Category Archives: Books


In 2002 Temple University professor Molefi Kete Asante amassed list for his biographical dictionary 100 GREATEST AFRICAN AMERICANS. The illustrious names were listed alphabetically with # 1 being Hank Aaron and Malcolm X closed out the hundred. I recognized forty-one of them. Historical giants and thank to Wikipedia I read how the remaining fifty-nine African […]

Jane Birkin on Proust

My mother was right. When you’ve got nothing left, all you can do is get into silk underwear and start reading Proust. – Jane Birkin Personally I wasn’t able to read past the opening line of A LA RECHERCHE DU TEMPS PERDU. “For a long time I used to go to bed early.” I never […]

CLOCHEMERLE by Gabriel Chevallier

In 1994 I was stranded in Penang, Malaysia. I had gone to the Malacca Straits city to rendezvous with Sam Royalle to film my trip down to Singapore and off the Sumatra, however my friend was stuck in London. “Sorry, mate, no money.” “No worries.” Indeed, I was stranded in Asia. My sick travel companion […]

No Bookee No Fuckee

Throughout the centuries the Vatican has maintained an Index of Prohibited Books comprised of proscribed authors such as Jean Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Voltaire, Denis Diderot, Victor Hugo, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, André Gide, Immanuel Kant, David Hume, Rene Descartes, Francis Bacon, John Milton, John Locke, and Galileo. Nazi Germany extolled the SA and SS and […]

Modern American Illiteracy

After a four-day stay at NYU Hospital in August I was signed out for release. I dressed in my street clothing, thanked the staff for their care, and descended by elevator to the ground-floor to hit the streets. I spotted a gift store in the main lobby and stopped to get a newspaper or a […]