It’s less than two months until Civil War hits cinemas, and we’re going to need double that amount of time to prepare our feels. The newest trailer gives us glimpses of everyone’s…
When I first heard about the Taiwanese Night Market in Brooklyn, I knew I had to get tickets right away. Featuring authentic Taiwanese dishes, the Night Market hosted a variety of vendors (including A-Pou Dumplings, CBao Easter, Wooly’s, and TKettle) selling yummy dishes such as shaved ice, baos, boba, green tea brownies, pig ears, tofu, noodles, and Taiwanese sausages. It was a laid back environment with great food. The cherry on top: a view of New York City from across the water at dusk.
Images by Lauren
It’s National Soul Food Month. Yes there is such a thing! I thought I might take you on a tour of one of the sources of soul, the early Chesapeake. I’ve written frequently about the Chesapeake being the first “Creole cuisine,” in mainland Anglo America. That is, it’s the first in which Native American, West and Central African, and European foodways linked in the context of the larger Atlantic world and with it, an even larger African diaspora.
Soul Food is the memory cuisine of the great grandchildren of the enslaved, not the food that the enslaved ate. The “proto – Southern” food, to borrow a phrase from Dr. Leni Sorensen, was breaking away from its British roots while acquiring carefully laced layers of other cultures, all negotiated in the hands and minds of thousands of diverse cooks. Some 80 plus different peoples made up this exchange…they were Pamunkey and…
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I’ve made some pretty significant changes to this WordPress blog, basically overhauling it in all but design. The original purpose was to help me promote the work I’ve done as an editor, in the hopes of finding more work to do. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case.
What I came to realize, though, is that I do have a fairly significant output of various media that I’d like to be able to share with everyone, as well as to have a place for me to sort of gather all the various bits and pieces I have scattered around the internet. I’m proud of what I’ve done, the experiences I’ve had, and I’m happy to share them with anyone who is willing to give them their attention.
So, with that, there are several new sections to take a look at highlighting some of my favorite album reviews, interviews (transcribed and on video), videos that I’ve worked on, and photos I’ve taken, either at shows, out and about, or as some kind of actual session or setting.
It’s very much a work in progress and I’ll be updating it as much as possible, as I have different items published on the various sites I write for.
Thanks for paying attention, no matter how much or little. I appreciate it.
Here is a video teaser for Samuel Sattin’s debut novel League of Somebodies, which releases April 9th, 2013, from Dark Coast Press.
Music/theme is by John Pennington, also known as Atmospherium.
Also, incredibly proud of my friend Frank Barbiere and the release of his comic, Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray, out on Image Comics. Issue #1 releases today, and is available at your local comic shop, on Comixology, or through Image Comics.
It’s never been more important to support new artists and endeavors, so I’m thrilled and proud to be able to share these works with you. Both are debut works by promising new talent, so I can’t recommend them enough. If you like either of them, or both, recommend them to someone else or share this page.
League of Somebodies, by Samuel Sattin, will be released in April through Dark Coast Press. Working as lead editor on this project was an absolutely singular experience. Sam is a tremendous new literary voice, and was so much fun to work with.
“League of Somebodies is so rich with originality that it’s actually radioactive. If you captured Owen Meany in a literary time machine and fed him a strict diet of comic books and plutonium, you would come up with a main character a hell of a lot more well-adjusted than Lenard Sikophsky. Read at your own risk and beware: laughter is the first sign of infection.”
–Mat Johnson, author of Pym, Incognegro, and Dark Rain
Lenard Sikophsky’s father has been feeding him plutonium since the age of six in the hopes of making him the world’s first bona fide superhero. First, he must pass the unusual tests of manhood locked in the centuries old tomb, The Manaton, a secret relic passed down for generations. Falling in love with the beautiful, compulsively suicidal Laura Moskowitz doesn’t make his life any easier. But with the guidance of the Sikophsky men, the antiquated rulebook, and of course a healthy amount of plutonium, Lenard accepts his fate as an exactor of justice. . . .
Twenty years later, Lenard’s son Nemo is introduced to the same destiny as his father, only this time the violent entity called THEY are in dangerous pursuit. Lenard’s life and the legacy of his family are put to the test when he is forced to defend everything he loves.
Swell, by Corwin Ericson, was released through Dark Coast Press in October of 2011. This was my first major editorial project. It was challenging, fun, and an amazing opportunity to learn. I couldn’t be happier with the end result.
The tiny Northeast island of Bismuth keeps getting smaller for Orange Whippey.
Stranded on Wreck Rock, a bad day only gets worse when Orange is conscripted into service on board the Wendy’s Mom. After a drunken fall from the ruins of a navy ship and the ill-advised ingestion of a stimulating new drug, Orange is rescued by Angie Bombardier, a fetching and forthright fellow Islander. But with the arrival of Snorri—a Finlindian whale herder on a quest to find the fabled Hyperborea—and Waldena—a harpoon wielding Thor-cult priestess—the waters surrounding Bismuth get rough and Orange finds himself at the center of a search for a missing package. Rumors swirl and dangers escalate, turning the serene isle upside-down. For things to be set right again, the package must be found and given to its rightful recipient.
Snorri is well-heeled and fiercely indomitable, yet drawn to Orange’s own personal brand of complacency and coerces him into joining ranks. Korean smugglers also enlist Orange’s help with their search (among other things ). At the same time Waldena pursues the package for her own reasons. Perilous, yet lithe, her frequent interrogations leave Orange terrified but oddly excited . . . that is until he learns that his life might actually be in danger.
A vast North Atlantic is teeming with mythical whales and epic tales. Cruising the open water, Orange drinks gallons of coffee and beer, barbeques squid, and even stumbles into a sweltering sauna with the alluring Bombardier sisters. Aboard the Honeypaws, he is set on course to encounter an ancient council that is helping secretly create the WhaleNet, a cell phone network made of migrating whales. The council’s possible ulterior motives could hold the surprising and bizarre resolution to Orange’s journey.
Drawing from the various satiric traditions of Neil Gaiman, Thomas Pynchon, and Christopher Moore, Swell is full of legend and lore, big fish stories, and unforgettable humor.
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Today we read the book Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan A. Shea. After reading it, we reviewed some of the other books we’ve read in the last week, as part of our 100 Books in 100 Days. I asked each child to tell me which one was their favorite. A few of the children couldn’t decide between two of their favorites, so they commented on more than one.
“The cat didn’t know what his name meant. I liked the cat.”“I really liked when Wabi Sabi wanted to know what wabi sabi was about.”“The monkey holding the bowl looked funny. When Wabi Sabi found home, the Master was worried about him. Did the Master have kung fu skills? Masters have kung fu skills, you know?”
Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa by Veronica Chambers, illustrated by Julie…
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