Hanging with Ellroy
COMEDY BY: Ted Travelstead
Original poster art by Lyndsey Lesh.
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Thu. 4/10/2014 at 8:00 PM
Thursday, January 30th, 2014, 7:30pm
Jerry Stahl presents and signs Happy Mutant Baby Pills and Bad Sex On Speed
Screenwriter and author of the critically acclaimed memoir Permanent Midnight, Jerry Stahl appears at City Lights Bookstore Tuesday for a night of storytelling from Stahl’s sometimes sordidly pockmarked past, a reading from Bad Sex on Speed and his latest novel, Happy Mutant Baby Pills. In Happy Mutant Baby Pills, Stahl, who the New Yorker called “a better-than-Burroughs virtuoso,” takes a darkly humorous look at prescription drug addled America and dares to ask: how weird a baby would it give birth to?
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OG DAD #21: THE HEAD BANG, THE HOLE IN THE WALL, AND THE HAPPY FART
My daughter likes to bang her head off the floor. It makes a point—an especially guilt-tinged one, given that we had to get rid of our carpets due to a mold infestation, so now there’s no cushion between baby cranium and wood. (Does mold infest? Whatever it does, it was too toxic to breathe. I know because the experts who also billed us for the de-infesting told us so. How could be there be any doubt?)
So there’s that. She also falls a lot. Babies do that. You’ve seen it. They walk like tiny drunks. Headbanging is part of the job. N has a blue bruise on her cheek, a knot on her forehead. A new tooth got knocked loose when she walked into a wall, clutching Elmo, whom I blame for distracting her. He won’t shut up. Always asking for hugs, or whining that “it’s too tight,” or just giggling. She cries on impact, then stops—eventually. Or doesn’t cry at all. But when shit’s not going her way, it’s a flat-on-her-back rage convulsion. And who can blame her? Add to the constant bruising the frustration of not being able to communicate. At nineteen months, it’s all needs, torments, and delights. “No” and “Cute!” are her favorite exclamations. (Read More…)
The very interesting and insightful Jerry Stahl stops by the show to talk about being addicted to heroin, the Fatty Arbuckle story and William Randolph Hearst’s role in pushing the scandal, using life experiences for creative works, and what really makes a person positive or negative!