Thursday, March 20, 2014
Saying goodbye to The Rapp Saloon reading that used to be.
Santa Monica CA's Rapp Saloon poetry reading began in 2000 at the International Youth Hostel (where it remains to this day). I was fortunate enough to be one of its hosts; today, it was announced that the reading will be cut back in May from every Friday to the first and third Fridays of each month. It now serves a less artistically diverse, more attuned to high-culture audience than it used to (when most factions of the LA/OC poetry communities commingled). And perhaps The Rapp will maintain its current following for years to come. But I mourn the now-official death of what it once was.