FROM #DIVESTNY TO #DIVESTSF: Rebecca Solnit writes: Please attend if you can

FROM #DIVESTNY TO #DIVESTSF: Rebecca Solnit writes: Please attend if you can. In April it will be five years since the San Francisco Retirement Board was asked by a UNANIMOUS vote of the Board of Supervisors to divest its enormous pension fund from fossil fuels, an action that would have saved millions of dollars as fossil-fuel prices crashed. They have been stalling and waffling and making up dog-ate-my-homework excuses, but Wednesday might push them over the edge at last. Especially since New York City has just committed to this divestment. Special thanks to Jed Holtzman, who’s kept this pressure on all this time.
See you there! #dominos

Writing a story is a kind of magic

Writing a story is a kind of magic. But the magic obscures the story’s faults and flaws. That’s what revision is for, a kind of demystifying process, which requires all kinds of clear-eyed thinking and reckoning and reimagining. But there’s no better feeling for a writer than getting the revision right and feeling the old magic seep back into the story to stay.

For some reason I forgot to put this book on my year-end list: Stalin’s Meteorologist by Olivier Rolin

For some reason I forgot to put this book on my year-end list: Stalin’s Meteorologist by Olivier Rolin. I’ve been an admirer of Rolin’s since Dalkey Archive Press put out Hotel Crystal, a strange little book I think about several times a year, usually while settling into a new hotel room. His latest is about a scientist, who also happened to be a fine illustrator, swept up in the Great Terror and his attempts to be rational in the face of an injustice so enormous it’s difficult to fathom. But fathom we must so that we recognize it when we see it in our own communities big and small. It’s a melancholy read to be sure but one I highly recommend in my review for the Los Angeles Times. Thanks to Carolyn Kellogg for the opportunity and the edits.

After a bit of a hiatus, Vermin on the Mount is back in San Diego! We have changed venues and have a new home at La Bodega Gallery

After a bit of a hiatus, Vermin on the Mount is back in San Diego! We have changed venues and have a new home at La Bodega Gallery. The event will feature Ryan Bradford, Suzanne Xuân Høyem and Paul Lopez of San Diego, Siel Ju from Los Angeles and Colin Winnette who will be traveling from San Francisco. Special thanks to Chris Zertuche and Soni López-Chávez for helping Vermin on the Mount transition to Barrio Logan and for being stellar supporters of all the creative arts in San Diego. Don’t be bitten!

Luna is finally starting to use her leg

Luna is finally starting to use her leg! However we have a long road ahead of us regarding her recovery. The vets are still concerned about managing her pain and making sure she continues to use the leg. They are worried about atrophy and the fact she should be further along with her recovery. But we are still positive she can keep the leg. She might have a permanent limp but it’s better than no leg. 
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“…the sports story of 2017 was how many NFL teams chose to flush their seasons, screw their fan bases, and gut the local economies that had lavished them with taxpayer dollars rather than sign free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick. In 2016, Kaepernick threw for 16 touchdowns and had only four interceptions for a terrible 49ers team while leading the NFL in yards per carry. He also was given his team’s courage award after fully embracing community service, local organizing, and the tactics of political resistance, famously protesting police violence during the anthem. His coaches loved him. His teammates loved him.
NFL owners and executives, as well as the guy they bankrolled in the Oval Office to cut their taxes? Not so much.”

Oh my God! I woke up to the tragic news that fellow Asian-American gay rights activist, screenwriter, actor and producer Matt Palazzollo has died at…

Oh my God! I woke up to the tragic news that fellow Asian-American gay rights activist, screenwriter, actor and producer Matt Palazzollo has died at such a young age. I cannot process this right now. He was the Harvey Milk of this generation. Matt, myself and a bunch of LGBTs came together late 2008 and started a handful of gay civil rights organizations that became known as Stonewall 2.0 after the passage of Prop 8. He led marches, gave goose-bump inspiring speeches, organized events, starred in Charlie Gage’s documentary INSPIRED: The Voices Against Prop 8 and was a shining star of our movement. Matt was our impromptu leader, a great mind teeming with so much talent. He has left a lasting legacy. The LGBT community has lost a bright light. You’ll always remain in our hearts and in our memories as the Harvey Milk of this generation, Matt! I’m proud to have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with you marching the streets of Hollywood and West Hollywood fighting for gay rights my brother. My heart is broken and I can’t process this tragic loss. I am numb from shock that you’re gone. I hope the City of West Hollywood Government pulls together an event for the public to celebrate Matt’s life so we can properly say our goodbyes. May you Rest-In-Peace Matt.

Guess who just arrived in DENVER for tonight’s show at CERVANTES !? Your favorite once-dreadlocked sortof oddly semi Asian-eyed North Carolina…

Guess who just arrived in DENVER for tonight’s show at CERVANTES !? Your favorite once-dreadlocked sortof oddly semi Asian-eyed North Carolina music producers who are also (or used to be) in jam bands but that now spend their time in the woods making music on laptops. We are excited to bring you this dish of down and mid tempo bliss (and ok – I’m hitting some 120bpm lately) along with our brother Cualli and a super special guest!! Grab your tickets as they are selling out fast. Not in Denver? Catch us Friday night in Winter Park and Saturday night in Boulder! #earthcry #livinglight #cualli #cervantes #denver #papadosio @earthcrymusic @cuallimusic @papadosio @cervantesmasterpiece