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April 29 might be a good day to be in Los Angeles.  The literary magazine Black Clock is hosting a reading for issue number 15, which is dedicated to “movies never seen and barely imagined.”  Contributors Anthony Miller, Mark Z. Danielewski, Jonathan Lethem, Claire Phillips, Geoff Nicholson and Matthew Specktor are scheduled to join novelist and Black Clock Editor Steve Erickson to read from their work.

Black Clock is published by the California Institute of the Arts’ (CalArts) MFA Writing Program.  Here’s a snippet from their press release:   

Black Clock 15 features Geoff Nicholson’s meeting of two film pioneers in “Buster Keaton: The Warhol Years,” David Thomson’s journey up the Amazon with Warren Beatty, and Anthony Miller’s history of the cinema — from D.W. Griffith’s adaptation of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises (presenting Louise Brooks as Lady Brett) to Don Siegel’s ‘60s cult B-movie Bonnie and Clyde with Tuesday Weld and Clint Eastwood, to the 2010 Academy Award-winning portrayal by Chris Farley of silent comedic actor Fatty Arbuckle in Milos Forman’s The Life of the Party The issue also stars Jonathan Lethem, Lynne Tillman, Rick Moody, Claire Phillips, Michael Ventura, Emily White, Mark. Z. Danielewski and a cast of tens.

The reading will take place at the wonderfully named Mandrake Bar on Sunday, April 29th at 2:00 PM.  2692 S La Cienega Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90034 (between Venice and Washington Boulevards). Admission is free, but the press release mentions that you must be 21 years old to attend – presumably because of the bar, not the literary content.

You can see a complete contents list for the issue at the website.

By the way, Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves (2000), a novel about a photographer who moves into a house that seems to have different inner dimensions than outer ones, includes complex typographical gymnastics and a couple of embedded photographs.

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