ARTHUR BEST OF 2007 LISTS No. 9: Stacy Kranitz

Notable moments from 2007
by Stacy Kranitz

A small victory for justice, when in September an appeals court threw out
the all white jury conviction of Mychal Bell, 17 in Jena, Louisiana.

The death of an ancient blood sport. Louisiana State legislature passed a
law this summer that will make cockfighting illegal at the end of the 2008
season. This is the last state where the sport that used to be fought on the
lawn of the White House is still legal. By the end of 2008 there will be no
legal cockfighting anywhere in the United States.

Listening to the Arson Anthem EP

Listening to Lil Wayne, Da Drought 3

Listening to Wolves In the Throne Room, Two Hunters

Listening to Kevin Nutt’s weekly gospel radio show, Sinners Crossroad

Watching R. Kelly, Trapped in the Closet Ch. 1-22

Watching Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn

Reading LENI: The Life and Work of Leni Riefenstahl by Steven Bach

Reading Atchafalaya Houseboat by Gwen Roland

Photojournalist Stacy Kranitz photographed Celebration for Arthur No. 27. Her photo essay on contemporary extreme Scandinavian metal musicians way back in Arthur No. 16 is still talked about. She is at work on two new features for Arthur about… well, that would be telling.


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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2022: I publish a weeklyish email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca., where I practiced with Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison and was involved in various pro-ecology and social justice activist activities.

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