The Back Room

With respect to Socrates, my unexamined life is not worth living. The front room is the face we show everyone but we hide our true self in the back room.

New Orleans: The First Day

New Orleans’ French Quarter in the summer is like NYC in the summer circa 1987.  Lots of panhandlers accosting you in friendly or not so friendly ways, the smell of … Continue reading

May 31, 2015 · 12 Comments

A Great Day

A great day.  Lots of things were resolved, work was absorbing, my new cargo shorts arrived to replace shorts I’ve been wearing since 1997, I cleaned my car, did some … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · 10 Comments

See Mad Max: Fury Road.

For a brisk two hours you are strapped to the war rig like a hood ornament hurtling through the wasteland, diving chainsaw-wielding pole jumpers and explosions, hanging upside down, your … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · 10 Comments

In 1972 Gil Scott-Heron published The Nigger Factory

In 1972, Gil Scott-Heron published The Nigger Factory.  I read it for the first time this morning.  His first book, The Vulture, a murder mystery with a social conscience, hooked … Continue reading

May 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

An Old Friend Visits the Room

I need to be back in therapy.  There are too many things I’m trying to work out and pieces are simply not being picked up. Sickness.  That’s wot it is. … Continue reading

May 15, 2015 · 4 Comments

Black Prophetic Fire Part 3

BLACK PROPHETIC FIRE Part 3 Welcome back again, Brother West.  I so enjoy this discussion.  Let me first say, thank you for bringing such important and forgotten pioneers like Ida … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · Leave a comment


BLACK PROPHETIC FIRE Part 2 Welcome back, Brother West.  Let me correct something right away.  I mentioned you co-wrote this book but I neglected to name the other writer. That … Continue reading

May 7, 2015 · Leave a comment


BLACK PROPHETIC FIRE! Brother West, you recently co-wrote a book called Black Prophetic Fire. I did.  I surely did.  And let me tell you why.  This nation, this dear beloved … Continue reading

May 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Getting Closer to Clarity

My blogs are usually about relationships, identity, art or race.  I have so much thought swirling around inside it often causes me discomfort. I don’t want the discomfort to go … Continue reading

May 3, 2015 · 4 Comments

A few remarks about the book Stoner

A few remarks about the book Stoner: I am always wary of a personally recommended book.  The praise given by the recommender is meant to entice but instead places pressure.  … Continue reading

May 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

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