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Apr.09.2014
I FEEL LIKE AN IDIOT ASKING, BUT IN A BIG MEETING        it was brought up that we've done 323 shows in 52 cities over 8 years to 60,000 people and have a whopping total of 13,000 people "following" us on social media. Which is way low. Reason? We're too busy trying to put...
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Nov.21.2012
LDM TV: The Pilot is happening. It's really, really happening. On December 12 at Florentine Gardens in Los Angeles. The heart of Hollywood! The most exciting part? The scale has gone from simple to massive. Looking at our original plan, it's like we didn't have a clue. Because, to...
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Aug.13.2012
On October 9, 2012 at Largo at the Coronet in LA we'll be filming the first-ever LDM TV pilot, as part of a star-studded double feature (Dexter's Michael C. Hall, the musician Moby, best-selling author Susan Orlean, and comedian/Marcel the Shell creator Jenny Slate are all on board...
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Aug.16.2011
We are thrilled to announce the fifteen finalists for Opium39's 7-Line Story Contest (judged by Amy Hempel). The issue, which will release in November, will feature the winner and nine other of these stories, while a handful will appear online as a run-up to the issue's release. The winner will be...
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Jul.07.2011
Opium is in a wild, last-minute hunt for your most brilliant stories for our Heaven issue. If you have written a story about these topics, we want you to submit them IMMEDIATELY (or, say, by Wednesday, July 13th):  Mothers, death, sadness, dying, living, heaven, hope, happiness, loss of hope,...
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May.17.2011
It's been a strange series of months for Opium. Before we became a nonprofit in February 2010, we announced Opium100: A Century of Literary Humor - which was to be our most ambitious project ever. Thing is, ambition in this case also meant expensive, and while we've evaded admitting it until now,...
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Feb.16.2011
  Last Friday night I had the honor of judging a Literary Death Match at the Elbo Room in San Francisco. If you haven’t been to a Literary Death Match, you’re missing out on one of the more vibrant literary events happening today. The one I attended featured host Alia Volz, a natural-born...
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Jan.12.2011
To put it plainly: 2010 was, for Literary Death Match, a jaw-dropper (especially now that we're looking back in disbelief at how we pulled off the whole grassroots mess).  On October 6, 2010, in San Francisco, we celebrated a thrilling milestone when we pulled off our 100th-ever event at Litquake...
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Dec.10.2010
Weary of cutesy jingles? Family working your last nerve? Ready to go ballistic in the mall? We’ve got a cure… The Literary Death Match presents first annual Holiday Bloodbath Special! Set to do battle are the “verbal Genghis Kahn” of spoken word, Jamie DeWolf (founder of Tourettes Without...
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Nov.11.2010
A little over a month ago, I embarked on what was possibly the nuttiest Opium misadventure, yet: the LDM100 celebration & Opium for the Arts fundraiser. I went back and forth across America in what my friend deemed "the most fiscally responsible not-quite-jet-setting" he'd ever...