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By Scott Hulet

slakeLos Angeles surfer/writer Joe Donnelly, along with ex-LA Weekly partner Laurie Ochoa, is three issues deep into one of the hippest projects on the West Coast.

Slake—their brainchild—is a quarterly literary journal with a difference. Inspired by the art, stories, and culture of L.A. and surrounding environs, this high-end and perfect-bound title manages to merge the gravitas of a Paris Review with the incisive, occasionally dark voice of the alternative weekly. The curation of the illustration is superb—indeed, the art direction is evenly matched with the quality of the content. And what of surfing? Plenty. Donnelly taps the likes of C.R. Stecyk, Jamie Brisick, and Sandow Birk (all familiar names to TSJ readers), putting wave riding in its proper place as a go-to theme in the L.A. zeitgeist.

Non-surf matter is well represented, with regular contributors like Permanent Midnight author Jerry Stahl and Pulitzer-packing food writer Jonathan Gold indicative of the depth of the Slake well.

If you like to read, if you’re into the Southland, and you appreciate a sharp editorial attack, you’ll look forward to Slake in your mailbox as much as you do the Journal. www.slakemedia.com