Arthur presents TONIGHT at Family in L.A.- FREE – readings by Douglas Messerli and Pete Relic


Thursday February 7, 2008
Family Bookstore
436 N. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036
Arthur Magazine Presents
Acclaimed Poet and Essayist Douglas Messerli
reading with
Poet and Rap Scholar Peter Relic

Douglas Messerli is the founder, operator and editor of Green Integer Books (, a truly awesome independent publishing company that keeps in print early novels by Knut Hamsun, poetry by Ko Un, and assorted notable writings that “may appear necessary to bring society into a slight tremolo of confusion and fright at least.” Which is not to say that joy and humor are not also part of his agenda. Messerli will be reading for the first time from his cultural memoir, My Year.

Peter Relic is an Arthur Magazine contributing editor. Tonight he will be conducting a dramatic reenactment of what happened inside the smoky and underlit boxing ring of the Cleveland Armory one winter night in 1956.

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of 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 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 one of five Angelenos 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. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in with Stephanie Smith.

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