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Sports is War Without Death

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Sports is War Without Death

Game Called by darkness—let the curtain fall.
No more remembered thunder sweeps the field.
No more the ancient echoes hear the call
To one who wore so well both sword and shield:
The Big Guy’s left us with the night to face
And there is no one who can take his place.
just ask Cal Ripken, Jr., John Stockton,
Billie Jean King, Nancy Lieberman,
Emmitt Smith, Ron Jaworski, Pete Rose,
Morten Andersen, and Tim Brown.

Nancy Lieberman: [The most difficult moment in my sports career was] playing for the L.A. Lakers in 1980 for Pat Riley in the Southern California Summer League. I was outmatched every day in practice and every game. Staying healthy—realizing your body takes a toll with the pounding, icing after practices and games, seeing the trainer, getting sleep and eating right […]

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All Work And No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy

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All Work And No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy

Photographed by Yoshino

Photographer: Yoshino at YoshinoPhoto.com. Stylist: Juliet Vo at Julietvo.com. Model: Nils Butler for TwoManagement.com, Los Angeles. Hair: Derek Yuen. Makeup: Jeffrey Baum for ateliermanagement.com. Producer: Adam Browne at SixWolves.com. Casting: SixWolves.com. Photography Assistant: Evan Duning.

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marilyn manson

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marilyn manson

One Day, You’ll Be Up For A Promotion, And The Entertainer Will Likely Deny It

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to your new post. You’ll be sat in row 17, column 24, next to rock star Marilyn Manson. Please note that your cuticles are to be kept clean, your trousers starched, and your fear of the criminally savory upheld. After clocking in, you’ll assess the surroundings and determine whom you’re to […]

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You Weren’t Invited, But Pull Up A Chair

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You Weren’t Invited, But Pull Up A Chair

Photographed by Stefano Galli, Jenny Hueston, and Jim Turner

THE BURNING PALMS Written by David L. Ulin When I think about the palm trees of Los Angeles, I imagine them in flames. This goes back to the 1992 riots, when, as I recollect, palms alongside the 10 near downtown were set alight like giant torches in the evening sky. The image is embedded in my mind’s eye:
 A particular L.A. icon […]

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Effects of Grind Column

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Effects of Grind Column

My Career Aptitude Test Told Me To Give Up

Carpal Tunnel I am Martha’s carpal tunnel. Nine flexor tendons and the median nerve pass through me, connecting the wrist to the forearm. I am narrow, but essential to the movement of Martha’s hand. If any of my tendons swell or degenerate, I narrow further, constricting Martha’s median nerve. This event is commonly referred to as “carpal tunnel syndrome,” although […]

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Vince Staples

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Vince Staples

Spreading an Idea is Hard Work

I’m in the lobby of the newly opened Line Hotel in Koreatown, roving through problematic furniture to find a place to sit and interview rapper Vince Staples. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow splayed light into the space, bouncing off the wooden indigo couches. I make my way up the stairs—the second floor breezeway is quiet, and it contains seating: a 24-odd-foot planked […]

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Nick Jonas

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Nick Jonas

Like a Bull in a Chin Shop

I’m ten seconds away from asking Nick Jonas if he wants people to have sex to his music. Suddenly, he tells me that he wants people to have sex to his music. “I think it’s amazing! It’s great,” he says, referring to the possibility of this sex. “It’s two beautiful things colliding.” It’s good that we’re on the same page. […]

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WHEN I READ ABOUT THE EVILS OF DRINKING, I GAVE UP READING

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WHEN I READ ABOUT THE EVILS OF DRINKING, I GAVE UP READING

We handpicked ten Lit-Crawl L.A. readings so you didn't have to

Remember books? Handwritten or printed works of fiction or nonfiction, usually on sheets of paper fastened or bound together within covers? We don’t either, but they were a thing that existed once, and people used to read them. Join us at Kahuna Tiki in NoHo this Wednesday, October 22nd, as we join forces with the Los Angeles Review of Books […]

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Robotripping: Athens, Georgia

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Robotripping: Athens, Georgia

Here we are...

Through the eyes of an inhabitant. From Sunrise to Sunset in the bosom of the South, Normaltown, Athens, Georgia.    Photographer: Nicole Akstein at nicoleakstein.com.

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