ARTHUR BEST OF 2007 LISTS No. 19: Eden Batki

Eden Batki’s Top List for 2007

1. quinoa, growing it and harvesting my first half of a handful from five plants.

2. amaranth, discovering it and eating it. smaller, shinier and crunchier than quinoa.

3. pigweed, relative to quinoa, identifying it in the cracks of the concrete in los angeles and other cities.

4. purslane, highest level of omega-3’s in a plant, grows wild in bad dirt.

5. ashland mines‘ mix c.d., he deejays at moustache mondays in los angeles.

6. edie fake’s zine “unisex”

7. dewayne slightweight’s beautiful large zine ” i want to know the habits of other girls”

8. parkour

9. yampah vapor steam caves, glenwood springs, colorado

10. morro de sao paolo island off of salvador, brazil. there are no cars allowed.

11. sichuan hot pot

12. timbaland, “timbaland presents shock value”

13. electrelane, “no shouts, no calls”

14. jeff burton’s “the other place”

Eden Batki is a great photographer, a sparkling human being and a regular contributor to Arthur. Her work has appeared on the covers of Arthur Nos. 22 (Growing), 23 (Brightblack Morning Light), 24 (Ethan Miller of Comets on Fire and Howlin Rain) and 25 (Joanna Newsom). Plus she photographed Yoko Ono for Arthur No. 26 and Tim Dundon for No. 27. Ridiculous!

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = 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.

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