Archive | February, 2013

Readings announced in Atlanta & Los Angeles!

28 Feb


Hello Friends,

Over here at HQ, we’re keeping the ball rolling with “Seventeen Television”.   Readings are set up in Hotlanta and L.A. just in time for spring.

First up is Atlanta on Friday March 22nd at Solar Anus reading series which is run by writers Jamie Iredell, Blake Butler and Amy McDaniel .

Joining me will be authors Michael Tod Edgerton, and Andy Frazee.

Beep Beep Gallery, 7:30pm. 696 Charles Allen Dr NE  Atlanta, GA 30308

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Jamie Iredell

Blake Butler

Amy McDaniel


Next up is Sunday March 24th Los Angeles, CA @ The Hedgehog (Echo Park) 3PM A Rrose in a Prose Reading Series with DM Collins and more

Rrose Is A Prose Event Page

And last but not least the Vermin Reading Series hosted by Jim Ruland.  A very exciting final lineup to be announced shortly.

Vermin: Friday, April 5th at 7:30pm at 82LA in Echo Park

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New LA Drugz Music Video

27 Feb

Hello Friends,

The new music video for LA Drugz’ “Outside Place” is finally live!  The song is from our upcoming 12″ EP on Hovercraft Records. The video is based on the 80s punk flick “Repo Man” (Harry Dean Stanton, Emilio Estevez, 1984), and shot all over Los Angeles. We shot in the L.A. River, Boyle Heights, Downtown, Griffith Park and more.  It took a full 2 days to shoot.

Here’s some of the locations we shot at: Repo Man Locations

Alex Cox's 1984 cult classic "Repo Man" starring Harry Dean Stanton & Emilio Estevez

Alex Cox’s 1984 cult classic “Repo Man” starring Harry Dean Stanton & Emilio Estevez

“Outside Place” was directed and edited by Brett Roberts, the Director of Photography was Ardavon Fatehi and it was produced by yours truly. Thanks to everyone who participated, it turned out great!

You can hear a few more LA Drugz cuts here or here.




Chicago Tomorrow!

18 Feb


Hello Chicago Friends,

I’m headed to the windy city tomorrow for my reading at Quimby’s Bookstore at 7pm.. The weather forecast says that it will be partly cloudy with an 11°Low, 10% chance of snow, and wind: NW at 20 mph with 53% humidity.  I am ready to suffer.  Please come out and keep us warm.  Also reading is Cassandra Troyan from her new collection, “Throne of Blood,” and David Roche from his book “On Subbing”  Should be a blast, please come out and say hello.

Quimby’s: 1854 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, (773) 342-0910, Intersection: North Ave & Wolcott (Subway: Blue to Damen)


TimeOut Chicago Critics Pick

Gapers Block Event Page

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Deconstructing Christopher Dorner’s Manifesto

13 Feb





Many of us have been captivated by the Christopher Dorner story, an ex LAPD officer, ex military man who snapped and basically declared war on LAPD, his former employer.

Most media outlets reportage of Dorner’s manifesto focused on the inconsequential bits such as his admiration for Michelle Obama and Charlie Sheen, him bragging about his arsenal and military sharpshooting record. What I wanted to know was what made Dorner crack?  What did he have to say to the world before he went out with all guns blazing?

I finally had a chance to read his entire manifesto and was genuinely surprised.  Dorner claims his last straw was the abhorrent behavior of his colleagues in LAPD, who he claims have gotten worse since Rodney King and the LA Riots.   He mentions the beginning of the end when he reported excessive use of force by “(Ofcr. Teresa Evans/now a Sergeant)” for kicking a suspect, (“Christopher Gettler”) in the face.

Dorner claims that through Ms. Evans personal relationships inside the department she was not reprimanded and instead was eventually promoted.   Dorner also claims that two of his fellow officers used the word “nigger” repeatedly (Officers Hermilio Buridios IV and Marlon Magana) who were allegedly given 22 day paid suspensions as their punishment.

 When reading Dorner’s manifesto I couldn’t help but agree with many of his perspectives.  In the manifesto he expresses his support for the gay and lesbian community, women in the military and support for an assault weapons ban.

His liberal beliefs and violent actions may seem contradictory, but according to Dorner, he cracked because of LAPD’s hypocrisy in failing to punish cops who use an excessive amount of force, and in his view, his unfair dismissal due to being a “whistle blower”.

Killing and murder is indeed wrong.  But what is also wrong is an abuse of authority by LAPD over a long, troubled history.  No, Christopher Dorner shouldn’t be judge, jury and executioner.  But who is going to police the police? They will probably kill Chris Dorner.  Chris Dorner will probably kill a few more on his way out.  We have to come to terms with why this happened.  We have to listen to what Chris Dorner had to say.

