Domenic Stansberry's The White Devil, released by Molotov Editions back In October, 2016, has been named for four different awards, including a number of Independent Press Awards, shown above, and is currently a finalist for the prestigious Hammett Prize, along with the Thin Man Trophy, the winner of which will be announced in October, 2017.
STANSBERRY'S CONTROVERSIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL NOIR RELEASED BY MOLOTOV EDITIONS IN E-BOOK. COVER PHOTO BY PETER ROZOVSKY.
This neo-noir thriller stirred controversy when a dissenting judge on the Edgar Award Committee broke with tradition to condemn the selection of this "amoral" novel for Best Paperback Original. The novel tells the story of a forensic psychologist accused of strangling his mistress—and does so through the unnerving, charming, intelligent, often unreliable voice of the accused himself. Originally published in mass paper by Hard Case Crime,in 2005, this e-book edition from Molotov Editions features a cover photo by Peter Rozovsky, author of the influential blog Detectives Beyond Borders.
Poet Gillian recieved the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America in recognition of a body of work at mid-career, at the National Arts Club in Grammery Park on March 29, 2017. Molotov Editions is the proud publisher of her recent translation of Tzara's Dada Manifesto, On Feeble Love & Bitter Love, done in limited first edition of 120 copies, signed and numbered. Gillian is a poet, translator and edtitor, author of 7 books of poety, including Peace (LA Times Book Finalist), The Plot Genie, Beckon, and Tall Stranger; translator of Michaux's 1000 Times Breaking, from City Lights; and long time editor of Volt; A Magazine of the Arts.
She is pictured above, left, at the ceremony, along with Susan Howe--winner of the prestigious Frost Medal for lifetime achievement in poetry. Also shown (below) are Monica Youn, winner of the William Carlos Williams Award, and Jericho Brown, who won the Lyric Poetry Award.
Others here include friends and poets Dale Going, Katie Lederer, Elena Rivera: visual artist Hawley Hussey; crime novelist Domenic Stansberry, and Molotov Collaborator and Assistant Editor Gillis Flavia Stansberry.
Also, from the night before, Yusef Komunyakka, past Shelley Memorial Award winner, with Gillian at the Zinc Bar near NYU.
ON FEEBLE LOVE & BITTER LOVE, a fresh annihilation/translation of Tzara's dada manifesto by LA TIMES Book Award Finalist Gillian Conoley, published by Molotov Editions. These pages are from the first edition, of 120 copies, signed and numbered, with individualized endplates hand glued into each copy, so each of these 40 page chapbooks is different. Copies of this first edition are currently not available online, but only through CITY LIGHTS in San Francisco, and BOOK PASSAGE in Corte Madera. If you'd like to get them signed in person, come to the March 15 Molotov Launch at Book Passage. If there are any left over from the bookstore and personal sales, first edition may be made available online later. In the meantime, you can get the second edition online, but it does not have the invidualized endplates or the hand numbering.
Linda Ronstandt together with Molotov Author Robert Mailer Anderson co-hosted musical bash featuring David Hidalgo of Los Lobos and rocker Dave Alvin to benefit Los Cenzontles: a school of arts and culture for young people, with special focus on contemporary manifestations of native and ancient traditions in music and the arts with roots in Mexico and Latin America.
Highlights below. Photos by Beth Stansberry.
Los Cenzonteles Folk Band, using native instrumentation (see below)
Playing percusson on goat's jaw. Real goat, real jaw.
Linda Ronstandt with Eugene Rodriquez, co-founder and musical director of Los Cenzontles, a community school operating out of the East Bay, in San Pablo and Richmond area for 20 years. Linda is a long time supporter. Los Cenzontles is a band, school, community hang out, and attracts musicians working in rock/polka/Cal-Tex-Mex traditoins to its Pachjanga jams from all over the country.
Dave Alvin (of Border Radio fame) playing "Fourth of July" with David Hidalgo of Los Lobos and Eugene Hernandez (right) and accordian player Flaco Jimenez (left). Pete Sears is on piano (Jefferson Starship).
