Ever eat fried rabbit? Barbecued rabbit? Rice with rabbit gravy? Such dishes were standard fare at the Venz Rabbit Hutch Restaurant in Logan, Ala. But food was only part of the experience. In this installment of our summer series "Place and Memory," we pay a visit to the Rabbit Hutch.
Pornography rates right up there with Hollywood as one of Southern California’s biggest and most influential industries, yet stories about it are often completely off the mark. Coverage of "the industry," talks hyperbolically about money and morality; coverage of "the workers" portrays them either as sexual superbeings or the Helpless Victims of Bad Men.
Charles Guelperin, aka Baba Funkee, is a santero, or faith healer, at a local Hollywood botanica. Botanicas are something that you see all over Southern California – little shops that sell religious trinkets, statues, candles and herbal remedies – but that few outside their target market ever enter.
More and more, abstract and ever-present fear defines us as a society. This montage made up of a mafia executioner, a horror film director and a hypochondriac explores a few different uses of fear and how we are all held captive by both others and ourselves. The story illustrates a style we were organically developing where linear narrative was discarded (and sometimes very purposefully undercut) in favor of a linear progression of ideas and emotions.