By Laurel Dammann “The Edge, please.” Miriam runs through the long list of Los Angeles establishments she keeps catalogued in her head. “’Scuse me, ma’am. Never heard of it.” The woman looks up from her handbag, wriggling her nose until the oversized cat-eyed sunglasses perched there scoot back up the bridge. They are huge, dominating … Continue reading Bite


By Laurel Dammann | Featured image published in American Beauty, January 1957 The first thing I ever did with lipstick was eat it. There are pictures of me at 2-years-old, plump and puzzled on the living room floor as my mom snaps pictures of my mouth smeared siren red— the early warning sign of a … Continue reading Lipmix

The Queen of Cards

By Laurel Dammann The Rider-Waite tarot deck is the most famous and widely used of its kind in the western world. It's treasured by many for its illustrations, abundant with detail and symbolism. Published in 1910, it has been called the "Rider-Waite Tarot" for over a century in deference to its most successful publisher, the … Continue reading The Queen of Cards