It was a full house Saturday night as L.A.'s literati came out in droves to celebrate the launch of the sophomore issue of Swink Magazine at Venice's Equator Books. No readings, it was strictly a celebration, with fine music, drinks and interesting conversations.
Those in attendance included Jonathan Ames, Strawberry Saroyan, Janelle Brown, Diana Wagman, Vermin on the Mount impresario Jim Ruland, Rachel Resnick as well as Swink contributors and editors including Darcy Cosper, Lisa Glatt, David Hernandez and Dylan Landis. Bret Easton Ellis even made an appearance and - given the fact that We Are Not Fans - we weighed the merits of staging a publicity-drawing mock fistfight in the best Peck/Crouch - Ford/Whitehead tradition ... but he's bigger than we are and, though we're attention hungry, we're not crazy.
The new issue - which we haven't had time to dive into yet - looks promising, with a great roster of contributors including Dan Chaon, Sam Lipsyte and Ben Ehrenreich. (We're not crazy about the inclusion of Neil Labute, whom we loathe even more than Ellis, and whom we probably would punch in the nose given half the chance. But, hey, nobody asked us.)
In addition, coinciding with the release of the print magazine, the new online theme issue - "What We Want" - edited by Darcy Cosper, is now available and includes a sneak preview excerpt of Misfortune by Wesley Stace, and new work by Ginger Strand and Lisa Selin Davis, both of whom have first novels coming out in the coming months, from Simon & Schuster and Little Brown, respectively.