I have attempted to chop up the manifesto to include his most poignant moments.

Dorner’s reasoning for turning to violence:

I have exhausted all available means at obtaining my name back. I have attempted all legal court efforts within appeals at the Superior Courts and California Appellate courts. This is my last resort. The LAPD has suppressed the truth and it has now lead to deadly consequences.”

 Luckily I don’t have to live everyday like most of you. Concerned if the misconduct you were a part of is going to be discovered. Looking over your shoulder, scurrying at every phone call from internal affairs or from the Captains office wondering if that is the day PSB comes after you for the suspects you struck when they were cuffed months/years ago or that $500 you pocketed from the narcotics dealer, or when the other guys on your watch beat a transient nearly to death and you never reported the UOF to the supervisor.

From 2/05 to 1/09 I saw some of the most vile things humans can inflict on others as a police officer in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, it wasn’t in the streets of LA. It was in the confounds of LAPD police stations and shops (cruisers). The enemy combatants in LA are not the citizens and suspects, it’s the police officers.

People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. How ironic that you utilize a fixed glass structure as your command HQ. You use as a luminous building to symbolize that you are transparent, have nothing to hide, or suppress when in essence, concealing, omitting, and obscuring is your forte.”

On the LA Riots:

“This department has not changed from the Daryl Gates and Mark Fuhrman days. Those officers are still employed and have all promoted to Command staff and supervisory positions. I will correct this error. Are you aware that an officer (a rookie/probationer at the time) seen on the Rodney King videotape striking Mr. King multiple times with a baton on 3/3/91 is still employed by the LAPD and is now a Captain on the police department? Captain Rolando Solano is now the commanding officer of a LAPD police station (West LA division). As a commanding officer, he is now responsible for over 200 officers. Do you trust him to enforce department policy and investigate use of force investigations on arrestees by his officers? Are you aware Evans has since promoted to Sergeant after kicking Mr. Gettler in the face. Oh, you Violated a citizens civil rights? We will promote you. Same as LAPD did with the the officers from Metro involved in the May Day melee at MacArthur Park. They promoted them to Sergeant (a supervisor role).”

On his targets:

“The blue line will forever be severed and a cultural change will be implanted. You have awoken a sleeping giant.

I am here to change and make policy. The culture of LAPD versus the community and honest/good officers needs to and will change. I am here to correct and calibrate your morale compasses to true north.

Those Caucasian officers who join South Bureau divisions (77th,SW,SE, an Harbor) with the sole intent to victimize minorities who are uneducated, and unaware of criminal law, civil law, and civil rights. You prefer the South bureau because a use of force/deadly force is likely and the individual you use UOF on will likely not report it. You are a high value target.

 Those Black officers in supervisory ranks and pay grades who stay in south bureau (even though you live in the valley or OC) for the sole intent of getting retribution toward subordinate caucasians officers for the pain and hostile work environment their elders inflicted on you as probationers (P-1′s) and novice P-2′s. You are a high value target. You perpetuated the cycle of racism in the department as well. You breed a new generation of bigoted caucasian officer when you belittle them and treat them unfairly.

Those Hispanic officers who victimize their own ethnicity because they are new immigrants to this country and are unaware of their civil rights. You call them wetbacks to their face and demean them in front of fellow officers of different ethnicities so that you will receive some sort of acceptance from your colleagues. I’m not impressed. Most likely, your parents or grandparents were immigrants at one time, but you have forgotten that. You are a high value target.

Those lesbian officers in supervising positions who go to work, day in day out, with the sole intent of attempting to prove your misandrist authority (not feminism) to degrade male officers. You are a high value target.

Those Asian officers who stand by and observe everything I previously mentioned other officers participate in on a daily basis but you say nothing, stand for nothing and protect nothing. Why? Because of your usual saying, ” I……don’t like conflict”. You are a high value target as well.

Those of you who “go along to get along” have no backbone and destroy the foundation of courage. You are the enablers of those who are guilty of misconduct. You are just as guilty as those who break the code of ethics and oath you swore.”

On LAPD Officers who violate their code of conduct:

“It is endless the amount of times per week officers arrest an individual, label him a suspect-arrestee-defendant and then before arraignment or trial realize that he is innocent based on evidence. You know what they say when they realize an innocent man just had his life turned upside down?. “I guess he should have stayed at home that day he was discovered walking down the street and matching the suspects description. Oh well, he appeared to be a dirtbag anyways”. Meanwhile the falsely accused is left to pick up his life, get a new, family, friends, and sense of self worth.

