In the Lanes of the World: Paris, France

A Walk along La Seine                                              By Christan Gatto, Travel Writer There was a time when I traveled to many metropolitan cities around the globe; for these cities, I studied travel books to prepare my day trips with cultural coordinates… “Bonjour, Je voudrais une baguette et le café, mercie.” I said to the cashier for my order at the café, using my basic French lingo from a guide-book. She smiled and gave me Read more [...]

Dopefiend—Donald Goines

Raw. This is the word that describes Dopefiend. Based in a Detroit ghetto, Goines tells you the story about his experiences as an addict. He places the reader in very uncomfortable situations: junkies getting their fix, prostitutes with their "johns,"  and the use of heroine being cooked up. Goines hits you with the needle that leaves a mark in your psyche. Like any great novel, the unexpected is vital. In Dopefiend, the unexpected is deliberately disturbing. There are very few characters in this Read more [...]