During the later jam bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Jay Walsh and saxman Patrick Wolff (Patrick Wolff Trio) joined in.
World Famous Molotov Editions Photographer Beth Stansberry with poet and translator Gillian Conoley (works including--among many others-- On Feeble Love & Bitter Love, a fresh annihilation of dada manifesto by Tristan Tzara--just released from the infinite vaults of Molotov Editions)
Robert Mailer Anderson on stage with daughter Frances singing vocals, with back-up from Dave Hidago of Los Lobos and Los Cenzonteles Pachanga Jam musicians
Genuine Victrola: wind-up device that plays early recordings surpisingly loud with no use of electricity whatsoever. A purely mechanical device from before the electric era which piped music into the room before the concert itself began.
Others piped in and dancing, wandering through the Pachanga dancing included the blessed and obscure, the divine and the bedridden, the holy and the forgotten, animals and dogs, some pictured above and others lost in the crowd: actors Edward James Olmos and Mykelti Williamson; sax player Joshua Redma; teachers and artists Lorena Oropeza and Astrid Rodriguez; former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous; photographers Jim Goldberg and Allesandra Sanguinetti; , Paul Pelosi; Oscar Villalon (Zyzzva); Mary Ladd; Peter Marvelis (City Lights Books); Julie Lindow; Peter Kaufman; Gina of Miami (whose Chicago father is renowned Karate sensei), Gina's sister in the wild pink skirt; and variois members of the Anderson-Miner clan together with Molotov collaborators from Ukiah to San Leandro who remain unidenitfied by design or happenstance in the shadows.
Domenic Stansberry's The WHITE DEVIL has been shorlisted for the 2017 HAMMETT PRIZE... the annual award for best novel from the International Association of Crime Writers . . . Previous winners include Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Alice Hoffman, George Pelecanos. . . . This year's finalists:
The Second Life of Nick Mason, by Steve Hamilton (G.P. Putnam's Sons)
The Drifter, by Nicholas Petrie (G.P. Putnam's Sons)
The White Devil, by Domenic Stansberry (Molotov Editions)
Revolver, by Duane Swierczynki (Mulholland Books)
The Big Nothing, by Bob Truluck (Murmur House Press)
The winner, tba in October, will receive the ThIn Man Trophy, designed by sculptor Peter BolgerRead More
Hussey and Brovold juxtapose the outer and inner in SF Alleycat Gallery Show intermingling Hussey's Hanging Botanicals with Brovold's Peephole Boxes and Magical Instruments.
Wildflower Botanical Paintings and Woodcuts: Hawley Hussey
Brovold's Peephole Boxes alongside Hussey's Wildflower Hangings. The Peephole Boxes give glimpses into inner worlds: Backyard Croquet: Disco Constellations: Fred Flintstone Receding into Infinity.
LEFT BELOW: Musical Instrument: Hollowed Tree, Piano/Guitar Strings wiht Frets: on wood stand played spontaneously with help of pivot device: Brovold
(Photos: Domenic Stansberry)
RIGHT ABOVE Detail Botanical Painting, Hussey.
LEFT TO RIGHT: Detail Wildflower Woodcut: Peephole into Hanging Room; Wildflower Painting: Marbles Rolling Down Strings in Hollow Tree Instrument
Opening Night at Alleycat Gallery, on 24th Street In San Francisco's Mission District, behind Alleycat Books.
All photos Domenic Stansberry
News and reviews of Mololov Editions and our various endeavors, including our books, theatrical productions, and dada annihilations.
