S1E16 - Bitchcraft: Music and Lit with Leza Cantoral
Textual Healing with Mallory Smart
In a very strange and wild episode of Textual Healing, I got a chance to interview Leza Cantoral who is one of my favorite people in the lit world today! It gets weird, it gets dark, and it actually gets pretty damn hysterical. It's lit. Leza is a Xicana writer & Editor-in-Chief at CLASH Books. She is also the host of Get Lit With Leza. As a result of her being a megafan of Lana Del Rey & Sylvia Plath, she curated and edited an anthology of stories called Tragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana Del Rey & Sylvia Plath which is available on CLASH Books. She’s the author of the surreal horror story collection Cartoons in the Suicide Forest & alt lit poetry & social media commentary about modern alienation, Trash Panda. If the sound is a bit off at times in this episode it's because we were both a bit "lit" during the recording of it, which of course set the perfect mood for us to go off on wild tangents about cults, The Bling Ring, drugs, and how we both originally wanted to be filmmakers. The main focus though is Leza's truly excellent and diverse taste in music. We go on about Courtney Love, Lana Del Rey, The Weeknd, Marilyn Manson, and Madonna. When we aren't talking about that, we're railing against the patriarchy, what got us both into literature, and annoying guys on the internet. The best parts are when Leza actually reads a bit of her writing and describes some of the films she made. They aren't at the end of the episode like typical Textual Healing episodes but scattered throughout, so listen to the whole show to catch them! Support Textual Healing with Mallory Smart by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/textual-healing
Joe is joined by Leza Cantoral. They talk about sex in lit, fairy tales, bizarro fiction, and more!Leza Cantoral is the Editor in Chief of CLASH Books. She hosts Get Lit With Leza, a podcast where she talks to cool ass writers. She is the author of Cartoons in the Suicide Forest & Trash Panda & the editor of Tragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana Del Rey & Sylvia Plath. You can find her spending way too much time on FB, Twitter & IG @lezacantoralYou can contact the show at firstname.lastname@example.org - Just put WTR in the subject line.Contact for Joe bielecki Twitter and Instagram: @noisemakerjoe Website Patreon Art photo by Arielle TipaMARILYN IN WONDERLANDDon’t look in the mirror,Don’t look because you will see,Marilyn,Through the Looking Glass.Her twin brainsGlitter and digest the celluloid dream.The forest is thickFor those who wander—Lost and found,Crumbling Underground.Where does the rabbit hole end?I wander through the streetsOf New York City.I see my reflectionIn the shop windows,Half expecting to seeMarilyn looking back at me.Her body might be in the Westwood Cemetery,But her heart is in NYC.In NYCShe could finally disappear.In NYCShe sought refuge from the swarm—The camera eyes thatStripped her bare.You cannot X-rayA soul.Skeleton face,Calavera of love—I look for MarilynIn the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.She’s not thereBut I find the Urn of Peter Lorre,And I wonder whyHe couldn’t afford a nicer gravestone.Marilyn, tangled in Egyptian cotton sheets,Wound up in her telephone cord—A Hollywood mummy,Preserved for all eternity.Still she haunts me,Phantomwise,Marilyn moving under the skies,Never seen by waking eyes.She’s not in the dirty NY snowCaked to the curb.She’s not in the radiator that groans like a mechanical beast,From the bowels of Mordor.She found her voiceIn the Actor’s Studio,A bookwork—Devouring Ulysses.In madness, she walks,Through mirrors far and wide.She died in beauty,Like the night.A psychic in Greenwich VillageTells me that my aura is white,But I don’t believe her,Because my shadows eat up all the light.Dark twinDevouring me—Dark pairingsOf souls lost at sea.I hear her laughterBubbling off the shore.I find Marilyn in Key West,In front of the Tropicana—Her smile frozen in plaster,Blowing her skirts to Cuba.
Into the Dark sits down with writer, editor, and bruja Leza Cantoral to talk Chaos Magick, sex magick, growing up in Mexico, evolutionary biology, Aleister Crowley, Carl Jung, and times she's hexed people. You can listen to Leza's podcast Get Lit with Leza at getlitwithleza.podbean.com and get her book Cartoons in the Suicide Forest on amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Leza-Cantoral/e/B01MQUS269). You should also check out Clash Media at yesclash.com and find Leza on facebook, twitter, instagram, and tumblr @lezacantoral as always, if you have any questions for our research department, send them to IntoTheDarkRFB@gmail.com.
23 - Suicide Forests and the Big Bad Wolf with Leza Cantoral
Leza Cantoral joins Jeff to talk about her new short story collection, CARTOONS IN THE SUICIDE FOREST, folk tales, AWP and other conventions, occultism, Trump's views on Mexico, and much more! CARTOONS IN THE SUICIDE FOREST on AMAZON - YESCLASH.COM - Leza on Facebook - Leza on Twitter This week's music: "No Borders" by Conscious Youth Conscious Youth on Bandcamp Jeff Attacks logo by Matthew Revert Jeff Attacks banner by Dyer Wilk Intro and outro music by Anti-Venom Transition music by the Stupid Stupid Henchmen
Happy 2017 Zongers! Bizzong is back and Mr. Frank has brought some goodies. Leza Cantoral joins us to kick off the new year. Leza has been a long time fixture in the Bizarro community but just recently she's released her brand new short story collection upon the world, Cartoons in the Suicide Forest. Leza knows a lot of things about a lot of things and she has some great insight into writing and marketing and editing. She's not only a writer but she is also a content manager for CLASH media and she edit's the work of the one and only Mandy DeSandra and that's just scraping the tip of her workload iceberg. So open up some bubbly and get ready to party with the Bizarro Goth Mermaid herself, Ms Leza Cantoral! Check out the Book Trailer for Cartoons in the Suicide Forest too!