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Spotlight: N-o-nS…e;nSI/c::::a_L

Wrapping up our week with N-o-nS…e;nSI/c::::a_L, today we bring you an excerpt from artist and filmmaker Margaret Haines’ essay “Sex without Threat.” Co-founder Vivian Sming notes, “Haines springs from Theodor W. Adorno’s The Stars Down to Earth, which posits astrology in relation to fascism in 1950s California. Haines revisits the Carroll Righter Astrological Foundation to reflect on current-day Los Angeles and the global events between the EU and Greece, leading up to the U.S. pre-election in 2016. As judgment is suspended and we look to greater forces to plug out, a question remains: Do the stars inform politics, or do politics control the stars?” This essay originally appeared in N-o-nS…e;nSI/c::::a_L’s third issue, (wrong).

Apollo Insurance

Apollo Insurance is in Highland Park, a Los Angeles neighborhood, which in the last five to ten years has gone through the predictable ramifications of neoliberal gentrification—all as blandly expected as the redevelopment.

As related to me by a grad student whose thesis contradicts his implicit participation within the stealth neighborhood high-jacking: “Art students run the streets, zip to MFA programs in energy cars, coffee shops serve something called a ‘flat white,’ and families living in houses across three generations are forced out to ____? to accommodate web-series writers, leftist intellectuals, x-Eurozone artists, and architects with midcentury furniture.”

Apollo Insurance offers low-cost auto and home insurance. When the DP rolls by on his skateboard for a rigged dolly shot, a man inside wakes up, opens one eye wide, and shuts the door. Potentially a money laundering front, it will be at least a half-decade until its actual owners succumb and realize at a porn factory somewhere in the Valley that the building itself presents a worthy profit.

Insurance: a means of protection from loss.

Read the full text here.

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