Monday, February 28, 2011

ISSUE V on sale now!

Just a reminder, LSLR #5 is currently on sale. Featuring full color images from outstanding local artists. Inside the journal, you'll find a stories of innocence lost, cinematic chicanery, surreal encounters with strangers. Also featuring fantastic local poetry, a personal culinary guide to the neighborhood and an uncomfortably intimate recipe for brownies. And that's not all!

You can pick it up at any of the fine local retailers listed to right of this page as well as through us directly (inquiries to


Thursday, February 24, 2011


For today, imagine that reincarnation is very real. Also, imagine we live in a futuristic society in which time travel is possible.

Through a combination of experimental miscalculation and scheduling error, you find yourself in a small, windowless conference room with your five most recent selves. Each self was born the day that the previous incarnation died. You clearly have much to discuss. All of you are informed of this connection prior to entering the room.

The fifteen minute (the technology has yet to be perfected) group exchange culminates in a group hug.

Your job is to transcribe the conversation as best you can.

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Saturday, February 19, 2011


Hey everybody,

Just a reminder that this coming
Tuesday (Feb. 22) we'll be holding our Reception for Issue V at Cole's Bar (2338 N. Milwaukee) from 7-10PM. Come out and commiserate with an impressive collection of writers and artists who contributed to making this our best issue thus far. Check out the latest issue and unwind with an assembly of talented and enthusiastic supporters of community-based publishing!

.... and added to this, a bit of fun and unexpected news: We will be sharing Cole's that evening with 35th Ward Alderman Rey Colon's Election Day Party that night. We wish Ald. Colon the best and encourage all Chicagoans to take part in the future of our city and VOTE.

Friday, February 11, 2011


For today, imagine you've won an AVN award for "Best Gonzo Release". Your career began as a performer, but you've recently completed a string of increasingly ambitious films as director. You are 32 years old.

Write your acceptance speech in iambic pentameter. Don't leave any of your crew members out of your statement. Make sure it's from the heart, and announce at the end you are going to retire from the industry to join the military.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011


For today, imagine the emotional pull of a significant event in your life. Forget about the words and the images. Instead, focus on the inner sensations. Run through the event a few times in your mind.

Now, commit the event to paper using an idiosyncratic asemic writing style. This entails your approximating the general form of letters and words as you write, but the whole piece should be illegible in any language.

For example:

Send the result to: