Next at CoRK / Jax by Jax

folio-weekly-jim-draper-and-hurley-winkler-splitscreen

Happening in Jacksonville, FL

From Folio Weekly:

Hurley Winkler is good at far too many things. Her CV includes helping produce Swamp Radio and Perversion magazine, and she’s just finished her master of fine arts in creative writing at Lesley University. Jim Draper is primarily known as a visual artist whose work has been seen in galleries, in the airport, on the façades of public buildings — on and on. But he’s not just a visual artist. Draper says, “Words are our primary symbols.”

On Feb. 23, each will perform a reading of their work at the second monthly installment of JaxbyJax.

Read More

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Writers and Artists of Jacksonville!

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Hunter S. Thompson Omnibus 1978

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

The Best Way to Read Haruki Murakami – Book Oblivion

haruki-murakami-three-books

Here’s a good article on reading Haruki Murakami from the Book Oblivion bog, written by Jessica Manuel.

Murakami is one of the most popular and respected contemporary authors. Reading him is an art and this is the best reading order for his mind-bending works.

I always try to incorporate one of his novels or short stories into my syllabus when teaching. One taste and my students are hooked. After that first exposure, they almost always ask what to read next. And even though you can’t really go wrong, I will suggest what I think would work best for most readers. Each of his novels stand alone, but some work together quite well. Those groups of novels I have listed are what I like to see read in the same general time frame.

These five are my favorite works of Haruki Murakami because of the way they deal with the unconscious. In each work, the lives of the characters are completely altered because of dreams, memories, nostalgia, or other manifestations of the unconscious. It reminds the reader how powerful the mind is, and I’ve remained convinced of this since my first reading of Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.

Read More: The Best Way to Read Haruki Murakami – Book Oblivion

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Riverside Condos / Les Paul Garner’s House

by Tim Gilmore, 12/23/2016 Les Paul Garner’s little yellow-trimmed red brick house sits directly across Jackson Street from three and four story condos. In his early 50s now, Paul moved into the ho…

Source: Brooklyn: Brooklyn Riverside Condos / Les Paul Garner’s House

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Rod Serling Revisited

Rod Serling Twilight Zone

An article I wrote for Literary Kicks a few years ago:

It’s common among “Beat Generation” aficionados to scorn the popular media version of the Beats, especially the term “beatnik”, and the stereotypical goatee-sporting hipster. But to a youngster growing up in a small town, like me, sensing there was more out there than what they taught in middle school, even the cliche hints of downtown jazz and nightlife and hip lingo were welcome. I could tell right away that Rod Serling was cool, from the subdued bongo drums in the opening theme to his sly, out-of-this-world countenance. He almost seemed to wink knowingly when he shared his imagination and vision with me, the viewer.

I remember the episode about the trumpet player, down on his luck and questioning his very reason for living. In a kind of jazz version of It’s A Wonderful Life, the musician is hit by a car, killed, then finds himself hanging out with another, older, trumpet player whose chiseled features, goatee, and night club suit are a sharp contrast to the pudgy angel Clarence in the Frank Capra classic, though he is an angel, nonetheless. After giving the young musician a new lease on life, we learn the angel’s name as he makes his exit.

“I didn’t catch your name!”

“Just call me Gabe,” says the goateed veteran horn-blower. “Short for Gabriel.” He holds up his trumpet to illustrate his point. Gabriel is the trumpet blowing angel in the Bible. But this wasn’t my parents’ church, it was the concrete-neon jungle where the hipsters dwell and Doctor Sax blows jazz in a smoky bar room.

Serling created the Twilight Zone in 1959. He often battled with censors and sponsors to present themes and issues which he felt were important but which the sponsors feared were too controversial. He became known as “Television’s Angry Young Man.”

Read More

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Marc Zicree on the Ray Bradbury/Rod Serling Controversy

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized