At the top of this beautiful blast from the past C.C. Skusa rolls up in his chopped Mercury to transact with SA. Griffin in his '59 Cadillac, the Los Feliz coffee cartel en route to The Onyx Cafe which once ruled at 1802 N. Vermont Ave.! Shot in the mid 1990s many old Onyx regulars are featured in this wonderful film short by Vic Toledo.
Coffee Time as rendered by Carmen McCrae with the Andre Previn Trio. From the soundtrack of The Subterraneans, the film very loosely based on Jack Kerouac's novel.
Picked this beauty up about 20 years ago, one of my truly favorite things. I was in a thrift store here in Los Angeles poking thru the shelves and saw this keeping time on the wall. I asked the guy working there if it was for sale. He said that he didn't think so, but he'd ask his father as it was his clock. I could see them talking to one another as the son pointed my way. He told me that his father was a Cuban immigrant from many years back and wanted to know why a non-Cuban like me would be interested in such a thing. I told him that Bustelo was my favorite bean and that I had been drinking it for many years. Pleased I suppose that it would be going to a real Bustelo coffee drinker, and a businessman at heart, the kind father offered it to me for $40 because the second hand had come off. I was thrilled and thanked him profusely. When I got it home and took a look at the second hand, the fix was easy, it simply needed to be reattached to the clock by screwing it back on. My beautiful Bustelo clock has always kept perfect time. Never missing a beat it remains in the same great condition as it was the day I brought it home and has very little wear, only a few very small paint chips missing here and there, otherwise, it is in absolutely perfect shape. I expect that this wonderful time piece will continue to keep perfect pace with me until I check out and my Bustelo clock goes to the next.
Been searching for information on this beautiful clock for many years, but to no avail. And after countless late night internet searches I have not been able to find one single image. Recently contacted the Bustelo company and even they don't have archival information on it, must be one of the rarest clocks on Earth or planet Bustelo.
As you might be able to see, the piece is white plastic cased in a gold metal frame and is powered by an electric cord, no batteries in this one. The clock appears to be from the late 1950s or early 60s and measures at a little over two feet wide, slightly over a foot high and five and half inches deep.
If anyone out there has any information on the piece, please feel free to let me know. If anyone out there has another, that would be amazing, would love to see a pic of your Cafe Bustelo timepiece!
Cover photo by Henry Mortensen, layout and design by Michele Perez.
After more than three years of work, and almost four years to the day after Scott's passing comes this wonderful new book for and by Scott Wannberg. The Official Language of Yes from Perceval Press is an 8.5"x11" hardbound volume with over 300 pages; a big beautiful book for a big beautiful man chock full of Scott's words, wit, wisdom, spontaneous jazz riffs and full color reproductions of original art.
Back cover. Beautiful words for Scott by Dave Alvin.
This collection includes some previously published work culled from small press anthologies, broadsides, periodicals and chapbooks with small runs; many rare and years out of print. However, by no means is this a best of or collected as close 90 per cent has never been seen in print. The Official Language of Yes is a true labor of love on the part of all involved. Edited by S.A. Griffin, the book includes a prologue by Viggo Mortensen and introduction by Henry Mortensen. Unbelievably priced at $25, this baby is the poetry deal of a lifetime!
I am deeply honored to be running with some incredibly esteemed company in this anthology. Cover is letter pressed in two colors, printed and bound by Bill Roberts especially for Milk. Limited to an edition of 250 copies; 54 pages, 8x10, 200 paperback ($12) and 50 hardcovers ($40) these babies are stuffed cover to cover with some of the biggest names in the poetry biz and are guaranteed to become collector's items.
