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.

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


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

The Books I Read This Year

When I was younger I relied on people personally recommending books to me.  This year, out of the near 60 books I read, only ten books fit that characterization:  Wild … Continue reading

December 16, 2014 · 2 Comments

Letting a book into your head

20 years ago, when it was first published, I purchased Nathan McCall’s autobiography Makes Me Wanna Holler. I finally read it this weekend. There are many reasons to not read … Continue reading

November 24, 2014 · 6 Comments

Let this weekend be one of rebirth

Let this weekend be one of rebirth.  Many things came to an end this week.  Finished one of my goals for the year, finished the final season of Burn Notice, … Continue reading

November 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

Reading Books on How to Properly Clear Brush

I have read 50 books this year.  I had wanted to read more than I did last year (23) and it has taken me in so many wonderful directions so … Continue reading

November 8, 2014 · 2 Comments

Another Layer to Arrogance

I enjoyed Peter Hessler’s memoir River Town, about his time in the 90’s volunteering in China as a teacher for the Peace Corps.  I was struck by how his arrogance … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

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