I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. - Groucho Marx


by Kollin Holtz
May 3, 2017
Grace Jones is a Jamaican born (May 1948), New York raised (1962) model, actress and most notably, a Grammy nominated Disco pop star turned new wave/R&B artist at the peak of anti-disco sentiment. Her Androgynous style landed her on the covers of Elle, and Vogue magazine inspiring the aesthetic of many female pop stars to come. Her fashion sense and style is a rebellion against the status-quo regarding gender rolls, and what a woman’s “place” is. Through her music, clothing and attitude, she most certainly is the rebellious epitomic representation of the Pastor’s child that she claims to be...
Kollin Holtz is a comedian, writer, and filmmaker living in a closet under the stairs in San Francisco, CA. Check out his website,www.kollinholtz.com for updates on his shows, and his podcast “Closet Talk With Kollin Holtz.” You may also follow him on twitter @KollinHoltz if ya fancy.

by Jeff LaPrade
April 28, 2017
I moved to Los Angeles in November of 2012, sort of. I moved to Redondo Beach, a small isolated beach suburb nestled in a little magical bubble referred to as “The South Bay” where nothing dark every happens and there are only smiles always. While still in Los Angeles County, this is a little shelter where all of the kids think the public transportation is dangerous and if something is two miles away that counts as far. This is why I had a bit of trouble believing that the legendary hardcore band Black Flag came out of this white washed seafoam town...
Jeff LaPrade was born in Dirty Jersey but spent most of childhood in a suburb of Oakland.  Sticking to the skate parks, he developed a love for the underground and DIY culture.  Diversely motivated, he spends his focus designing cloths, producing photo shoots and writing about whatever comes to mind.  Despite his love for writing, Jeff earned his B/S in Physics from San Francisco State University in 2011.  Since then he has worked as a Solar Engineer,  Nuclear Weapons Detector Engineer, a vegetarian cook, has self published a book, and is a regular contributor to realizeculture.com and Swoop Magazine.  Now he resides in Venice Beach, soaking in the rays, writing until his fingers bleed and tutoring local children in the off time.

by Josh Klimaszewski
April 26, 2017

In 1961, Adolf Eichmann pled for his life before the Jerusalem District Court in Beit Ha’am and an international television audience. As the world scrutinized a man indicted for crimes against humanity, the former SS lieutenant insisted that he only a “transmitter” of fascism. Nobody believed it. 1 Eichmann pled not guilty by reason of superior orders, claiming that he was innocent because he was a soldier; he was simply following orders. The superior orders plea was the same defense pled at the Nuremburg trials 16 years earlier--it was always the same. As people across the globe watched this trial unfold, the morality of Eichmann became global spectacle and disseminated into the public domain, creating hard questions. If everyone was following orders, then who was responsible for the Holocaust, both legally and morally? Eichmann and the other chief engineers of the Holocaust committed horrible acts against humanity, yet the responsibility for genocide must diffuse beyond its officers and into the populous. How could the German people let this happen?

Josh Klimaszewski is a line cook by day and a scholar by night. He has a completely useless bachelor's degree in art history.  His favorite part of the Internet is how Wikipedia does all the citation work for you. He keeps himself entertained by making comics and playing in a punk band with his scuzzy friends. 

by Chrisaphenia Danai Papagrigoriou
April 23, 2017

In order to fully comprehend Christoph Doering’s “3302” as a piece as well as a (oh yeah) narrative movie, we want to get inside this particular cab he drives through Berlin, so let's take a time machine to the early 80’s. 

It’s 1979 in Berlin. The wall is proudly up and the youth proudly scatter in whatever direction they want. If “no future” is actually a point in time, this is it. Not decisively against everyone and everything but rather narcissistically hedonistic...

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by Thomas Michalski
April 23, 2017
Watching an Otis Redding performance is like witnessing a force of nature, as if he’s channeling directly that very powerful, ineffable thing that gives soul music its name. The voice that pours out of him doesn’t describe an emotion, it is an emotion, a raw transference of yearning loneliness or excited passion, whatever the song calls for. It’s so organic, so unfettered, like a man possessed, that it hides another aspect of Redding’s live show, which is that a lot of thought and preparation and work went into it. It’s not contrived by any means, the feeling in he brought to the stage is 100% real, it’s palpable in every breath and every jerky movement, but it took years of consciously honing his craft to be able translate it to an audience in a way that they could understand...
Thomas Michalski is a writer and radio host from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You can keep up with his comings and goings over at http://www.voodooinspector.com/