Dig this crazy line-up:
Alexander Adams, Margaret Atwood, Amiri Baraka, Marvin Bell, Rick Benjamin, Robert Bly, George Bowering, Charles Bukowski, Billy Childish, Sandra Cisneros, Andrei Codrescu, Billy Collins, Norman Dubie, Stephen Dunn, Martin Espada, Edward Field, S.A. Griffin, Donald Hall, Jack Hirschman, Erica Jong, Ted Kooser, Ronald Koertge, Joanne Kyger, Micahel Lally, Ursula Le Guin, Philip Levine, Gerald Locklin, Michael McClure, David Meltzer, William Mohr, Andrew Motion, Carol Muske-Dukes, Joyce Carol Oates, David Ossman, Alicia Ostriker, Rochelle Owens, Robert Pinsky, Doren Robbins, Kay Ryan, Gary Soto, Anne Stevenson, Robert Sward, James Tate, Natasha Trethewey, Fred Wah, Diane Wakoski, Charles Webb, Ruth Weiss and C. D. Wright.
New from Rose of Sharon Press, Natural Geographics by Michael Lane Bruner. Photo by Bill Roberts.
No pics of the softcover yet, will get them up soon. Hand made and printed by Bill Roberts each hard bound edition have endpapers front and back taken from old National Geographic magazines. A very limited run of 100 softbound and 10 unique hardbound editions. Sorry to say there are only 4 hardbound copies available.
A founding member of The Lost Tribe and The Carma Bums, Mike is a full professor of rhetoric and communication theory at Georgia State University. Devoting his time to his academic career lo, these many years, this volume represents his first published collection of verse. About damn time! The Professor and I have been hitting trails on and off the road for over 30 years and it was a true joy and privilege to work with Mike as editor, publisher and friend. A really beautiful book inside and out.
You can get a copy directly from the author:
Michael Lane Bruner
POB 1215 Tucker, GA 30085
Only 4 of 10 hard copies still available. Photo by Bill Roberts.
intro by Village Voice art critic and Pop Surf Culture author Brian Chidester.
S.A. Griffin's words shoot across the page, piercing readers directly through the heart and brain. His writing is the literary version of a Jackson Pollack painting, only instead of paint, S.A.'s work is made of blood, sweat and tears. Sardonic and sharp, forlorn and joyous, he writes like an angel-eyed demon with wings made of vintage onionskin typing paper. His work- hell, his life- is informed by the Beats and their aesthetic, but he veers off into dangerous, previously uncharted territory. This book is S.A.'s own post-modern literary reality show, full of phrases that are as open to interpretation as they are an accurate assessment of the human condition. He is a genius... read him. – Pleasant Gehman, author of "Showgirl Confidential"
Twenty years ago an ex-friend who died in 2013 told me how much he loved S.A.'s latest book at the time, I reread it and it was great, I went home and reread his other books they were great. I am very pleased with S.A.'s new book and will treasure it too and reread it again and again, whether it is the Silver Surfer in Hollywood, Movie Queens at Schwab's or bug infested angels, S.A.'s world speaks to me.– Thomas R. Peters, Jr., owner of beat book shop, author of "100 missed train stations" and "certain birds"
For S.A. Griffin, poetry, art, life, love... it's all about the journey. This latest collection offers a rare glimpse into the unpaved highways of the heart, only stopping to top off the tank and wave to the angels littering the skyline of Heaven or Los Angeles. His poems are often a protest, a call and response, a love letter to a broken home long boarded up, they are points on a map in a story that is still being written, they wear their hearts on their sleeves, rolled up to expose the veins our shared history, parts of a whole, that together-- become everything.– John Dorsey, author of "Sodomy is a City in New Jersey"
S.A. Griffin's Dreams Gone Mad With Hope is beautiful, painful, joyous and absolutely riveting. This very personal collection delves into loss, memory, Los Angeles, America, world and love with a ferocity that is incredible, remarkable, honest and profound. Deeply touching and thoroughly entwined in what the word human means. The musicality and depth of his imagery are reflective of someone with keen perception and an exquisite heart. – Ellyn Maybe, Poet/Musician
s.a. griffin is the man who detonates the poetry bomb. a poet who's been laying it down true for years. he swings hard off the head making music that jumps. – mark hartenbach, author of "bring me the head of marko x"