntingly reminiscent of Edward Gorey’s illustrations for H. G. Wells’s War of the Worlds.
Also see these stunning 1964 illustrations for the Verne biography The Man Who Invented the Future.
Autumn arrives in Los Angeles with its drizzle of rain ruining the recently washed cars and dead leaves backing up the city sewer grates. It has t…
Would you like to virtually step inside a marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles? My latest column for McSweeney’s is live.
I spent the last two days holed up in the Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications. The official description of where I was at:
“News Foo is a gathering of 150 key practitioners and thinkers from the worlds of journalism, technology, and public policy who are re-imagining the future of the news. It’s an ‘unconference’ where we’ll share projects and ideas, and tackle challenging problems together.”
I’m too overstimulated to even write any coherent thoughts about this incredible experience at the moment. I would like to spend tomorrow in a sensory deprivation tank because it was, in short, like an overdose of brain candy and extroversion to the max.
The photo above is a piece of art that hovered over a nearby square.
Exhaustion is setting in & I haven’t even boarded the plane home yet …
Rhapsodomancy brings four writers together at the Good Luck Bar for a lively Sunday night reading every even-numbered month since 2004.
Sun. Dec. 8. After Secret City at the Bootleg Theater at noon, you will have a few hours to collect yourself & come down to the Good Luck Bar, where we will wow you with Tara Ison, Sophie Sills, James Ducat, and Jennifer Genest.