REVIEWS: THE WHITE DEVIL
Stansberry nails the sultry, decadent, and erotically charged tone with one perfectly placed hammer stroke after another. Booklist (Bill Ott)
Perhaps the most surprising feature of this tour de force is its pervasive links to both Jacobean tragedy and contemporary Mediterranean noir. Who knew? --Kirkus
Edgar-winner Stansberry takes the reader on a wild ride in this exceptional noir . . . compelling reading. Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
Gripping from beginning to end, The White Devil is an unforgettable novel by an author at the height of his powers. Foreword Reviews (Claire Foster)
Anything but staid or predictable . . . keeps readers guessing, entertained, and thoroughly immersed. Midwest Book Review
With its down-to-the-bone, spare prose style, … and scenes that would not be out of place in a Fellini classic, The White Devil is quite simply perfect in its execution. UK Raven Crime
A really good book [and] very haunting story . . . Human nature is so bizarre sometimes, and here, its dark side is writ very large. Crime Segments
ON STAGE: THE DEATH OF TEDDY BALLGAME
Since it’s publication by Molotov Editions in October—and with advance fanfare from Leah Garchik at the SF Chronicle—Robert Mailer Anderson’s new play, The Death of Teddy Ballgame, has been staged to jazz accompaniment, under the direction of Jon Moscone (former director Cal Shakespeare), at the Henderson Lab at the SF Jazz Center; at the Yerba Buena Center with Broadway actor and screen star Shiloh Fernandez; and in a one night staged reading forthcoming at the Clark Gallery. All to packed houses, standing room only. More news on future stagings as events unfurl.
DADA ANNIHILATION: ON FEEBLE LOVE & BITTER LOVE
Fresh translation/annihilation of Tzara’s famous dada manifesto by Gillian Conoley. Published in limited edition on the occasion of the Dada World Fair in San Francisco, staged as benediction on opening day of the fair at City Lights. Conoley is author of 8 books of poetry, LA Times Book Award Finalist for Peace, translator of Henri Michaux’s A Thousand Times Broken. Innovative in a fantastic way . . .. . smart, talented, perceptive. Huffington Post on Gillian Conoley
ARTICLE FROM THOMAS FULLER IN NOVEMBER 23, 2016 NYT describes poverty and malnutrion in Salinas Valley, once home to John Steinbeck, author of dustbowl classic Grapes of Wrath.
From the article:
The combination of high rents and low incomes — wages typically fall in the range of $10 to $15 an hour — leaves farmworkers with minimal and often inadequate money for food and is a contributor to the housing crisis in Salinas.
Homelessness has risen so steadily in recent years that the Salinas City Elementary School District now has a liaison for students without permanent housing.
Cheryl Camany, the school district’s homeless liaison, listed the types of dwellings where some farmworkers slept: “Tents, encampments, abandoned buildings,” she said. “They could be living in a toolshed, a chicken coop.”
Poverty and neglect among farmworkers is by no means new. Steinbeck, the valley’s most famous native son, wrote in the 1930s about the “curious attitude toward a group that makes our agriculture successful.”
“The migrants are needed, and they are hated,” he wrote, a sentiment that residents here feel has been revived with the election of Donald J. Trump as president and his promises to deport undocumented workers.
At a diabetes and nutrition awareness class held at a nursery school in King City, overweight women from farmworker families were given a barrage of statistics on the dangers of poor diets, especially those excessive in sugar.
“Two in five Americans will develop diabetes,” Lisa Rico, the instructor, told the class in Spanish. “But for us it’s one in two.”
USA TODAY Interview with Commuciations Professor Melissa Zinders about why she took down her preilimary list of unreliable news sites . . . That list, she explained to USA TODAY, attempted to distinguish between several different kinds of news sites: those that were blatantly false; those that used false "Click Bait" headlines to attract readers but whose articles were more accurate; those that mixed fact with opinion; those that presented false information for comic or satiric purpose; those that were blatantly partistan; those that were generally reliable but needed to be checked against other sources.... Her general conclusion was that readers should check multiple sources, including both maintstream and alternative, as wel as partisan sources with ideas contrary to their own. She also cautioned in the interview that most all news sources, including onces she generally respected, were subject to political influence, bad reporting, or just getting it wrong.... She took the list down, she said, because what was included on that list, and what wasn't, was drawing more attention and controversy and distracting from the general principles she was trying to get across: about the difficulties in determining the truth when relying on a google or facebook, which use algorithms based on visitation frequency. creating a kind of echo chamber in which people only hear /see what they already agree with . . . And all this can result in the mass desimination of false information through retweeting and reposting.... To read the entire interview for yourself, don't rely on my report here but check the source url below . . . DS
LOS ANGELES CENTRAL: 3rd lagest in US, blend of Mediterranean and Egyptian inflences.
