Charles Burns / Gary Panter collab poster

posted by kramer at 4:08 PM

Tomorrow night la

posted by NATE at 7:47 PM

Cinefamily C.F. Style

I was remiss in not posting this fantastic C.F. cover for the February/March issue of the Cinefamily Program when it was printed 6 weeks ago. Better late than never, I guess. Liquid Sky completists take note.

posted by sammy at 2:52 PM

Thanks Bryan Derballa for the photos

posted by kramer at 5:35 PM

Family outpost in Thirty Days Project

We are happy to announce our month-long NYC popup space that'll run April 8 – May 7. It's a component within the project called Thirty Days NY with Absolut Vodka and TBWA/Chiat/Day. We are working on a 4200 sq foot Tribeca storefront where we’ll be hosting a Family Bookstore, an ‘artists in conversation’ series, live bands, performances, author readings, an art exhibition, and art project space. The interior is designed by Ben Jones. All events are free and open to the public.

70 Franklin Street (between Church & Broadway)
New York, NY 10013
April 8 - May 7

We are fixing this old place up now...

Artists In Residency:

Meryl Smith
April 8 – May 7

Aska Matsumiya
April 8 – April 17

Mathew Thurber
April 21 – 24

Sumi Ink Club
May 4 – 7

We'll be letting everyone know the final lineup tomorrow (hopefully)!

EVENTS - All begin 7pm - More to come!

April 8 – Opening party. King Kong exhibition opening.
Live sets by
Eric Copeland (Black Dice)
Brian Degraw (Gang Gang Dance)
Aska (The Sads)
Accompanied by psychedelic light show by Joshua White and Gary Panter

April 10 - Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore perform live as
Mirror/Dash. Signing of the brand new Sonic Youth art book SENSATIONAL FIX, and KIM GORDON: THE NOISE PAINTINGS.

April 11 – Comedy by Fred Armison + Andrew Jeffrey Wright

April 12 – Aaron Rose presents rare and unseen short films and VHS tapes

April 13 – Author Readings by A.M. Homes, Hugh Nissenson, and Sean Wilsey

April 18 – Flicker - Films on a Screen
Short, unseen 8mm films presented by Lance Bangs

April 20 – Albert Maysles in discussion with Peter Sutherland

April 24 – Lee Ranaldo & Alan Licht perform Text of Light

April 25 – Tim Barber's Mystery Night

April 27 – Charles Willeford symposium: Lawrence Block, Jesse Pearson, Dan Nadel, and Sammy Harkham. Launch of brand new re-issue of Willeford’s I Was Looking for a Street, co-published by Family and Picturebox

April 29 – Patrick Smith premiers new animated artwork

May 5 – Art Spiegelman in conversation with Ken Jacobs

May 6 – Performance and screening by Shana Moulton, followed by performance by Lucky Dragons

More info coming...

posted by kramer at 2:44 PM

I Was Looking for a Street.

I am proud to announce the debut publishing effort from Family, done with our good friends at PictureBox Inc, an incredible book from one of our all time favorite writers, Charles Willeford. Press release below.

I Was Looking for a Street by Charles Willeford
Introduction by Luc Sante

Willeford's spare, laconic, unflinching memoir is one of his essential books --
one of the essential books in the American vernacular, let's say."
–Jonathan Lethem

I'm proud to say I knew the man who wrote this book. It is pure writing,
never pretentious or forced, never melodramatic, but honest storytelling of
the highest order. This is how to do it, if anyone wants to know: how to
write simple prose from a young boy's point of view and hold the reader
spellbound. – Elmore Leonard

PictureBox and Family are pleased to announce the release of Charles Willeford’s I Was
Looking for a Street. This memoir tells the story of the author's childhood and
adolescence as an orphan, as he moves from railroad yards to hobo tent cities, to soup
kitchens and deserts around Los Angeles and across the United States. The ensuing tale is
at once a picaresque adventure through Depression-era America and a portrait of the
writer as a young man of seemingly little promise but great spirit. Written late in
Willeford’s career, this book is the work of a writer at the height of his powers, looking
back without nostalgia or regret, and preserving in his clear and powerful prose the great
American adventure of his youth.
A former professional boxer, actor, horse trainer and radio announcer, Charles Willeford
(1919–1988) is best known for his Miami-based crime novels featuring hardboiled
detective Hoke Moseley, including Miami Blues and Sideswipe. His career as a writer
began in the late 1940s, but it was his 1972 novel Cockfighter (later adapted for the
screen by Monte Hellman) that announced his name to a wider audience. His other books
include The Burnt Orange Heresy, Pick-Up, and Something About a Soldier.
I Was Looking for a Street is the first in a series of PictureBox / Family reissues of the
work of Willeford.
PictureBox / Family
Paperback, 168 pages, $15.95

Available May 1, 2010

And look out for an excerpt of I was Looking for a Street in the April issue of Vice Magazine.

posted by sammy at 12:46 PM

Supergroup Jam

No Age, Mike Watt & Tim Kerr jam from Steven Andrew Garcia on Vimeo.

posted by kramer at 6:15 PM


Please join us Sunday, March 14 at 7pm for a live in-store performance from Sydney, Australia's SONGS!
Other band TBA! Free!

posted by NATE at 1:03 PM

kyle field-infomercial director!

Mollusk Minutes from Mollusk on Vimeo.

Kyle Field for Mollusk

posted by sammy at 1:31 PM

New Window Installation Party!

Parceval by Will Lemon
With a performance by Pharaohs!

posted by kramer at 6:03 PM

Reporting at Wit's End

New York Times just ran this piece on St. Clair Mckelway, ex-New Yorker managing editor and 'non-fiction choreographer' from the 30s to the 60s...

"In the annals of injustice, as The New Yorker might phrase it, the obscurity into which St. Clair McKelway has fallen amounts to a literary crime. His writing for the magazine rivaled that of his far better-remembered colleagues, Joseph Mitchell and A. J. Liebling, both of whose careers he was instrumental in promoting. From 1936 to 1939, he served as The New Yorker’s managing editor in charge of fact (as opposed to fiction) pieces. During those crucial years he played a major role in solidifying the magazine’s non fiction style — “the choreography,” as Ben Yagoda describes it in “About Town,” his history of The New Yorker, “of the extraordinary number of facts the writer had collected.” Today he’s all but forgotten."

The rest right here

posted by kramer at 1:14 PM

Window in progress

Almost there...

posted by NATE at 5:29 PM

'The Seconds Pass'

I went to Ed Templeton's show at Roberts and Tilton yesterday and it's really great and life affirming, i just happened to choose some angsty shots.

Then I went home and watched Heat. Great movie!

And this guy:

posted by kramer at 3:28 AM