Archives: June 2010
FBLA’s Tina Dupuy took second place in the Investigative/Series category at the LA Press Club Awards this past weekend, for her Pasadena Weekly piece “Bibles and Babies” — a piece, this humble Fishie would like to add, he helped edit and would have run as an LA CityBeat cover story had the paper not folded a little more than a year ago.
Full list of winners here.
The fourth annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair was held this past Saturday and thousands came out for the celebration of African American literature. Unfortunatly your FBLA editors missed the event, but the LA Times has a nice little write-up:
The festival was founded in 2007 by Cynthia E. Exum and Associates in partnership with Los Angeles Councilman Bernard C. Parks, whose district includes the southwest Los Angeles neighborhood rich with Art Deco apartments and office buildings, Afrocentric boutiques and shops such as Eso Won Books.
“This festival can be appreciated on many levels,” Parks said. “It is a celebration of the written word and presents role models from famous actors to little-known artists just starting to make their mark. It is also an economic stimulus because the crowds of book-lovers spill over into local shops and restaurants – and it’s getting bigger.”
Read the full article here.
Former LA Weekly publisher Michael Sigman has a nice profile of LA’s newest literary magazine “Slake” — the brainchild of former LA Weekly editors Joe Donnelly and Laurie Ochoa — on his Huffington Post blog.
From Sigman’s piece:
A recent Gregory Rodriguez op ed in the LA Times articulated the city’s need to claim its due as a world-class cultural force. (Never mind the irony of where the piece appeared.) Ochoa and Donnelly agree, and hope their small but mighty enterprise can eventually expand to include books, film, documentaries, special projects and even a mentoring/educational program. Donnelly: “It’s long been important to me that Los Angeles not outsource its creative and intellectual assets to New York just because that city is the corporate headquarters of publishing. L.A. faces the responsibilities and privileges of the modern world more than any other city in the country. We’re the world’s ex-pat capital, especially when it comes to South America and the Pacific Rim. It’s a city of neighborhoods unified by a subtle, sometimes esoteric idea, and so is Slake.”
Convinced there’s a hunger among consumers for long-form print journalism and fiction, Slake’s editors throw down the gauntlet against the meme — promoted most notably by Nicholas Carr in his Atlantic essay Is Google Making Us Stupid? and his new book The Shallows — that today’s Internet-obsessed readers can’t keep their minds on anything beyond a few minutes of Tweets or YouTubes.
Slake makes its debut June 30th.
Our sister site FishbowlDC’s editor Betsy Rothstein tied with Tucker Carlson for Countdown’s Worst Person in the World on Friday over the publishing of David Weigel‘s “private” emails. The result was the resignation of Weigel from WaPo, which is ridiculous. Contempt is hardly a firing offense. It should be a requirement.
You know those fake magazine covers you get done at Magic Mountain? You and your bonehead cousin on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Well, Meg Whitman did that with Fail Blog. She dummied up a red “FAIL” for her opponent Jerry Brown.
The Fail Blog called her out on it:
Some of you have emailed us concerning a political attack video by the Meg Whitman campaign for California governor which features a screenshot of FAIL Blog attacking the other candidate Jerry Brown. We want to make it VERY clear that FAIL Blog nor the Cheezburger Network had any involvement or knowledge of the Whitman campaign use of a screenshot of FAIL Blog. In fact, the screenshot portrayed in the video never existed because the Whitman campaign faked the content within the screenshot. FAIL Blog or the Cheezburger Network has never been involved in any endorsement of any candidate or political party and do not plan to do so.
They have demanded Whitman stop using the video and requested Brown not use the incident in his campaign. That second one seems unreasonable. Can I haz a fair game?
And yes, this race is already too catty for LOLcats.
Here’s the JerryFails.com site.
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Mark your calenders folks!
Please join us for our cocktail party in L.A.!
What: Drinks and conversation
Who: Media professionals
Why: To bring about greater community among media professionals, and because it’s fun!
When: Tuesday, June 29, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
The Room SM
1325 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Food/Drink: Drink specials