Tagged: michael konik essayist

Mantra for Artists

Figure out the best thing you can share with the world. Then figure out the best way to share it. The road is long, so long that it never really ends at a final destination. Your job is to stay on the path. Authentic humility requires acknowledging that you are gifted and touched by the...

Leadership Litmus Test for White Boys Who R Considering Voting for Hillary When the Rainbow Coalition Isn’t Enuf

Some of our more famously progressive friends — those who self-identify as conscious, liberal, rights-minded pacifists, including “smartest man in the world” comedian Greg Proops – are presently in a political pickle. They’ve pre-declared themselves as Soldiers for Hillary, despite so many stains upon her record you might be persuaded that she was a key...

Forecasting the Near Future

We agree. It’s a shame that all the blibbety-blabble about nothing couldn’t be contained in a tweet. Or an overlong Facebook post, at least. Sorry. We should have just said, “Update: I’m great. Thanks for asking. Lots of cool things in the works. Stay tuned. More to come. Luv u guys.” Today, our first experiment...

Compassion for the Cops

Everyone is all upset about the latest killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer. This one was caught on video, so it’s going to be a little harder to explain to a jury why the shooting was justified, especially since the dead man was shot in the back as he fled....

LA Helicopter Noise Initiative

For those of us who feel like Brentwood is starting to sound like Baghdad, a quasi-war zone, with helicopters hovering and circling and buzzing the neighborhoods below, as though we’re being invaded (or reprising Vietnam), relief — or at least a digital venting — has arrived. The LA Helicopter Noise Initiative, in conjunction with the...

Female Problems

The playwright Aristophanes wrote a hit comedy called “Lysistrata.” It’s about all the women in Greece going on a sex strike until all the men agree to stop fighting the Peloponnesian wars. Frustrated husbands walk around onstage with painful erections. It’s funny stuff, if unrealistic. Such a sex strike could never really work. All the...

A Five-Sided Story

This is a reminder, not an insult: There’s no dictionary you could consult, no thesaurus or magic lexicon that describes the Pentagon as a paragon of peace. More like Hollywood and Silicon Valley’s most important ally in convincing the populous that what’s best for us is constant war and mayhem, the lubricating grease on the...

They’re Lizards

Nothing that’s ever walked, slithered, swum or flown the earth has ever been as intelligent as human beings. We’re the smartest species ever. The things we can do with our brain can’t be done with a sparrow’s brain, or an ant’s. Or even a dolphin’s. They’re clever, sure. And other species can do stuff we...

The Comedy Bureau

The Los Angeles comedy scene is so fertile and frenetic that figuring out which funny person is performing where and when can be frustrating — if you’ve not yet discovered “The Comedy Bureau.” Maven and aficionado Jake Kroeger maintains a reliable calendar of events, a frequently updated comedy-centric newsfeed, and a keen sense of who...

Democracy, Los Angeles Style

On March 3, Los Angeles held a municipal election. Ballot measures included changing the time of year that we vote, education trustees, and, most important, members of City Council. In our district, 14 hopefuls ran to replace the termed-out incumbent. Only 61 votes separated the top-two, who advance to a May run-off, and the guy...