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Jerry Stahl Blogs the Birth of His Daughter

Author and screenwriter Jerry Stahl been chronicling the final month of his girlfriend’s pregnancy over at The Rumpus, calling himself the “OG Dad.” That’s OG for Old Guy, which may sound harsh for a man of 58, but as Stahl explains, when his new daughter is 12, he’ll be 70.

The blogging culminated Thursday with an account of the birth of his daughter, as gritty and raw as you’d expect from the author of Permanent Midnight. Fans of the junkie memoir will recall that when Stahl’s first child was born, he was high on black tar heroin. But two decades of clean living later, Stahl is sober enough to observe every excruciating moment of his girlfriend’s labor:

I’m at my post, by the head of the bed, mopping E’s brow with a weirdly scrapey washrag. The doctor glances up at me. “HERE SHE COMES! Come on Daddy, do you want to see?”

And without thinking, I leave the head of the bed and stagger to the foot, where, before I can blink, I see some kind of long black probe protruding from E’s savaged vagina. “Jesus fuck! What is that? An antenna!?”

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Swimming with Snarks

Last night’s Los Angeles Film Festival poolside chat, held on the rooftop of downtown’s JW Marriott Hotel, was billed as a “Film Rant.” But what it really turned out to be was a “Film Riff.”

Which is fine when the gathered group consists of writer Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight, pictured), actress Illeana Douglas (Easy to Assemble), writer-director Daniel Waters (Heathers), and Oscar nominated screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence). Stahl said he is still bitter about the lack of success of his board game movie Parcheesi 2, while Douglas remembered having to bite her tongue during a meeting at Oxygen when a network staffer raved about the great writing done by Steve Martin in the play Waiting for Godot.

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Tonight: Rudolph Herzog Talks Hitler and Humor at Stories

Rudolph Herzog, son of legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog, will be at Stories bookstore in Echo Park tonight to talk about his new book Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler’s Germany. Herzog will be appearing alongside special guests Dana Gould and Joseph Mattson to lead a discussion on the topic of “humor and Hitler.” We’re told Jerry Stahl will likely make an appearance as well to read from his Joseph Mengele novel.

Herzog will be on Patt Morrison‘s show this afternoon talking about the same topic.

Tonight’s event starts at seven. More info here.

Tonight: ‘Slake’ at the Hammer Museum

LA’s favorite literary mag Slake is putting on an event at the Hammer Museum tonight. “LA Iconoclasts” is the name of the show and will feature “readings, and performances by Slake contributors, including screenwriter and novelist Jerry Stahl, House of Leaves author Mark Z. Danielewski, comic actress and writer Lauren Weedman (The Daily Show, Date Night, Hung), cult film queen Mary Woronov, plus jazz ensemble the Max Wrightson trio.”

The event is free and starts at seven. More details on the Hammer’s website.

Slake Throws A Damn Good Party

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In celebration of their premiere issue, the Slake literary journal threw a party at Track 16 on Thursday night, complete with readings, music, an art show, a taco truck, and most importantly – PIE. Beautiful women served up generous slices of apple pie in a vintage 1929 dining car to the literary hordes, which included Jerry Stahl, Luke Davies, John Powers, Iris Berry, John Albert, Joe Donnelly, Deborah Stoll, and Jonathan Gold.

The gallery show of art from Slake will be on display at Track 16 through the end of the week. Track 16 Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave. Bldg C-1, Santa Monica, 310-264-4678. We recommend taking a peek.

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Launch Party For The Rumpus

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New online magazine The Rumpus officially launched in January, but they’re just now getting around to celebrating in Los Angeles. The event will be at the Steve Allen Theater this coming Saturday, and will feature readings by:

Janet Fitch
(White Oleander and Paint it Black)
Aimee Bender (The Girl In The Flammable Skirt)
Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight and Painkillers)
Zak Smith (Pictures showing what happens on each page of
Thomas Pynchon‘s novel Gravity’s Rainbow)

Tickets are $10. More info here.

LAT Storytelling Experiment

Yesterday the LA Times ran the first chapter in a serial fiction project. It’s a story written in short installments, each by a different author. The tale is called “Money Walks” and it will be published in the Calendar section six times a week, with the conclusion coming April 24. Contributing writers include Mary McNamara, Seth Greenland, Marisa Silver, Aimee Bender, Denise Hamilton and Jerry Stahl. It’s an interesting mash-up of literary voices, and we look forward to following the resulting work.

The first chapter, by Mary McNamara, can be read here

The second chapter, by Seth Greenland, can be read here

Media Events 07.19.07

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Thursday 07.19.07
WHAT: Premiere of Back Soon at Outfest.
WHO: A talented cast.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Regent Showcase Theater
WHY: Because Bad Sweater Guy says eight words in this film! In a locker room!

FRIDAY 07.20.07
WHAT: Book Reading
WHO: Jerry Stahl reads from his new book Love Without: Stories
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Skylight Books
WHY: It’ll be as good a time with an ex-junkie as you can reasonably expect to have.

FRIDAY 07.20.07
WHAT: The Patsy and Annette Show
WHO: actresses Meghan Parks and Vanessa Ragland
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Westside Eclectic
WHY: It’s a comedy/variety talk-show-thing with two adorable gals. And it’s only $8. So if it’s great — wonderful! And if it sucks, no harm, no foul.

Movies We’d Love to See, But Never Will: Premiere.Com Explains

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Premiere.com takes a clever step away from yapping about the summer blockbusters and offers 20 Movies Not Coming Soon to a Theater Near You. Stephen Saito brings us up to speed on

Phil Spector bio-pic starring Tom Cruise. No matter what the jury outcome, this project is DOA.

What Makes Sammy Run? with Ben Stiller. Stiller bought the book rights, wrote a script with Jerry Stahl, and now he’s too busy?

A Confederacy of Dunces with Will Farrell. John Belushi was the original star, which tells you how long this has been kicking around.

Saito’s favorite is Confederacy, even though he knows it’s not a popular choice.