The Murder Ballad (1938) by Poor Dog Group

I went to see a theater performance at REDCAT last night!  Previously, I had seen a performance art and poetry installation at the gallery, but this was my first time inside the cozy theater.

When the doors opened, my boyfriend and I sat down and took in the view: a sterile white stage and nothing else.  The main performer/dancer creeped in slowly from one side.  She was steady and in control of every muscle in her body.  A recording of the Murder Ballad (a song recorded by Jelly Roll Morton for the Library of Congress) started playing.  It told a story of a woman who kills her lover’s mistress in a fit of rage.  As the rolling Southern tune and witty lyrics played in the background, the performer’s body became more fluid, leading up to the shocking release of sexual, angry energy.  In addition to her outstanding talent in modern dance and captivating performance, her piercing eyes left a lasting impression.

At one point, she poured bottles of water in her mouth and over her body.  The floor became wet and slippery but her steadiness remained.  A male performer entered the stage and wavered between masculine and feminine energy.  His rapid footwork on the wet stage in complete darkness left haunting knocks in the minds of the audience.

The entire experience was entertaining and has made me a life-long fan of Poor Dog Group!  I am so pleased that Los Angeles is home to such an avant-garde theater group.  Cheers to their success!

Minimalism as a lifestyle

Los Angeles, get ready for another event by the Minimalists!  My cousin Tina and I saw them speak at The Last Bookstore over a year ago. As we walked into the store, it was packed with people, making it difficult to find an empty spot to stand!  Once Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus started speaking, the audience was captivated.  They discussed their personal journeys and how they embraced minimalism (by eliminating excess belongings and simplifying their lives). It was a meaningful evening which sparked conversation and allowed everyone to express gratitude for what they had. It seems like this year’s event (June 5th) will also include storytelling and a violinist! Hooray!



Last year, we embarked upon an ambitious 100-city tour. If we couldn’t make it to your city, or if you weren’t able to attend one of our events, you’ll be happy to know that, this year, we’re teaming up with some of our friends for another tour: WordTasting Tour 2015. And we’re coming to Los Angeles on June 5.

About the Event

The Minimalists, Asymmetrical Press, and Exile Lifestyle present: WordTasting Tour 2015.
Not just a book reading, not just another event—a meaningful experience. Asymmetrical Press’ team of talented authors is hitting the road in May and June for a WordTasting Tour across the western United States and Canada. From minimalism and travel to storytelling, humor, and live music, this tour provides a taste of something for everyone.
The Minimalists will host and read, accompanied by authors Colin WrightJosh Wagner, and Shawn Mihalik; violinist Skye Steele; and special local guests for an evening of WordTasting: readings, stories, live music, questions, and answers.

Admission to the two-hour event is free. So are the words. Come get a taste of something simple, unique, indie: WordTasting.


Friday, June 5, at 7 PM


The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Click here to RSVP!

Eulogy Virtues

The following op-ed piece by David Brooks (The Moral Bucket List) brought me to tears.  He discusses the importance of morality and emotional intelligence, such as possessing eulogy virtues instead of résumé virtues.  He writes about people who radiate an inner light and make you feel valued, people who have generosity of spirit.  These words immediately reminded me of my brother, Neil, who had difficulty finding a job but was admired by his peers for qualities that are immeasurable, qualities that could never be transcribed on a job résumé.

Neil was an artistic and fun-loving genius who loved to help others but had trouble finding a career path.  I felt sad that I couldn’t help him through tough times because I knew he was hurting inside.  After he unexpectedly passed away, my family realized he was morally superior to most people we knew.  He struggled but never lost his heart of gold.

I used to be a résumé builder, living for the next structured accomplishment.  Now, I am unemployed and discovering new ways of thinking and new ways of coping with failure.  I am in the same shoes that Neil was when he passed away, penniless but surrounded by love.  Neil has inspired me to be more like him, to be humble and resilient with a shield of selflessness.

I am so happy David Brooks wrote this article, to finally commemorate those who really deserve it: the moral few.

In loving memory of Neil Patel.