2121 Books

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Photo by Poni Melange

Photo by Poni Melange

The artists/writers 2121 Books focuses on are those within the Los Angeles DIY community. They're not of cookie cutter design; they aren't traditional; they aren't found on the bestseller shelves because most have been ignored or told their art has no money or stamina. 

The decision to launch 2121 Books was made after I received an upteenth rejection with a note "your writing is good, but there isn't a market for this." 

 

Last Chance for a Slow Dance

Veteran transplants of Los Angeles trade in their rose-colored glasses for a healthy dose of cynicism when they realize Hollywood Boulevard’s glitter is actually broken glass and that diamond is the head of a lighter snapped off. Following your dream means competing against a market of a thousand puppy-eyed hopefuls ready to stab or sabotage their way up the ladder. Finding love comes with serial dating and long-term dating is a relationship lasting two weeks… Until the click happens with another broken artist whose own commitment issues start at hour twelve and end in a non-consenting open relationship. Family in the home city, town, or village still wear the rose-colored glasses, believing your living in the dream in sunny California, so you don’t tell them you’ve replaced your bedroom trash can three times after vomiting from alcohol poisoning or that person you’re dating has cheated on your four times this week or that your job organizing the production of this season’s new hot reality show is too depressing to change anything in your life. 

 
Photo by Poni Melange

Photo by Poni Melange

gossip

Remember that night that boy kissed you, then brushed you off, saying he didn't remember anything? Remember how he remembered a lot more than he says? But would never follow up on it? Remember how you prayed this wouldn't become gossip?

Photo by Poni Melange

Photo by Poni Melange

 
Photo by Poni Melange

Photo by Poni Melange

Cassetterella

Missy carries a mixed tape with her to every show she went to, convinced her husband hunt would end when she found the right person to receive the cassette.

 
 
 

Hippopotamus Turn Red When Emotional

A collection of poems paired with collages capturing the emotions and memories attributed to the words.