Les Clés de Tropic Books de Henry Miller
“I had just made the realization that life is indestructible.”
The Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller were banned in the United States of America for obscenity reasons that deemed each book as pornographic. This essay opens his books (Les Clés-The Keys) for a brief review and cites the peril of halting freedom of speech and hindering freedom of expression.
When travelling abroad, I acclimate to the local environment and walk Read more [...]
Say It Loud! I’m Black and I’m Proud!
Soul Music as defined by James Brown: “Can’t… Can’t makes you a soul singer.”
This documentary of the ‘Hardest working man in show business’ broadens the definition of Brown as a soul singer and his separation of ‘show’ and ‘business.’ Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown is a 2014 film that begins when he was a still-born and ends as the influence of his career and life are interwoven in rap and hip hop.
James went to prison at Read more [...]
Literary Review for Marshall Boyd
"What is unusual in Miami…? Everything is unusual." No one other than Marshall Boyd, author of the Falk McCoy mystery series, can mirror the Magic City's crime, passion, and diversity.
Faker, Death of a Dead Man, Miami Lovers, Wanton Needs, and Rue are perfect novels for those who have a penchant of the Mystery genre.
Marshall Boyd is a prolific and meticulous story-teller in this murder mystery based in Miami. Falk McCoy, the tough as nails and tenacious Read more [...]
The selection is a review of acclaimed novels by Donald Goines:
Dopefiend, Whoreson, and White Man's Justice, Black Man's Grief are what Greg Goode of the University of Rochester called, "A new fictional genre...ghetto realism."
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 Read more [...]
“Music is Conversation”
Miami Babylon—Gerald Posner
“Too Much is Never Enough”
Bienvenido a Miami Beach—A place that is pure, scenes that are graphic, people who are greedy, and a multi-cultural society which is collectively colorful.
Miami Babylon, published in 2009, is a social and historical timeline of Miami Beach. This is not your average text of footnotes which are marked by milestones for those who reside in a particular place, like the beach, to be docent guiding visitors to the important figures, symbolic Read more [...]
Christan Gatto: A Composition of Travel
A compelling review based on the sole question: What is your favorite book?
Cure, routine, rendezvous or collision, the rhyme of travel is sublime. But you must forgo these concepts and the common area in which you reside. Ride, ride, ride somewhere to the fissures of foreign tableaux.—D. Martini
A month ago I had a conversation with a dear friend who is a teacher living in the mountains of Colorado. It was about having a favorite book. From his repertoire Read more [...]
A switch cycle of stories spread across my chess table, and like the game of chess, there is a first and last move—the variations are not in order. Twenty-seven short stories, to be more specific, some were one page, and others six, but all the stories were part of a timeline for me to choose my first story of B.S. Johnson’s, The Unfortunates. I parted the First and the Last pages before placing half of the remaining 25 pages clockwise, and then the other half counterclockwise. Read more [...]
NO NO - A DOCKUMENTARY
Initially, I had questions about the fact that Dock Ellis, who was pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates, pitched a ‘No No,’ that is a no-hitter, against the San Diego Padres in 1971. How did he play, and play great, while on LSD? When did he realize that he was on his way to pitch a no-hitter? Where did he find the strike zone, even more, the catcher’s glove? Lastly…What was he thinking?
All of these questions are answered by Dock. However, his drug use during Read more [...]