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Jim Ruland
An Irreverent Reading Series in the Heart of Chinatown
Interests: Corpses, sewage, miscellaneous filth.
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Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Big Lonesome
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Come celebrate the release of Black Cloud by Juliet Escoria from Civil Coping Mechanisms. I'll be reading at Nunzi's Cafe in San Diego with Ana Carrete, Hanna Tawater, Keither McCleary, Theron Jacobs and, of course, Juliet Escoria. Come and get... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Big Lonesome
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Giving the Finger gets a brief mention in today’s Seattle Times. "Campbell, a Bering Sea fishing-vessel captain who is center stage during the popular “The Deadliest Catch,” TV program, recounts some of the issues not seen on television." Read more… Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Big Lonesome
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Three recent novels by Stephen Graham Jones, Attica Locke and Michael Farris Smith through the lens of Repo Man and True Detective: There's a scene in Repo Man where a car-lot attendant explains to a young repo man how the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Big Lonesome
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I sat down with T.C. Porter at San Diego Writers, Ink to talk about the art and craft of memoir writing. We discuss interview stratgeies, book proposal development and the unspeakable horror of the literary life. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Big Lonesome
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One of the strangest things that happened to me last year was a bout of vertigo that literally knocked me on my ass while I was in Walla Walla, Washington interviewing Scott Campbell, Jr. for our book, Giving the Finger.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Big Lonesome
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Stradal: What was the weirdest thing you did in service of capturing this story? Ruland: The seven hours I spent at a karaoke bar in the Aleutian Islands were pretty strange, but the weirdest thing that happened was coming down with vertigo while I was up in Walla Walla, Washington. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Big Lonesome
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Before he was a star on Deadliest Catch, Scott Campbell Jr. had a rocky childhood and an even more treacherous path to becoming the captain of his own vessel. He tells his story in Giving the Finger: Risking It All... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Big Lonesome
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Two new short story collections by a pair of San Diego writers. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Big Lonesome
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I bought some books at the table shared by Magic Helicopter and Publishing Genius. I happened to be there when both Mike Young and Adam Robinson were there and so I was saying my hellos while selecting books in a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Big Lonesome
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In the tradition of Letters to Wendy's, poet Lauren Ireland composed a series of short letters to Lil' Wayne while he was in incarcerated in 2010. Razor sharp and funny as hell, Ireland's aphoristic missives are barbed with surprises: "Spirit... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Big Lonesome
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I took this photo of the pot yards during my trip to Dutch Harbor last year. Each crab pot is eight feet tall, weighs about 800 pounds and when fully rigged costs about $2,000. When the pots are not being... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Big Lonesome
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There's been a ton of great writing about True Detective and its influenes in the weeks leading up to it finale on Sunday night. Here's a closer look at the ur text of True Detective source material, Robert Chambers's The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2014 at Big Lonesome
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I just got back from AWP14 in Seattle, and I brought home a ton of interesting books, journals, chapbooks and things in between: from perfect bound books from emerging presses to hand-made zines. I'm going to try to writer about... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Big Lonesome
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The latest issue of Razorcake is here! #78 has a great profile of the band that put out my favorite record of 2013, Donna Ramone’s punk guide to silent films, plus columns, comics and book, zine and record reviews by... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Big Lonesome
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We'll be giving away a limited quantity of these ferociously cool t-shirts at the Razorcake table at AWP in Seattle. Free with a six-issue subscription to America's only nonprofit indie music zine. Come by O21 and get yours early because... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at Big Lonesome
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On Monday, February 24, 2014, Australian author J.S. Breakelaar will be launching her debut novel American Monster, "a deeply original apocalyptic novel" from Lazy Fascist Press at Stories Books and Cafe. I'll be reading with Ben Loory, Cecil Castellucci, John... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Big Lonesome
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I was interviewed by Heather Fowler at Fictionaut last month for the Writers on Craft series. Heather is a good friend, a member of the Legion of Vermin and we've been reading each other's work for years. You would think... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Big Lonesome
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In celebration of Bill Burroughs' birthday month I wrote a pair of reviews about the drug-loving author of Naked Lunch. First I tackled Barry Miles' new biography, Call Me Burroughs, a fascinating examination of all phases of the author's life.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Big Lonesome
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Portrait of the author in 1988, shortly after I got out of the Navy. I've got a new essay up at Granta that goes with the theme for their new issue: Do you remember? Teenage Wastelands is about going to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at Big Lonesome
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My first reviews of 2014 for The Floating Library at San Diego CityBeat have been on the somber side. 2013 ended with several deaths in the family: my uncle, my wife's paternal grandfather and my brother-in-law's grandmother all passed away.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at Big Lonesome
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2013 was a pretty good year for new music. If you've seen my list in years past, you know that my taste skews heavily toward punk rock. Sometimes a pop record will slip in there thanks to the influence of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at Big Lonesome
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In the summer of 2012 I took a class with LA artist Kiyoshi Nakazawa to learn the art and craft of making comics. For my class project, I thought I'd adapt one of my short stories. After blocking it out,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2013 at Big Lonesome
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This year, I read 56 books – virtually the same number of books I read last year. 28 of the books were by women, 28 by men. This disposition is a vast improvement over years past and it wasn’t by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at Big Lonesome