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ABOUT RAR: For those of
you new to this site, "RAR" is Rick Alan Rice, the publisher
of the RARWRITER Publishing Group websites.
Use this link to visit the
RAR music page, which features original music
compositions and other.
Use this link
to visit Rick Alan Rice's publications page, which
features excerpts from novels and other.
Use the RARADIO link to go to
our radio page, where you will hear songs you are not likely
to hear elsewhere.
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ATWOOD - "A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliverance" -AVAILABLE
NOW FOR KINDLE (INCLUDING KINDLE COMPUTER APPS) FROM
CCJ Publisher Rick Alan Rice dissects
the building of America in a trilogy of novels
collectively called ATWOOD. Book One explores
the development of the American West through the
lens of public policy, land planning, municipal
development, and governance as it played out in one
of the new counties of Kansas in the latter half of
the 19th Century. The novel focuses on the religious
and cultural traditions that imbued the American
Midwest with a special character that continues to
have a profound effect on American politics to this
day. Book One creates an understanding about
America's cultural foundations that is further
explored in books two and three that further trace
the historical-cultural-spiritual development of one
isolated county on the Great Plains that stands as
an icon in the development of a certain brand of
American character. That's the serious stuff viewed
from high altitude. The story itself gets down and
dirty with the supernatural, which in ATWOOD
- A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliverance is the
outfall of misfires in human interactions, from the
monumental to the sublime. The
book features the epic poem "The
well as artwork by New Mexico artist Richard
Meets Larry McMurtry
I am offering another
novel through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing service.
Cooksin is the story of a criminal syndicate that sets its
sights on a ranching/farming community in Weld County, Colorado,
1950. The perpetrators of the criminal enterprise steal farm
equipment, slaughter cattle, and rob the personal property of
individuals whose assets have been inventoried in advance and
distributed through a vast system of illegal commerce.
It is a ripping good yarn, filled
with suspense and intrigue. This was designed intentionally to
pay homage to the type of creative works being produced in 1950,
when the story is set. Richard Padilla
has done his usually brilliant work in capturing the look and feel of
a certain type of crime fiction being produced in that era. The
whole thing has the feel of those black & white films you see on
Turner Movie Classics, and the writing will remind you a little
of Elmore Leonard, whose earliest works were westerns.
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EXPLORE THE KINDLE
If you have not explored the books
available from Amazon.com's Kindle Publishing
division you would do yourself a favor to do so. You
will find classic literature there, as well as tons
of privately published books of every kind. A lot of
it is awful, like a lot of traditionally published
books are awful, but some are truly classics. You
can get the entire collection of Shakespeare's works
for two bucks.
You do not need to buy a Kindle to
take advantage of this low-cost library. Use
this link to go to an Amazon.com page from which you
can download for free a Kindle App for
your computer, tablet, or phone.
Amazon is the largest,
but far from the only digital publisher. You can
find similar treasure troves at NOOK
Barnes & Noble site), Lulu,
Often referred to as the Ellis Island of Los Angeles, the
neighborhood east of downtown known as Boyle Heights has been the first
stop for several waves of immigration. Since the 1940s, it has
transformed into a largely Mexican-American enclave and the center of
Chicano culture and activism in the city.
As other parts of Los Angeles have seen real estate prices climb
steadily, many in Boyle Heights have expressed concern about
gentrification, particularly after several art galleries moved into an
industrial stretch. The battle between the galleries and activists
reached a peak last fall when someone spray-painted a vulgar statement
condemning “white art” on the door of one gallery and a hate-crime
investigation was opened.
Almost from the moment it opened its doors last year Pssst, a
nonprofit gallery, and its creators, have been the focus of protests and
criticism on social media.
Last month, they announced they could no longer tolerate it. They
were closing up shop.
“This persistent targeting, which was often highly personal in
nature, was made all the more intolerable because the artists we engaged
are queer, women, and/or people of color,” they said on their website.
“We could no longer continue to put already vulnerable communities at
Defend Boyle Heights, one of the activist groups that has called for
a boycott of the galleries, said that it considered the closing a
victory and that it hoped other galleries would soon follow suit.
The response has raised alarms for many of the other galleries in the
area. Ethan Swan, one of the directors of 356 Mission, which has been
there since 2013, said that he had tried to arrange a meeting with local
activists, but that he had been repeatedly turned down.
“We want to be thoughtful about our presence and what it was that we
could do or how we could work together for a better future for this
neighborhood and how it might shift,” he said. “But their position is an
uncompromising one since they don’t see a solution unless we leave.”
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