PARIS LA 2



Edition

Issue 2
French & English
Summer 2009
88 pages in color



Editor’s Letter

At the beginning of the year I spent some time in LA, surrounded by my friends and family, blissful lovers who filled me with inspiration to keep following the adventure of PARISLA. It was like a journey, an encounter, a lead-off taking place in an unfamiliar space. Being a newcomer was an energizing experience. The gigantic scale wasn’t frightening at all, it was actually reassuring — finally I could get lost. The way I look at the land, the way I fantasize about the land. How I act with new faces. This time ended up being an absolute and an authentic warm welcome.

I could say the issue is all about THE INTIMATE because when I look at the unconscious mood that emanates from most of the stories, I understand perfectly well the sensuous emotions that guide each all and of the contributors. On a trip to Death Valley, I imagined the incredible cinematic vision of a landscape mixed with Rodarte’s organic collections as a natural symbiosis, a scene from Zabriskie Point, shot at Zabriskie Point. The ingenious Todd Cole made the reverie come true with its own feeling. This issue’s poster, a collaboration between close friends Gardar Eide Einarsson and Oscar Tuazon, interposes the spokesman of the revolutionary Young Patriots organization with a vintage whiskey advertisement, celebrating the luxury of rebellion. Confidential friendship and cowboys. Even if a rodeo might be the last place to expect a quiet intimacy, Josh McNey captures the easy closeness between men, and his vision can’t be described as anything but pure love. And if love makes its own world, Hedi Slimane’s stark black and white vision of LA distills the vast spaces of the city down to their essence, giving a personal portrait of the city he’s now embracing. The hidden city is all around us: Anh Do lived upstairs from her neighbor John Tottenham before they ever really met, evidence of the implicit relationships that exist between strangers.

Over the course of my time in LA, I read Not Me by Eileen Myles, and it made me fall in love
with her writing; the singular tone of her voice totally blows my mind. On my way back to Paris
I discovered another amazing poetry collection, The Cow, by the young and ferocious Ariana Reines. Their conversation, two poets speaking openly to one another, is pure and real. Those two breathtaking women happened to meet only recently in real life, but that didn’t keep their recorded phone call from expressing a sensitive acuity full of respect and affection for one another.

Finally I was back to Paris with spring on its way. What I’ve discovered and I hope you will feel through this second issue of PARISLA, is that the intimate is not necessarily exclusive. It’s even the contrary. It’s just a way to live a life, to feel alive in a world that will never slow down. Out of necessity, because as human beings we simply move as fast as our hearts beat.

Dorothée Perret
Thursday 4 June 2009, Paris

 

Contents
SILKSCREEN POSTER YOUNG PATRIOTS
By Gardar Eide Einarsson and Oscar Tuazon

LIKE SOARING IN THE SKY
Rodarte retrospective by Todd Cole

STOP BREATHING
Drawings by Cédric Rivrain

UNINTERRUPTED VARIATION
Fashion story by Johan Sandberg

THE POET UPSTAIRS
Epistolary correspondence between Anh Do and her beloved neighbor John Tottenham

SPEED AND POLITICS
Unflinching Eileen Myles and the rude Ariana Reines converse on the phone over three days about poems in general, and speed in particular

BLAST OF SILENCE
An essay on noisy LA by Hedi Slimane accompanied by an interview

AND BY WE I MEAN YOU
Cowboys and nudes by Josh McNey

LUCKY STAR
French folk singer-songwriter Lisa Li Lund composes her music with a four-leaf clover

THE B SUITE
Krazy Baldhead’s new album is the crown jewel of the Ed Banger label