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January 25, 2004 | ANDREW JOHN IGNATIUS VONTZ
In our wireless-broadband-text messaging era of instant gratification, the manual typewriter would seem about as relevant as the Pony Express. But for Jen Hofer, poet, typewriter collector and escritorio publico, the imperfection of pre-digital technology is the stuff of romance.
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January 25, 2004 | ANDREW JOHN IGNATIUS VONTZ
In our wireless-broadband-text messaging era of instant gratification, the manual typewriter would seem about as relevant as the Pony Express. But for Jen Hofer, poet, typewriter collector and escritorio publico, the imperfection of pre-digital technology is the stuff of romance.
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November 30, 2006 | Scott Sandell
A marionette show about the effects of gentrification, set along the eastern portion of Sunset Boulevard, might seem a bit of a stretch. But that is precisely the point for the creators of "Sunset Chronicles" -- to flex their creativity and comment on the reality of living in Los Angeles by crafting a fantasy world.
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April 30, 2009 | George Ducker
Long before the tiny, talking heads of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" yammered their brainy commentary over well-worn sci-fi films, there was the benshi. During the heyday of silent films, Japanese audiences flocked to see the latest imports from the West, but it was the translators, or benshi, who stole the show. The benshi were beloved cultural conduits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2004 | Daniel Hernandez, Times Staff Writer
A line of people dressed in black marched up Figueroa Street in Highland Park on Saturday morning holding brightly colored brooms. The group methodically swept the sidewalk, moving dust, empty soda cans and cigarette butts into the street. Shop owners peered curiously from their storefronts. Pedestrians paused to watch, looking puzzled.
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April 1, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
Today marks the start of National Poetry Month , the monthlong celebration of the verse inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. The April initiative aims to highlight the legacy and achievements of America's poets, and is among the largest literary celebrations in the world. This year, in bold defiance of gloom over the postal service's recent travails, the academy is focusing on the role correspondence has played in poetry over the years.  It celebrates not just of the epistolary form in poetry but the decades-worth of letters exchanged by poets like Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, Denise Levertov and Robert Duncan, and Langston Hughes and Bessie Head.
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April 29, 2009 | Reed Johnson
How often have you sat through a movie wishing you could talk back to the screen, reshuffle the ending or cut and paste your own dialogue to suggest what Indiana Jones is really thinking about the local Asian help? Have you ever perceived a riotous subtext lurking beneath the placid surface of some classic Hollywood narrative and wanted to leap out of your seat and regale your fellow viewers? Well, imagine no more.
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November 27, 2011
Compiled by Grace Krilanovich SUNDAY Glenda Bailey: The editor of Harper's Bazaar will discuss and sign "Harper's Bazaar: Greatest Hits. " Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 4 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110. Gerald Nicosia: The author of "One and Only: The Untold Story of On the Road" will discuss and sign his new biography of Beat paramour Lu Anne Henderson, the 15-year-old girl who went on the road with Kerouac and Cassady. Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice.
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December 4, 2011
Words & Ideas Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. SUNDAY Jill Fields : The editor of "Entering the Picture: Judy Chicago, the Fresno Feminist Art Program and the Collective Visions of Women Artists" will discuss and sign her new book. Hennessey + Ingalls Hollywood, 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., L.A. 3:30 p.m. Free. (323) 466-1256. David Kipen : The author of "Los Angeles in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to the City of Angels" will discuss and sign his new book as part of the Go West Reading Series.
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July 20, 2008 | Lisa Anne Auerbach, Lisa Anne Auerbach is a Los Angeles based artist and writer. Her current project, The Tract House, is on view in Baltimore until July 31 and can be accessed online at TheTractHouse.com.
I HAD an epiphany the first time I visited the Free Tract Society, in a large storefront on York Boulevard in Los Angeles' Highland Park. Two 20-foot-long tables were weighed down with neatly stacked piles of fliers blaring lurid headlines that dealt with some of my favorite subjects: witchcraft, easy money, homosexuality and communism. Behind a worn Formica counter, an offset press churned out additional tracts almost continuously -- modest, mostly two-color, pamphlets and one-sheets.
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