RARWRITER PUBLISHING GROUP PRESENTS

CREATIVE CULTURE JOURNAL

at www.RARWRITER.com      

--------------------"The best source on the web for what's real in arts and entertainment" ---------------------------

Volume 1-2016

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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.

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Currently on RARadio:

"On to the Next One" by Jacqueline Van Bierk

"I See You Tiger" by Via Tania

"Lost the Plot" by Amoureux"

Bright Eyes, Black Soul" by The Lovers Key

"Cool Thing" by Sassparilla

"These Halls I Dwell" by Michael Butler

"St. Francis"by Tom Russell & Gretchen Peters, performance by Gretchen Peters and Barry Walsh; 

"Who Do You Love?"by Elizabeth Kay; 

"Rebirth"by Caterpillars; 

"Monica's Frock" by Signel-Z; 

"Natural Disasters" by Corey Landis; 

"1,000 Leather Tassels" by The Blank Tapes; 

"We Are All Stone" and "Those Machines" by Outer Minds; 

"Another Dream" by MMOSS; "Susannah" by Woolen Kits; 

Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and other dead celebrities / news by A SECRET PARTY;

"I Miss the Day" by My Secret Island,  

"Carriers of Light" by Brendan James;

"The Last Time" by Model Stranger;

"Last Call" by Jay;

"Darkness" by Leonard Cohen; 

"Sweetbread" by Simian Mobile Disco and "Keep You" fromActress off the Chronicle movie soundtrack; 

"Goodbye to Love" from October Dawn; 

Trouble in Mind 2011 label sampler; 

Black Box Revelation Live on Minnesota Public Radio;

Apteka "Striking Violet"; 

Mikal Cronin's "Apathy" and "Get Along";

Dana deChaby's progressive rock

 

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Rick Alan Rice (RAR) Literature Page

ATWOOD - "A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliverance" -AVAILABLE NOW FOR KINDLE (INCLUDING KINDLE COMPUTER APPS) FROM AMAZON.COM. Use this link.

CCJ Publisher Rick Alan Rice dissects the building of America in a trilogy of novels collectively calledATWOOD. 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 Deliveranceis the outfall of misfires in human interactions, from the monumental to the sublime. The book features the epic poem "The Toiler" as well as artwork by New Mexico artist Richard Padilla.

Elmore Leonard Meets Larry McMurtry

Western Crime Novel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. Use this link.

 

EXPLORE THE KINDLE BOOK LIBRARY

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 atNOOK Press (the Barnes & Noble site), Lulu, and others.


 

 

About the Creative Culture Journal at RARWRITER.com

RARWRITER
CONTRIBUTOR PROSPECTUS

RARWRITER.com is exploding with new readers, new artist profiles, and new business opportunities. Would you like to become involved as an editorial contributor? If you are a great writer or photographer with particular knowledge of your creative community, and you are looking for publishing credits, contact us at Rick@RARWRITER.com for a copy of the RARWRITER Contributor Prospectus to learn what involvement can mean for you.-RAR

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RARWRITER.com Annual "State of the Union" Report 2008-2009.

Click here for information about RARWRITER.com viewership and the further development of the RARWRITER enterprise.

 

About RARWRITER.COM

RARWRITER.com was launched in early 2006 as a personal website, designed to showcase the creative outputs of yours truly, Rick Alan Rice (RAR). Initially if people found this site, it was likely due to investigations into my alt-existence as a San Francisco Bay Area-based technical writer. They were often following a link from my site at  RickARice.com, where my professional background and experience is covered in great detail. 

I introduced my "other" self to these accidental tourists by writing "If you somehow stumbled upon this site directly, I'm still a technical writer and editor in the Bay Area but I'm also a songwriter, novelist and host to an Internet-based creative community (see Links below), and that may be why you are here." None of that has changed.

 

RARWRITER STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

I wrote - "This site is a mainline injection of the stuff that seeps from my pores. It is a public repository for that which is mine and has not been surrendered to publishers, agents, A&R people, or any of the gatekeepers of the commercial public domain. I make that distinction because, for a while at least, the domains of the Internet are all equal and expressions can be delivered in pure form. 

"This site is devoted to passion. There are original compositions in music and literature, opinion and insight, and herein you will find a personal philosophy. 

"My unabashed belief is that we should all strive for a kind of self-defined greatness free of obeisance to changing popular conventions. I am a big believer in the "inner life" thing; nurture it and let it flow naturally outward until it is elevated and generous. 

 

"It - my internal pursuit is in music and words - sort of takes the edge off a humdrum day. 

"As a writer, I am a prolific polymath. I have never drawn much distinction between my various writing interests, though legion are those who have suggested I should. (We often encourage others to limit themselves.) The arc of my creative life has been that I started writing in grade school, first with short stories and fictional narratives, then as a songwriter after becoming a musician, then as a journalist, a novelist, a critic, a writer of non-fiction, a playwright. There have been crossovers from avocation to vocation, but more often than not I have found that the re-gearing required to turn inspiration into filthy lucre just hasnít been worth it. One finds oneself making compromises, trying to squeeze into molds to fit current styles, regurgitating the ideas of others. The people I admire Ė Faulkner, Poe, Kerouac, Vonnegut, Dylan Thomas, Thomas Wolfe, Thomas Pynchon, Sam Shepherd, Robert Altman, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and others Ė didnít do that, and they created works of lasting value. Besides, the world has changed. As markets have become more segmented and niche-oriented big returns on compromise just arenít there Ė so letís not do it! Rather, let us look within, find and trust in ourselves."

As the site has evolved, that spirit of independence has become its organizing concept, most typified by "The Links at RARWRITER," the part of the site that has become popular for its artists profiles. 

This site has always been about the individual pursuit of artistry that has a capacity to effect positive change in the world. All of the artists profiled on The Links are emissaries to this higher calling. 

The creative people profiled on this site have grown from a community of friends and associates, with a shared history, to become a confederation of like-minded spirits from all over the planet who are trying to give voice to this brave new technological world we have made for ourselves - the world of the Internet, which at least for now re-levels the creative playing field and gives talented people of every stripe an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution for the betterment of us all. This is the purpose of The Links.

 

VISIT RAR'S PERSONAL PAGES FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON YOUR HOST

Amid all of this altruism you may still find information on your humble host. While the site has been reorganized time and again, the original pages are still here. Click on the links below for the information provided.

 

BIO

A brief biography of RAR's early years is provided.  

 

MUSIC BY RAR   

On this page are demo versions of original music compositions. They are provided in their complete versions and while they are subject to all appropriate copyright protections you are welcome to download them for your own enjoyment and share them with others. The vocals, guitar performances, arrangements, production, engineering, and notations for midi instrumentation are my own. This page is updated regularly to feature new material, or new recordings of old original material.  

 

LITERATURE        

This page provides an overview of the long and short fiction, screenplays, and non-fiction that I have written, and provides links to excerpts for some works.  Again, all material on this site is copyrighted and cannot be reproduced without my written consent.  

 

VERSE

This page offers stuff that rhymes -- original poetry and lyrics. The material is copyrighted.  

 

ESSAY   

I have never been short on opinions and this page is dedicated to ruminations and viewpoints on politics, social issues, life, and popular culture.  

 

PROJECTS            

I am always working on publishing projects of one kind or another, and on this page is information on what is currently in the works.  

 

 

Marin Headlands - Fall 1984

 

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