Havana Noir: A Short Review by Rickey E. Pittman

Havana Noir: A Short Review by Rickey Pittman Having read the New Orleans and Miami editions of the Noir series, I chose Havana Noir (Akashic Books, Achy Obeias, Editor) as the next edition to read and comment upon. Chaussures ASICS Gel Glorify pour Femme cheap albion gold I enjoyed this collection of 17 pieces of short fiction tremendously. nike air max norge nettbutikk I was especially interested in Havana Noir for several personal reasons. Here are three: 1) I learned the Spanish I know from Cubanos in Naples, Florida. nike air max I also used to listen to the Cuban radio station which I could pick up clearly in my car. bns gold albion silver 2) I personally knew and interviewed many Cuban immigrants, many of them emigres after Castro’s takeover, many of them from the Mariel Boatlift, all of them with stories that would break your heart. 3) I’ve read of Hemingway’s life in Cuba, read gripping novels like Los Gusanos, and several nonfiction books related to the Mariel Boatlift, Cuba’s history, etc. buy albion gold This anthology of stories will give you insights into Cuba, its history and culture, both past and present, into the lives of the privileged and the struggles and a revelation of the hardships of most of its citizens.

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    An Interview with Bobby Bridger

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These associations are explored in depth in Where the Tall Grass Grows: A Mythological Legacy of the American West, my latest book that I mentioned earlier. I’ll just let that stand as a teaser for folks to encourage them to read the book when it is published in Summer, 2011. RP: What future projects do you have planned? BB: In May I announced that after 38 years of performances all over the world I am retiring performances of my one man theatrical shows of A Ballad of the West. I intend to continue writing books, painting and sculpting, writing and performing folk music. But at 65 I feel I can no longer properly honor the mountain men and horse and buffalo culture depicted in A Ballad of the West. My voice is still strong and so far I haven’t had to lower my keys, but when the one man shows are perfect it is like venturing out on a tight rope and doing a yoga headstand while polishing a diamond. Sixty-five year-olds aren’t as good as doing such things as even a strong 55 year-old. I’ve reached the time to make a dignified exit with performing the ballads. As for the future, I have been offered a small character part in a feature film called Fancydancer. It was written and will be directed by a long-time Quapaw Indian brother/friend named JR Mathews and is about contemporary American Indian culture. I’m also in the pre-production stages to work on a new studio album. RP: Is there anything else you wish to say to my readers? BB: Just to be strong, or as the Lakota say, “Hoka Hey!” Most believe that Hoka Hey means “it’s a good day to die”, and that is in fact one interpretation.

    An Interview with Todd Owens, a Civil War Medical Reeanactor

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    A Short Review of The Borderland: A Novel of Texas by Edwin Shrake (Hyperion Pub.)

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