Thursday, November 5, 2015

Star Wars Fan Gets Dying Wish, Sees Episode VII:The Force Awakens!

The Force is strong with Daniel Fleetwood! The 32-year-old Star Wars fanatic, who has spindle cell sarcoma, a rare cancer, got his dying wish - an advance screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Star Wars luminaries including Mark Hamill and Peter Mayhew rallied to his cause. May the Force be with them, always, for doing this beautiful thing.

The story is here on Mashable.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Notes from the Road, or Rail, Return Trip of October 18 2015

Riding the rails on an angel-headed high, and endurng so much inspiration that I don't know where to start. And, since my folks always taught me to be polite and grateful for whatever good comes my way, I owe an intergalactic thanks to Jeffrey Round for inviting me to Naked Heart: An LGBTQ Festival of Words. I'm gonna' thank those there fine fellas at Glad Day Bookshop when I get their deets. In the meantime, what a brilliant weekend. I started more conversations than one human being should start. Hopefully, I harangued, badgered, encouraged, nagged, and cheerled those authors I believe in to - in the words of Kerouac's Dean Moriartygo, go, go!

I know that I will.

Notes from the Road, or Rail, October 16 2015

Alright , then, October unrolling outside the train window, that Ray Bradbury October of leaves like fire in the trees, that October earth that Kerouac rhapsodized about so and more trees and the railway unwinding beneath the passenger car, the slate-grey clouds overhead. And, taking it all in, on my journey to Naked Heart, I have Steve Berman of Lethe Press to thank for this adventure. He published my Town & Train and has afforded me many adventures since the book came out. So my heartfelt thanks to the Duke for what his does. And the trail rolls onward.

Ottawa Review of Books covers Benoit Chartier's Red Nexus

My pal Benoit Chartier's sci-fi novel, Red Nexus, set in a dystopic future and brimming with enough ideas to make your mind bend, received a great review in The Ottawa Review of Books. Congratulations, Benoit!

Martin Bueno writes:

"Benoit Chartier’s Red Nexus is as entertaining as some of the best action movies, and at the same time compels us to reflect on values we set on family, and raises disturbing questions about what could become of corporate allegiances, should we allow them to take control of us."

The rest of the review is here