What’s in a Name? Pt. 4: Moonlight, Rondo, Pearl

My love for Barry Jenkins' Moonlight and how I came up with the names for my novels Bluestone Rondo and The Weight of a Pearl. I hope Barry Jenkins discovers this blog entry so that he can tell me all the deeper meanings of his amazing story and how it became a personal memoir!

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What’s in a Name? Pt. 2: Native Son

Native Son by Richard Wright – Reading a Richard Wright novel is torture. That is why he is one of my favorite authors. He doesn’t just describe what the characters feel; Wright makes you put on their skin, drink their poison, and suffer every hot, jagged stab of their existence.

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Gay in America Before “Out” was “In”

The Stonewall Uprising occurred in 1969. Gay-bashing was suddenly all over the news, although it had been going on for decades. The word “pride” was used strictly in the context of “that’s my boy!” — but only if you were a straight boy.

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Living on a Page of History

After reading the first few pages of any good novel, readers should be involved in the lives of one or more of the characters. In a good historical novel, they should also live the culture and current events of the period in “real time.”

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