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Tuesday, October 14, 2008


'The Exiles'

Possibly the first, probably the best, and surely the prettiest film about young, urban Native Americans, 1961's The Exiles follows a handful of twentysomething Indians as they wander through long-disappeared sections of Los Angeles. Director Kent MacKenzie, then a student at USC, recorded quiet, rambling monologues from his subjects, which play over gorgeous black-and-white footage of their nightly pursuits: drinking, gambling, dancing, playing air piano, brawling, climbing up stairs, walking up hills, and slowly disappearing down lonely dead ends. A discussion with Stranger Genius Award winner—and notable Native American—Sherman Alexie follows. (Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 329-2629. 7 pm, $9.)



Bragi Ólafsson

Open Letter is an exciting new publisher that translates fiction from around the world in affordable, attractive editions. Its second publication is The Pets, an Icelandic thriller about a misanthropic man looking for love and finding a distasteful old friend in a rough situation instead. Bragi Ólafsson, a former member of the Sugarcubes, has written something weird and wonderful; like Jar City and other Icelandic mysteries, it's like an anorak-heavy cop show on acid. (Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600. 7:30 pm, free.)

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    was he the douche who "sang" with bjork?

    Posted by max solomon | October 14, 2008 11:12 AM

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