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January 2013 in Black Lamb

Volume 11, Number 1 — January 2013

January 1st, 2013

The Tenth Anniversary Issue

In our gala Tenth Anniversary Issue, editor Terry Ross reflects on the vicissitudes (and rewards) of independent publishing. In The Comeback Kid Dean Suess begins a new year putting a life together after ten years of imprisonment. Ed Goldberg muses on the number ten in X marks the spot. In When I was ten, Elizabeth Fournier remembers childhood on the edge of adolescence. Michele Gendelman excoriates a nasty Sherman Oaks neighbor in Those damned ’copters! In Monday morning passing Babylon Lorentz Lossius describes walking to work in Melbourne. Toby Tompkins takes a look back in Black Lamb at ten. In The BoonyCat Rod Ferrandino announces an audacious plan for semi-retirement. John M. Daniel recalls a major change that happened as Black Lamb was being reborn in Relocation. In Flaming idiots, Elizabeth Hart describes a youthful adventure. Karla Kruggel Powell has a hard look at U.S. economics in Gaining ground in hard times. In Anniversary gift, Dan Peterson remembers a notable old-age romp.

In an expanded Books & Authors section, Joseph James Batty sings a song of publishing in Hack’s lament. In Late bloomers, David Maclaine points out how many prominent authors of historical fiction started in middle-age or later. M.A. Orthofer salutes Roberto Bolaño’s last novel in Master at work. In A voice of New York, Brad Bigelow offers a portrait of the prolific Louis Auchincloss. Devon Shepherd reviews Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 in The rabbit hole. Owen Alexander eulogizes prominent writers who’ve died since Black Lamb began publication in 2003. And three more figures from the world of literature enter our pantheon of Honorary Black Lambs and The Ultimate Literary Calendar: poetry immortal Lord Byron, English novelist Stella Gibbons, and Irish novelist J.G. Farrell.

Bridge columnist Trixie Barkis comes up with ten tricks. Our monthly recipe is for Lamb and Red Pepper Casserole. Advice columnist Millicent Marshall answers more readers’ questions. And Professor Avram Khan gives us another challenging Black Lamb Word Puzzle.

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Those damned choppers!

January 1st, 2013


From 2003 through 2005 I inflicted a humor column upon this publication, in which, among other topics, I recounted many of my experiences and exploits as a showbiz comedy writer. I called it “Mulholland Jive.”

The house in which my fellow-comedy-scribe husband and I have resided for the last twenty-six years sits approximately half-a-mile north of Mulholland Drive. The hills leading up to it literally begin their ascent in my back yard and continue through several small canyons to Mulholland, which follows the crest of the low mountain range separating the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles from the Big City proper. Where I live is a neighborhood called Sherman Oaks. (The oaks, we’ve seen; we have yet to learn whence Sherman.)

Friends and relatives from other parts of the country continually ask me which film and TV stars live in my neighborhood. When they visit, they eagerly accompany me to the local mall and grocery stores, hoping for a glimpse of a celebrity. Truth be told, it was rather fun, living in a faubourg full of “I’ve seen that guy a million times!” character actors and bona fide stars (“Oh my God, is that Annette Bening squeezing avocados in the produce department?!”).

Until last year.

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