Hopscotch—Julio Cortázar

  Hopscotch—Julio Cortázar In the narrative of Cortázar’s Hopscotch, he analyzes the game of hopscotch after the main character, Oliveira, engages with a clocharde named Emmanuéle on the streets of Paris: “One day you learn how to leave Earth and make the pebble climb into Heaven…the worst part of it is that precisely at that moment…no one has learned how to make the pebble climb up into Heaven.” Cortázar continues this idea about failing to reach Heaven in the game: Read more [...]

James Baldwin—The Price of the Ticket

James Baldwin,The Price of a Ticket “If everyone had been in love they’d treat their children differently, they’d treat each other differently. It’s about love; it’s about the price of love…people don’t seem to realize that.” James Baldwin was born in 1927 in Harlem, New York. At the time of his death on December 1, 1989 he had become and still is, an important voice for the rights of all people. He was, as the documentary provides, a brother, spirit, and a writer. It was in a Read more [...]

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 [...]

SALINGER

SALINGER JD Salinger, the recluse author of Catcher in the Rye is revealed through interviews, footage, stories, and his written words in this captivating documentary. A life chronicled by his published stories in the New Yorker to his books. This attentive timeline reflects profoundly into the years of service during World War II, his family and the Glass Family, and the influence of Hinduism. We know from the documentary that Salinger was finishing Catcher in the Rye while in the war. It is Read more [...]

Faker—Marshall Boyd

  Marshall Boyd is a prolific and meticulous story-teller in this murder mystery based in Miami. Falk McCoy, the tough as nails and tenacious detective takes the reader for an investigation of gruesome killings. Falk McCoy’s every move from Miami to the Everglades is captivating. As the story evolves you begin to appreciate the relationships of the characters. Boyd develops each of the individuals for the reader to understand their strengths and weaknesses. You feel the richness of Read more [...]

Miami Lovers — Marshall Boyd

www.FalkMcCoy.comMiami Lovers – Marshall Boyd Falk McCoy sits in repose on a park bench in Bicentennial Park thinking about romance. Love all around in the park and love abound in the city. He takes the moment to reflect about his one love. One love, however pure and passionate the moment exists – will not be his only focus. For Falk McCoy, the Glades Hotel detective, it will be the broad avenues of love that he will take to investigate another mystery. Miami Lovers is the third book Read more [...]

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