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  1. Hello All, I'm here, I'm here. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I've had a few issues and the job is working me like they didn't get the email that Lincoln freed the slaves. I am back.
  2. Hello All, Crystal: I totally understand. *big smile* All: I am in the middle of my winter wonderland reading vacation. I finished two Artemis Fowl novels, which were wonderful as all hell!! I love the Artemis Fowl series better than Harry Potter. I got one more novel in the series to read and then I'm all caught up. The other day I finished up The Devil in The White City by Erik Larson. This book was fantastic. It's the story of the 1893 Chicago World Fair and the story of America's first serial killer Dr. H.H. Holmes, who used the fair to draw in some of his victims. I love
  3. Hello All, Troy: I would say "yes". Go ahead and build the page. It's a wonderful idea.
  4. Hello All, Chris: You can't give an example because you aint read sh_t. Keep it real or keep it moving.
  5. Hello All, Troy: Chris can't provide any names because he doesn't know of any. He's just talking.
  6. Hello All, I just finished up reading the John Oliver Killens biography by Keith Gilyard, which was wonderful by the way! Now, I'm going to go on a Winter Wonderland reading vacation. Actually, I've already started. I read Breakfast at Tiffany by Truman Capote this morning. I like it A LOT BETTER than the movie. Strangely enough, I saw Holly Golightly more like Marilyn Monroe than Audrey Hepburn. Capote was a damn good writer. I have two new installments for my two favorite children lit series on the way, Artemis Fowl and The Last Apprentice. Then I'm going to read for the first t
  7. Hello All, I just read this article from MSNBC.com, Black Male high school graduation. It looks like we, as a people, done fell the f_ck DOWN!
  8. Hello All, Chris: Compliment? *eyebrow raised* I never said that the book was GOOD! And there's a reason for that. *eyebrow still raised*
  9. Hello All, I agree with Cynique 100%!! Couldn't have said it better myself. And furthermore, who makes up the Literary establishment?
  10. Hello All, Crystal: *smile* You know I love me some Fitzgerald that's no lie. I have about 5 more books to go through before I go on my winter wonderland reading. I got them all stacked up and ready to go.
  11. Hello All, Chris: You know what, let's be clear on a couple of things. First, there is a difference between literary fiction and fiction. In all seriousness, somehow the two got confused with eachh other, or the labeling got changed or something. Correct me if I'm wrong, but what I would call urban fiction today would have been called pulp fiction back in the day. Hemingway, Baldwin, Fitzgerald and others were under the fiction banner. The literary fiction banner did not come about until...when? I don't know, you tell me. From my understanding, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, J
  12. Hello All, I'm breaking my own promise to myself not to talk to you Chris, it's usually an exercise in futility. Chris: You wrote "Ain't nobody but you reading them books" in reference to the Akashic portion of my post. And there in lies the problem! Frankly, I'm never heard in history past of a civilization, or a people, destroying themselves because the people READ too much! Your argument is ridiculous and nonsensical. Chris: Oh and this one is just priceless "Literary Fiction is dead. Couldn't have happened soon enough in my book. All it provided was a means for some
  13. Hello All, There are several reasons why Black Literature is languishing 1.) Education - Let's keep it real or keep it moving; it has turned out that the education that a black person could get back in the day, not accounting for the deplorable school systems down South, was a lot better. Today with all of these fancy new teaching methods and technology, we have a few generations that are a few notches above illiterate. Don't believe me. Sit down with a couple of our children and ask them to read you a story. 3/4 of them, after reading to you out loud, will put fear into you conc
  14. Hello All, I was recently listening to NPR this morning and a few days ago. It appears that Amazon.com is having a big year this year selling ebooks. According to Amazon, for every 100 hardcover book they sold 168 ebooks. (I think I'm quoting the number correctly) But, another report I heard stated that they are going to be adding pictures and music to the ebooks, in order to give the readers a little something extra to make the ebook more marketable. When it reaches that stage, I might seriously be tempted to get one. Really, I would like to get one now. I looked at the Barnes
  15. Hello All, I am approaching the middle of the new James Baldwin collection, The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings. Man, I forgot just how brilliant Baldwin really was. The Ellison book, is magnificent and a dismal failure at the same time. I haven't gotten to the middle of it yet, but Ellison should have sucked up some of his pride and had Baldwin as his editor. Although I have not finished reading the book, I strongly recommend it for anyone whose an author or is trying to be a writer. Baldwin is dropping nothing but knowledge. I can't help but to wonder what he would think
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