Author Q&A with Paul Seesequasis
Author Q&A , Latest Posts / July 28, 2011

The book “Tobacco Wars” (book review) was a strange one. I’ve had several questions about ti and Mr. Seesequasis was kind enough to answer them. Q. How much of the part about Pocahontas is based on actual events? A.Only a few ‘bare’ essentials – no pun intended. Pocahontas was married to John Rolfe, she did attend Ben Jonson’s masque in London, the King was in attendance beside her, she did get pregnant. The rest is fiction, somewhat stylized as a period romance but with a deliberately sparse narrative arc – one can barely imagine what she experienced in traveling to and encountering an ‘old’ world she previously knew nothing about. It must have been dream-like to her. In its essence her ‘discovery’ goes both ways and her historical reception as an ‘Indian princess’ laid the foundation for all the romanticization of her to come. Regardless of that fact, it was integral to me that she was never a ‘victim’, even becoming an entrepreneur exporting tobacco. Q. How much of the part about Mother Bear is based on Indian legends? A.Bear exists within many Native American legends and  myths. In writing these parts, which some readers are taken aback by, I…

Book Review: Tobacco Wars By Paul Seesequasis
3 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / July 27, 2011

About: “Tobacco Wars” by Paul Seesequasis is a fictional book which traverses two dimensions. One dimension is the faux history of Pocahontas in relation to the famous crop, the second dimension is told through Indian fairytales. 113 pages Publisher: Quattro Books ISBN-10: 1926802128 My rating for Tobacco Wars – 3 Buy & Save on “Tobacco Wars” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon |Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: “Tobacco Wars” by Paul Seesequasis is a short novella which follows the imaginary adventures of Powhatan princess Pocahontas with English playwright Ben Johnson. The story unfolds in America and later in London and back in the new world. The other story follows the ancient Indian tale of the Mother Bear who gives birth to the world and moves into modern times. Pocahontas and Ben Johnson There were many adventures in the book, especially involving Pocahontas and Johnson, however, I’m not sure what the author was trying to convey in his story and the parallels between them. The parts with the Mother Bear were a bit vulgar, which is fine but it was a sharp disparity to the interesting story of Pocahontas – the contrast was really striking and maybe that…

Author Q&A with Colleen Morton Busch
Author Q&A , Latest Posts / July 25, 2011

Colleen Morton Busch wrote the non-fiction book “Fire Monks” (book review) which tells the amazing story of monks trying to save their sanctuary during the California wildfires wich ravaged the state. I’ve had some questions about the book, Zen and more which Ms. Busch was kind enough to answer. Q. What are the connections between Zen and firefighting disciplines? A. For both monks and firefighters, awareness is essential—staying present in difficult circumstances. Both learn to work closely with others, to rely on the mutual support of peers. Both often put the well-being of others before self. Q. How did Zen help the Tassajara Five face the flames? A. Zen cultivates composure—the ability to welcome whatever comes and to meet it completely and directly, without getting ensnared by ideas or emotions. During the fire, this meant that they could feel fear or anxiety but not let those emotions carry them away. It meant that they could just continue to respond to whatever needed doing because they weren’t stuck in expectations for how things “should” be or entertaining anxieties about what the next moment might bring. Q. Did you find the Tassajara Five willing to openly share their experience for the public?…

Fun Facts Friday: Raymond Chandler
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / July 22, 2011

Tomorrow we are celebrating the birth of two important people who each changed the world in their own unique ways. One of these people is author Raymond Chandler (July 23, 1888 – March 26, 1959), creator of the detective Philip Marlowe. 1) Raymond Chandler born in Chicago but raised in England. 2) He worked as a freelance journalist for several newspapers after college. 3) Chandler served during World War I in the Royal Flying Corps. 4) After the war Chandler moved to California. 5) In California Chandler was the director of … independent oil companies. 6) Chandler started writing at age 45 because he lost his job during the depression. 7) The pulp magazine “Black Mask” was the first to publish his stories. 8 ) Chandler’s first novel, “The Big Sleep” was published in 1939. 9) In his lifetime, Chandler only seven novels, but also wrote several screenplays. 10) William Faulkner wrote the screen play for “The Big Sleep”, in which Humphrey Bogart played Philip Marlowe. Zohar – Man of la Book Related articles Morning Bites: Raymond Chandler’s birthday, Stealing books, Frank Lloyd Wright’s gas station, and more ( Philip Marlowe Collection Season 1-2 / Филип Марлоу Колекция Сезон 1-2…

Book Review: First Man by James R. Hansen

The book explains some of Mr. Armstrong’s “recluse behavior”, which I for one never thought he practiced and admired him for not selling his fame, especially at this age of reality TV and other shameful displays of humanity. Several pages of this book are dedicated to misconceptions about the moon landing and Mr. Armstrong’s life, especially those circulating in cyber space, which alone is worth the price of the book.

Book Review: Next to Love by Ellen Feldman
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / July 20, 2011

About: “Next to Love “by Ellen Feldman is a fictional book which follows three childhood friends before, during and after World War II. 304 pages Publisher: Spiegel & Grau ISBN: 0812992717 The pub­lisher has made avail­able one (1) copy of “Next to Love” to be given out– enter at the end of the post. My rating for Next to Love – 4 Buy & Save on “Next to Love” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon |Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: The first thing that struck me while looking at the book was the wonderful cover. However, the name of the book put me off but I decided to give it a shot anyway. I’m glad I did, “Next to Love “by Ellen Feldman (website) is a well written book which I enjoyed. The name of the book comes from an Eric Partridge quote “War…next to love, has most captured the world’s imagination“. The book takes place between 1941 and 1964, it follows three childhood friends from a small town in Massachusetts and their struggles. The book tells an important story of those who struggle with the aftermath of the war on daily basis for the rest of…

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