Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968-2018

Joseph Houlihan


L.A.-based conceptualist Allen Ruppersberg’s Intellectual Property 1968-2018 retrospective, now open at the Hammer Museum of UCLA, is a revelation of constraint, automatism, and obsession. Joseph Houlihan reviews.

The Power Ballads

Aiden Arata


“I didn’t invite anyone I knew to my solo show because I couldn’t think of anyone who I wanted to see the work, or the gallery.” Fiction by Aiden Arata.


Book Album Book: Katabasis (Hermit and the Recluse, Orpheus vs. the Sirens)

Jeff T. Johnson


“One person’s hell is another person’s storyline.” The latest installment of Jeff T. Johnson’s Book Album Book tackles Hermit and the Recluse’s Orpheus vs the Sirens.

The Space Invaders

Frankie Allegra


“As a girl, to become a woman, I was taught that my body is a gun.” Frankie Allegra examines the definitions of personal space, “grinding,” sexual assault, and how her understanding of violation has changed over time.



Tanya Whiton


“When Gary left Elaine, he drove away in his Mustang and returned for visits wearing a new gold chain around his neck. When Ed left Marsha, her kids went crazy.” Flash fiction by Tanya Whiton.


Four short forays into eschewing salvation through the rebuking/prophetic musings of the Lower East Side Patron Saint Peter Greene

Lee Levinson


“Grocery shopping always soothes the homicide in your hall closet.” 4 short one man plays based on the living archetype of actor Peter Greene by Lee Levinson.



Alex DiFrancesco


“The man who says he loves me says he is rarely affected so deeply by someone he has never met in real life as he is by me.” Alex DiFrancesco examines the endless shapes and layers of image encountered throughout the search for love on Grindr.


The Princess Whose Hair Was Writing

Natsumi Tanaka


“Once there was a kingdom without writing.” Short fiction by Natsumi Tanaka. Translated from Japanese by Toshiya Kamei.


Mourning: or summer

Erica Ammann


Erica Ammann explores nostalgia, pain, desire, resistance, and narrative as related in the music of Japanese-American singer-songwriter Mitski, as well as through the writing of Derrida, Sarah Gerard, and more.


To Know, To Realize, To Carry a Weight

Stephanie Cawley


Stephanie Cawley takes a deeply personal look through the lens of the passing of her father at how we manage the experience of grief in attempting to communicate with ourselves and with others.