Chris Durant

Chris Durant has worked at not working for decades. He has held roughly 100 jobs through his employment career, from a driving range ball picker upper to a door to door film salesman. He started his first magazine, Mean Spirited Willie, in Sacramento around 1997. Since then he has been the publisher of Slow Kids Playing, First Draft, Notes From an American Nobody, Fat Llama Spit and Short Bus Magazine. Durant and co-founder Sarah Godlin created Savage Henry after he was shoved aside as the editor of his local daily newspaper’s entertainment magazine. In the early meetings Durant's wife, Monica, and another writer for Northern Lights, Josh Duke, laid down the groundwork for what the magazine has evolved into. Durant writes, edits, sells ads, manages ad clients and delivers the magazine as well as books stand-up comedians for Savage Henry's monthly comedy shows and its annual Savage Henry Magazine Comedy Festival (formerly SHITS and Giggles Comedy Festival). He also co-produces and co-hosts the magazine's weekly podcast, the Savage Henry Magazine Radio Program. He lives in McKinleyville, California with his wife, three of his children, two dogs, two cats and his Playstation 3.

Durant and Rave #1 – QuizUp

I think the reason I consider myself decent at quiz games from Trivial Pursuit to Smarty Pants is for one simple reason: the Beastie Boys. Because of their lyrics I know of Eddie Harris, Taking of the Phelam 123, Rufus Thomasn and Crazy Eddie, just to name a few. It all just seeped into my brain after hundreds of listens …

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Sadie Schweitzer: Pioneer Lesbian––Martyr––Closeted Mother

Zeke Greenwald, contributor Sadie Schweitzer (1899-1968) had her daughter, Lisa, in 1924. Now 89 years old, Lisa Schweitzer graciously sat down with me to discuss having such a prominent mother and how she continues the legacy. SH: Sadie Schweitzer famously died in 1968, engulfed in flames intended for bras and other feminine products. Upon her death several leading feminists declared …

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Old Time Photos from Famous Families

It’s a staple of family vacations to places like Sacramento and Deadwood South Dakota: old timey family portraits. Nothing says “family fun” like dressing up like murderous Old Western gunfighters and whores. We dug through our archives and found a handful of old timey photos from some of the more infamous families.  Lyle, Erik and Jose Menendez The Menendez men …

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What the hell else we gonna do?

A tour of what may or may not have been the LA bars Bukowski drank in “I went to the worst of bars hoping to get killed but all I could do was to get drunk again.” ― Charles Bukowski I was recently in Los Angeles for a week of comedy and advertising business when I found myself with a …

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A Toast to the 21st, My Favorite Amendment

Nando Molina, contributor I always have a hard time picking my favorite part of the U.S. Constitution. I like the First amendment with its freedom of speech and all. I am big fan of the Second Amendment because I like guns. The Fifth Amendment is close to my heart also because I like guns. But if I have to pick …

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Meat Puppets hit Humbews

If you don’t go to the Meat Puppets show this Saturday (11/16) you are setting a dangerous precedent for live music in Humboldt County. For Humbrews to land a band of this magnitude and to see them in an intimate venue is quite the treat. Now I don’t want to get into their whole history or anything, you can check …

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Album Review: Foxhole Norman “You’re Missing The Point”

Leah Brzezinski, midwest music correspondent  There was a point when “alternative rock” became such a catch-all term for any grungy, punk-inspired sound that it ceased to have descriptive meaning, and eventually became so mainstream that it annoyed bands and listeners equally. Foxhole Norman’s 5-song debut EP, released “straight outta Seattle” this past August is just so…alternative rock. To quibble about it would be …

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Signs Someone Has Gone “Hill Crazy”

Long bouts of solitude among growing pot plants can get to a person. It never fails: every grow season you hear the story of someone who “lost his shit” or “went bonkers” or “is a fucking mental case” while stuck watching, in most cases, someone else’s weed grow. It’s understandable that that kind of life can get to you when you’re stuck in a remote spot, doing something nine law …

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