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“Cue Sticks & Chicken Grease” — Crawfords In Filipinotown
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“Cue Sticks & Chicken Grease” — Crawfords In Filipinotown

REVIEWED BY ANNA UREÑA AND NIKOLAI GARCIA

Not quite a dive bar, and not quite a chicken shack, Crawfords sits on Beverly boulevard, with its door wide open, welcoming anybody who walks by. We went in, with no expectations, checking out the place to see what was on the menu. We noticed that were no seats available so then we started heading toward the door when Nikolai spotted some empty tables at the far corner of the bar near the pool table.
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Leaving the USA to a Mexico They’ve Never Known: Stories of Deportation
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Leaving the USA to a Mexico They’ve Never Known: Stories of Deportation

BY MARÍA CRISTINA HALL

For decades, communities of undocumented immigrants have been shrouded in poverty and institutional neglect. Their migratory status—sometimes an imposed condition, as is the case with children brought to the United States—condemns immigrants to a life in the shadows.

In this interview at the University Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico City, deported persons shared what it’s like to have to leave the country, what it’s like to be recruited in a gang, and what it’s like to adapt to Mexico having lived an entire life in the USA. They shared their stories and the stories of their mothers, sisters, and friends back home. Please give it a listen.

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Bruja
BOOK REVIEWS

Bruja

REVIEWED BY AMANDA HILDEBRAND

Following Excavation: A Memoir and Hollywood Notebook, Wendy C. Ortiz’s third experiment in memoir, Bruja, is a similar manifestation of Ortiz’s self-evaluative journeys through the magic and mystery of inner consciousness. When presented with this dumping-ground of a one-time blog project, in which she recorded detailed accounts of her own dreams over months, composed of “threads” of themes and narratives instead of a followable structure, Ortiz and publisher Michael J. Seidlinger termed the book’s genre as “dreamoir.” In Bruja, Ortiz reminds us of the peculiar ways dreams present themselves: as symbols, as images, as reflections, as reminders themselves, each wrapped in an unconscious narrative that makes all dreams seem not only familiar, but connected. Ortiz lets her dreams speak their own surreal, uncertain truths, revealing inner worlds of memory and witchcraft that bound beyond their dream-forms.

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SEX AND DEATH AND BAD TRANSLATIONS
ESSAYS / FILM REVIEWS

SEX AND DEATH AND BAD TRANSLATIONS

BY STEVEN GRAY

There used to be a video rental store in San Francisco which specialized in Japanese films. This was in the 1980s. I wandered in one afternoon, not planning on renting any tapes but curious what they had. In the back was a section for X-rated films. I started reading the titles and descriptions since the translations were so demented. In going from Japanese to English the words passed through a warp which left them scrambled.

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WHO IS LUKA FISHER?
INTERVIEWS / ISSUE 6: WINTER 2017

WHO IS LUKA FISHER?

BY ANNA UREÑA

Luka Fisher has been an unofficial patron of the arts for DRYLAND since its inception in 2015. I don’t know how she heard about us back then but I liked the work she sent us and published her short films and multimedia pieces. After that, we were showcasing photographers, filmmakers, performance artists, and poets like Gina Canavan, Kayla Tange, Matthew Kaundart, Chelsea Bayouth, Leila Jarma, and Mike Leisz—artists who were all tracing back to Luka Fisher. After a non-investigation into who she was (I don’t lurk, I’m oldschool like that), it was clear that this would one day require a meet up.

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