 Don’t honor these fallen officers/dirtbags. When your family members die, they just see you as extra overtime at a crime scene and at a perimeter. Why would you value their lives when they clearly don’t value yours or your family members lives? I’ve heard many officers who state they see dead victims as ATV’s, Waverunners, RV’s and new clothes for their kids. Why would you shed a tear for them when they in return crack a smile for your loss because of the impending extra money they will receive in their next paycheck for sitting at your loved ones crime scene of 6 hours because of the overtime they will accrue. They take photos of your loved ones recently deceased bodies with their cellphones and play a game of who has the most graphic dead body of the night with officers from other divisions. This isn’t just the 20 something year old officers, this is the 50 year old officers with significant time on the job as well who participate.”

 On an assault weapons ban:

If you had a well regulated AWB, this would not happen. The time is now to reinstitute a ban that will save lives. Why does any sportsman need a 30 round magazine for hunting? Why does anyone need a suppressor? Why does anyone need a AR15 rifle? This is the same small arms weapons system utilized in eradicating Al Qaeda, Taliban, and every enemy combatant since the Vietnam war. Don’t give me that crap that its not a select fire or full auto rifle like the DoD uses. That’s bullshit because troops who carry the M-4/M-16 weapon system for combat ops outside the wire rarely utilize the select fire function when in contact with enemy combatants. The use of select fire probably isn’t even 1% in combat. So in essence, the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle is the same as the M-4/M-16. These do not need to be purchased as easily as walking to your local Walmart or striking the enter key on your keyboard to “add to cart”. All the firearms utilized in my activities are registered to me and were legally purchased at gun stores and private party transfers. All concealable weapons (pistols) were also legally register in my name at police stations or FFL’s. Unfortunately, are you aware that I obtained class III weapons (suppressors) without a background check thru NICS or DROS completely LEGALLY several times? I was able to use a trust account that I created on quicken will maker and a $10 notary charge at a mailbox etc. to obtain them legally. Granted, I am not a felon, nor have a DV misdemeanor conviction or active TRO against me on a NCIC file. I can buy any firearm I want, but should I be able to purchase these class III weapons (SBR’s, and suppressors) without a background check and just a $10 notary signature on a quicken will maker program? The answer is NO. I’m not even a resident of the state i purchased them in. Lock n Load just wanted money so they allow you to purchase class III weapons with just a notarized trust, military ID. Shame on you, Lock n Load. NFA and ATF need new laws and policies that do not allow loopholes such as this. In the end, I hope that you will realize that the small arms I utilize should not be accessed with the ease that I obtained them. Who in there right mind needs a fucking silencer!!! who needs a freaking SBR AR15? No one. No more Virginia Tech, Columbine HS, Wisconsin temple, Aurora theatre, Portland malls, Tucson rally, Newtown Sandy Hook. Whether by executive order or thru a bi-partisan congress an assault weapons ban needs to be re-instituted. Period!!!

Mia Farrow said it best. “Gun control is no longer debatable, it’s not a conversation, its a moral mandate.”

Sen. Feinstein, you are doing the right thing in leading the re-institution of a national AWB. Never again should any public official state that their prayers and thoughts are with the family. That has become cliche’ and meaningless. Its time for action. Let this be your legacy that you bestow to America. Do not be swayed by obstacles, antagaonist, and naysayers. Remember the innocent children at Austin, Kent, Stockton, Fullerton, San Diego, Iowa City, Jonesboro, Columbine, Nickel Mines, Blacksburg, Springfield, Red Lake, Chardon, Aurora, and Newtown. Make sure this never happens again!!!

In my cache you will find several small arms. In the cache, Bushmaster firearms, Remington precision rifles, and AAC Suppressors (silencers). All of these small arms are manufactured by Cerberus/Freedom Group. The same company responsible for the Portland mall shooting, Webster , NY, and Sandy Hook massacre.”


On racist LAPD officers who disrespect President Obama:

“You disrespect the office of the POTUS/Presidency and Commander in Chief. You call him Kenyan, mongroid, halfrican, muslim, and FBHO when in essence you are to address him as simply, President. The same as you did to President George W. Bush and all those in the highest ranking position of our land before him. Just as I always have. You question his birth certificate, his educational and professional accomplishments, and his judeo-christian beliefs. You make disparaging remarks about his dead parents. You never questioned the fact that his former opponent, the honorable Senator John McCain, was not born in the CONUS or that Bush had a C average in his undergrad. Electoral Candidates children (Romney) state they want to punch the president in the face during debates with no formal repercussions. No one even questioned the fact that the son just made a criminal threat toward the President. You call his wife a Wookie. Off the record, I love your new bangs, Mrs. Obama. A woman whose professional and educational accomplishments are second to none when compared to recent First wives. You call his supporters, whether black, brown, yellow, or white, leeches, FSA, welfare recipients, and ni$&er lovers. You say this openly without any discretion. Before you start with your argument that you believe I would vote for Obama because he has the same skin color as me, fuck you. I didn’t vote in this last election as my choice of candidate, John Huntsman, didn’t win the primary candidacy for his party. Mr. President, I haven’t agreed with all of your decisions but of course I haven’t agreed with all of your predecessors decisions. I think you’ve done a hell of a job with what you have been dealt and how you have managed it. I shed a tear the night you were initially elected President in 2008. I never thought that day would occur. A black man elected president in the U.S. in my lifetime.”