A cooperative study on the nature of consciousness—between the University of São Paulo and the University of Wisconsin(Madison)—appears to indicatethat unconsciousness is what happens when different parts of the brain can’t connect:
"The [reserachers] compared the brain activity of patients from the full spectrum of consciousness — awake, asleep, drugged with anesthetics, in comas or suffering from “locked-in syndrome,” in which the body appears trapped in a comalike state but the brain is active and aware. "
Awst Press, exciting new press--publisher of Donald Quist's Harbors: announces PushCart nominations:: Jayy Dodd, David Olimpio, Erin Pringle-Toungate, Donald Quist, Sophfronia Scott, and Sonya Vatomsky.
No one reads the Queen of the Underworld (1850–1924).
In 1913, Sophie Lyons wrote her memoirs, chronicling six decades of bank robberies, prison breaks, cons, and swindles that left her a rich woman. One hundred years later, we’re [Combustion Books] bringing this important work back into print, casting back the veil of the 19th century criminal underworld. This is the world of fences and art thieves, bank sneaks and conwomen, but it is punctuated by a remarkable and nearly universal honor among thieves. Fully illustrated throughout with numerous diagrams of robbery methods and ways of concealing stolen valuables.
via Brickbat Books (my favorite Philadelphia bookstore)
Former Los Ángeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa plans on running for governor of California in 2018--and has been touring the state, which despite its enormous wealth also has the highest poverty rate in the nation.
"Of the largest 300 cities in the nation that are impacted by high poverty rates, 77 are in California and 3 of the top 5 most poverty-stricken towns are in the Central Valley."
According to VIDA en el Valle--a HIspanic Weekly, serving California San Joaquin Valleuy, Villaraigosa has been on an intensive tour of the area.
Below is a condensed version of VIDA's article, from which M/e is quoting directly.
“I learned that the whole water issue is more complex than people in the big cities would have you believe. I also learned that there are a lot of hard working people who are not working anymore,” said Villaraigosa.
He compared the Central Valley and its people to the Midwest.
“They believe in family, God, have a strong work ethic and believe in this great country. But for some reason, they, and people from the Inland Empire all share this sense that their issues and their problems are not really important to some of our policymakers and that nobody listens to them.”
Part of his Central Valley tour included a stop in East Porterville, an unincorporated community in Tulare County that has been plagued by drinking water issues for years and claims about 12 percent of the state’s failed water wells. Dozens of government agencies and nonprofit organizations have stepped in to help the community, eventually drawing international media attention for its woes as California’s drought worsens.
“I learned that if you are lucky enough to be a homeowner in East Porterville, you get a 50 gallon tank of water; and if you are poor you have to shower in a truck,” said Villaraigosa.
This chart is 2013, but the economic divide, between rich and poor, has increased in California, and the housing adjusted poverty rate has climbed to 27%, worse for seniors and children's and minorities. States like California, New York, Florida, Texas--which do not rank as badly using traditional measures-- turn out to have much higher poverty rates, among the worst in the nation, when adjusted for cost of living. There are similar problems, in California, in regards to public schooling. The US government has recently begun to adjust poverty rankings based on cost of living, this you will see conflicting figures from the government itself, between 16 and 27%, with the United way putting the figure in the low 30 percentiles. DS
CRIME SEGEMENTS takes a backwards glance at both the book and movie, both noir classics, though with very different conceptions of the main character.
"It was good standing there on the promontory overlooking the evening sea, the fog lifting itself like gauze veils to touch his face. There was something in it akin to flying, the sense of being lifted high above crawling earth, of bingprt of th wildnss of sir. Something too of being closed within an unknown and strange world of mist and cloud and wind. He’d liked flying at night; he missed after the way had crashed to and finsih and dribbled to an en. It wasn’t the same fluing a little private create. He’d tried it; it was like returning to the stone ax after precision tools. He had found nothing yet to take the place of flying wild." OPENING PARAGRAPH IN A LONELY PLACE, Dorothy Hughes, 1942. Reissued by The Feminist Press, 2002