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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]