On donating his brain to science:

“If possible, I want my brain preserved for science/research to study the effects of severe depression on an individual’s brain. Since 6/26/08 when I was relieved of duty and 1/2/09 when I was terminated I have been afflicted with severe depression. I’ve had two CT scans during my lifetime that are in my medical record at Kaiser Permanente. Both are from concussions resulting from playing football. The first one was in high school, 10/96. The second was in college and occurred in 10/99. Both were conducted at Kaiser Permanente hospitals in LA/Orange county. These two CT scans should give a good baseline for my brain activity before severe depression began in late 2008.

 Sure, many of you “law enforcement experts and specialist” will state, “in all my years this is the worst……..”, Stop!!! That’s not important. Ask yourselves what would cause somebody to take these drastic measures like I did. That’s what is important.”

Catholic Church:

“Cardinal Mahoney, you are in essence a predator yourself as you enabled your subordinates to molest multiple children in the church over many decades. May you die a long and slow painful death.”

On women in Combat & LGBT:

“My opinion on women in combat MOS’, Designators, Rates, and AFSC’s. I wish all of you who attempt to pursue combat occupational roles the greatest success in completing, graduating, and qualifying in their respective schools/courses. Many want to see you fail. Remember, everyone of you is a pioneer. There was a time when they didn’t allow blacks to fight the good fight. This is your civil rights. Don’t quit!!!

It’s time to allow gay service member’s spouses to utilize the same benefits that all heterosexual dependents are eligible for. Medical, Dental, Tricare, Deers, SGLI, BX, Commissary, Milstar, MWR, etc. Flag officers, lets be honest. You can’t really give a valid argument to as why gays shouldn’t be eligible as every month a new state enacts laws that allow same sex marriage.

LGBT community and supporters, the same way you have the right to voice your opinion on acceptance of gay marriage, Chick Fil-A has a right to voice their beliefs as well. That’s what makes America so great. Freedom of expression. Don’t be assholes and boycott/degrade their business and customers who patronize the locations. They make some damn good chicken! Vandalizing (graffiti) their locations does not help any cause.

Ellen Degeneres, continue your excellent contribution to entertaining America and bringing the human factor to entertainment. You changed the perception of your gay community and how we as Americans view the LGBT community. I congratulate you on your success and opening my eyes as a young adult, and my generation to the fact that you are know different from us other than who you choose to love. Oh, and you Prop 8 supporters, why the fuck do you care who your neighbor marries. Hypocritical pieces of shit.”

On his music preferences:

Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” is the greatest piece of music ever, period. Hanz Zimmer, William Bell, Eric Clapton, BB King, Bob Marley, Sam Cooke, Metallica, Rob Zombie, Nora Jones, Marvin Gaye, Jay-Z, and the King (Louis Armstrong) are musical prodigies.”


“Larry David, I agree. 72-82 degrees is way to hot in a residence. 68 , degrees is perfect.”

(Complete uncensored text of Dorner’s manifesto is here:

Razorcake/Gorsky Press Podcast!

7 Feb


Hello All,

Alongside Gabe Durham and Rev. Norb, I was featured on Gorsky Press’ latest edition of their writers series podcast.  It was fun hanging out in the heart of Razorcake headquarters, drinking beers and eating some insanely spicy potato chips I bought around the corner at this little Mexican supermarket.  Thanks very much to Todd Taylor and Jim Ruland for hosting me.



Me reading “Down On The Blvd.” on the Gorsky Press podcast

About to read "Down On the Blvd" on the Gorsky Press podcast at Razorcake HQ in Highland Park, Los Angeles

About to read “Down On the Blvd” on the Gorsky Press podcast at Razorcake HQ in Highland Park, Los Angeles

MRR Book Review

7 Feb

Hey Y’all,

Got a nice review from the folks at MaximumRockNRoll in San Francisco!  See here…

(Issue #358, March 2013)

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Chicago Reading!

6 Feb

Chicago Comrades,

I’m headed to the shores of Lake Michigan for a reading at Quimby’s Bookstore. I’ll be reading from my new book “Seventeen Television” alongside the likes of Cassandra Troyan (Throne of Blood), and Dave Roche (On Subbing). Should be a blast. We need some warm bodies to keep us warm, so come down and say hello.