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volume 1 . february 14, 2010


“Leaf” by Wendy McCauley • West Hollywood

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .“Love is a Fish Declared” by Adam Tillman-Young . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .“Desperation” by Vanessa L. Garcia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .“S/he Said” by Perolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .“Lying to Your Wolf” by Chrissy Done . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Photo journal by Jedediah Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .“#7” by Noni Lamar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .“The Goldfish” by J. Ryan Stradal . . . “Lessons in Love with Sinnamon Love” by Merc80 and Sky Kandyba . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Photo by Donald Norris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .”First” by Wendy McCauley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .“Saving It Again” by Amanda Contreras . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .“The Wages of Love” by Sandra Bell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ”Love Paintings” by Autumn Rooney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .“Chinese Cups” by Tommy Fontaine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .“Love Recipes” by Justin Somoso Salvador . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .“The Light from Other Days” by Sophie Stills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .“The Smell of Slow Death” by Steven Fleet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Artwork by Eros M Vision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .”Estella” by John Schafer

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©2010 AMOR FATI Dear Reader,

You now hold in your hands the inaugural issue of Amor Fati. Can you feel it? This slim volume is the product of twenty-one contributors, six editors, one designer, and a hell of a lot of cigarettes. What started off as a bootleg photocopy of our diary entries, evolved into this handsomely framed literary magazine. The content has matured, but our initial vision remains: Los Angeles writers and artists unified to make their voices heard… not in the blogosphere… nor brought to you by Conglometron Inc. For your visceral pleasure, Amor Fati is strictly printed, not virtually posted. In the editing process, we were fortunate in our ability to be selective; hundreds of submissions came in over just a few months. Not a single one was passed over. If you took the time to write it, we took the time to read it (perhaps with the exception of the submitted Sanskrit translation of War and Peace).

We can’t say that we were surprised to find that this huge city is overflowing with talent. But it does confirm what our small group, and millions of residents, have known for years: In the world of art and literature, Los Angeles isn’t New York City, or London or Paris or Moscow, and it doesn’t aim to be. L.A. is in a class all its own with an innovative and powerful voice. And damn it, we will be heard. Heartfully, Ed Itors

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Wilson Bethel

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©2010 AMOR FATI looking at me, as if to say, “Give me a minute.” He must’ve learned it from Cynthia. We only moved into her place less than a year ago, but I guess he’s known her since he was about three. “Chum, can you read Chinese?” He shook his head no and squeezed my hand in his.

I had already looked up the pet store online. It sounded cheap and shitty, and sure enough, C & Y Pet Supply looked like a crap place to buy a lifelong animal companion. They had a rusty powder blue sign, probably from the Eisenhower administration, and the windows were cracked and smeared with who-wants-to-ask.

The inside of the store smelled like sawdust and lemon deodorizer. There was a large wet stain the shape of Greenland on the concrete in front of the cash register. In the middle of the stain was a yellow plastic sandwichboard sign with the image of a black figure tilting on its side.

Jack’s the right age to get the straight dope on the hurts and dangers of the world so I asked him, “What’s happening on that sign?”

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“Fish Boy” by Carrie Randolph

My son stared at the small black figure. “He’s dancing,” he said, and looked at me. “Maybe he wants to be on Dancing With the Stars.”

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is a quarterly digest featuring the works of Los Angeles writers, artists and creatives. In a city of disparate parts, our aim is to create an active platform for organic and challenging exchange that is not only reflective of this generation but brings a collective voice to an anomalous city.

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