"If I was smart, I would have waited a few years and made an iPhone app: a little satirical story about how to write about Africa every day, interactive and adaptable, for ninety-nine cents." - Binyavanga Wainaina
By Binyavanga Wainaina (Bidoun.org) The Revenge Novelists, NGO workers, rock musicians, conservationists, students, and travel writers track down my email, asking: Would you please comment on my homework assignment / pamphlet / short story / funding proposal / haiku / adopted child / photograph of genuine African mother-in-law? All of the people who do this are […]
The story of a convict turned FBI snitch is told from copious notes written in longhand -- no computer behind bars where convicts can pen their memoirs.
Wired… an FBI Story: The Heroic Journey of Tommy Dye, from FBI Informant to Witness Protection, by Glenn Painter, is all about a simple request posed by the FBI to an incarcerated petty criminal named Tommy Dye. Dye was serving his sentence within one of the most dangerous prisons situated within the nation’s perimeter. Notwithstanding the […]
“I like what’s going on in peoples’ lives….For some strange reason people describe so much of their lives when they’re sitting on the train.” --David Lee Crites
A plethora of fascinating personal life stories mysteriously lurk behind those multitude of faces we see every day on Amtrak trains, who, without uttering a solitary word, stare transfixed into their smart phones, sip caffeinated coffee from Styrofoam cups, methodically apply blush-on to pale cheeks, and bite into a buttered roll carefully wrapped in cellophane. […]
“If people are allowed to be together in their daily lives I think they will be naturally attracted to one another and fall in love. I don’t think race should be a barrier. Love is the most natural way to bridge the racial divide.” -- Anne Moose
Arkansas Summer: Love and Terror in the Jim Crow South, authored by Anne Moose, is categorized within the literary genre of historical fiction. This beautifully written novel is about an interracial love story set against the background of America’s South a few decades ago in the 1950s; it opens up our eyes and minds to […]