- Issue 3 of the independent Arts Journal Soledad is now available on Amazon! It’s jammed packed with tributes to Blondie and the late Carol Lynley. Short fiction by Les Bohem and Robert Monell. Essays by Tara Hanks, Dave Stewart, Marcelline Block, Laura Kupp Beerman, and Jeremy R Richey. Poetry by Emily Claire Bryant. Photography by Amy Pangburn and interviews with Steven Darrow, Teenage Cavegirl and yours truly!
Don Kurtwood, a university professor, and his father were never close. The only thing they had in common was a love of books, though their tastes were far apart. Don favored the classics while his father was strictly a reader of pulp fiction: mysteries, thrillers and especially westerns and the works of Max Brand and Louis L’ Amour. He read them over and over/
Notified of his father’s death, Don returns home to attend the funeral, help his Mom grieve, and clean up the hundreds and hundreds of paperbacks collected over the years (Mom already disposed of many boxes filled with books, but there are more). During the Viewing, surrounded by family and friends, a stranger approaches Don. He wants Don to come to his bookstore later that evening, claiming to have important information about Don’s father. Don felt the man was a greedy collector interested in buying his father’s collection of pulp fiction and had nerve showing up before his Dad was even in the ground.
Late that evening, Don goes to the man’s used bookstore, only to find the owner dead. During the police investigation into the store owner’s death, Don discovers the owner was not interested in purchasing his father’s book collection, his interest was in only one particular book. A western novel (Rides A Stranger) written by his father. This comes as a shock! His father never wrote a book and never spoke about writing a book. Don’s mother claims he did nothing but reading and watch TV during all their years of marriage. Did Dad have another life in the past that he never revealed?
Written by David Bell, Rides A Stranger, a short story, is not only a good mystery but an insightful look into asking how well do we know people, even our closest family members.
In Jenna Moquin’s short story, The Sublime Life, we meet Deke Mueller. Deke is an aspiring writer, but he fears success. He learned early on bad things can happen. You see, Deke’s mother was an author too and right after she became a success she died of pancreatic cancer. Deke fears life will repeat itself and his life will also be cut short if he is successful. He rather be a living failure than a dead success. Jenna Moquin has created a cautionary tale focusing on the fear of success. You want it but at what cost. Many creative artists fear both failure and success and will easily relate.
The latest issue of the independent arts magazine Soledad includes an interview with yours truly and is now available on Amazon! The jam-packed issue includes fiction by Les Bohem and Robert Monell. New interviews with Steven Darrow about his career and his bands (Sonic Medusa-L.A. and Sister Midnight) and with Andy Ray Lemon and his L.A. band Teenage Cavegirl. Also included are essays by Tara Harks, Marcelline Block, Laura Kupp Beerman, Dave Ess and much more.
Part Four of my Autumn in Maine series.
On the Road to Arcadia
Owl’s Head Lighthouse
More photographs from a recent trip to Maine. Check out Autumn in Main – Part One here.
Arcadia National Park
Flowers – Bar Harbor
A few photographs from a recent trip to Maine, More to come.
Arcadia National Park
If you like black comedy, check out the Netflix’s show, DEAD TO ME. Two women (Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini) meet at a grief counseling session and become close friends. The bitter Applegate lost her husband in a hit and run. The flakey Cardellini lost her rich boyfriend who is still very much alive. Though this “Odd Couple” become friends supporting each other, there are dark hidden secrets and unexpected compelling twists that could rip their relationship and lives apart if exposed.