Archive for July 11th, 2021

by Sam Juliano

Moving toward the middle of July we continue to see more and more unmasked people in all places, though the Delta Varient remains an existing danger in various regions around the country and world.  Wishing all our friends and readers a nice summer, and some pleasurable down-time.

I will continue to post reviews from Allan’s unpublished book at the rate of two to three per week.

This past week J.D. Lafrance published a splendid review of Stripes.  

I have now written 30,000 words of my second novel, Irish Jesus in Fairview.  I am projecting a September completion (65,000 words expected for the total) and then the matter of publishing a second book after the first, which is still being attended to by an artist and editor.  The latter sent me the completed first half this week, and he performed superlatively.   The novel continues the narrative of Paradise Atop the Hudson, which ended in 1971 (now covering 1972 to 1978) and of course carries on with the same characters, but several new ones appear and are significantly incorporated.  Likewise, new places are added.

Summer of Soul is a visceral, kinetic and oft-electrifying blast from the past.  This extraordinary work incorporates Motown, Gospel, soul and funk into a music festival documentary featuring Mahalia Jackson, Gladys Knight and the Pips, the Staple Singers, the Fifth Dimension, Sly and the Family Stone, Steve Wonder, the Edwin Hawkins Singers and much more, culled from forty hours of footage that was stored away for decades.  The film heightens the importance fo these performers in defining a time and a culture.  5 of 5.  Highest rating. (more…)

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