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Magic, Prayer & Logic: The Psychic Life of Ross Gigliotti

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Like the man himself, it’s hard not to like Ross Gigliotti’s house. It’s a cozy home, glowing with warmth and personality.  Rustic paintings absorb the gaze. The rooms smell lightly of old books and fresh incense, and from the kitchen the squawks of an exotic bird ring out into the hallway. Leading me on a little tour through the memorabilia of his life, Ross lingers in different places, giving...

Take A Knee, Make A Stand: From Abdul-Rauf to Kaepernick

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“People don’t realize what’s really going on in this country. There are a lot of things that are going on that are unjust, (things) people aren’t being held accountable for. And that’s something that needs to change. That’s something that this country stands for: freedom, liberty and justice for all.”  Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf was coming off the season of his...

Ten MLK Quotes From “The Radical King”

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We have done Dr. Martin Luther King a great disservice. By pigeonholing him as a nonviolent civil rights activist of the ’60s, we rob ourselves of the ultimate message which underpinned his ministry. Justice is not some tool to be used when politically expedient, nor does it belong to some and not to others. It is a universal right of all humanity. But in a process which Dr. Cornel West...

The Portland Book Review’s Take on Chimera

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Outside of Amazon, this is the first official review of Chimera. It’s always fascinating for a writer to see his work critiqued by an impartial observer. With no context and no connection to the book’s creator, the reviewer can only judge the book on its own merits and nothing else. The author and reviewer are strangers to one another, and only the book speaks between them. I like...

The Nightmare Didn’t Start With President Trump

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“I propose to take our countrymen’s claims of American exceptionalism seriously, which is to say I propose subjecting our country to an exceptional moral standard.” ~Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between The World and Me   My country is spiraling into toxic oblivion, and for most of the year I’ve had little to say. While my contemporaries have busied themselves with bitter rants, memes and re-tweets...

Onion-ing The Onion: Four Satirical News Articles

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Satire is the greatest form of social commentary. Good satire elicits laughter, and laughter bypasses ideology, opinion, and belief system. It’s a moment of bodily satori, realization at its purest and most unfiltered. No one does a better job of creating these hilarious satori-moments than The Onion. In fact, I’d nominate them for Most Valuable Account on my Instagram feed, right up...

Alfa Mist’s Antiphon: The Internet’s Greatest Jazz Album

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540,000 views, 650 comments, a Takuya Karoda playlist recommended in the YouTube sidebar. In 2017, these are the accolades of a new, brilliant, genre-defining jazz record. Oops, did I say record? Well that’s a little misleading, because Alfa Mist’s Antiphon is only available as a Bandcamp download, and maybe as an incandescent stream for Apple Music subscribers, but I really...

“Chimera” Finally Released From My Imagination: It’s LIT (-erature)!

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I heard the two obligatory knocks on my front door from the UPS dude and, as though our couch was equipped with a nuclear launch option, shot out of my afternoon stupor and onto the front porch. A square, brown package was resting at my feet in the sunlight. The realization dawned on me…I was about to meet my dream-book Chimera for the first time! I tore the package open without ceremony...

Four Golden Book-Bytes from the Braid

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If you’re ever in downtown Salt Lake City with some serious book-reading blues, drop by Golden Braid Books (151 south/500 east on the grid) and pay me a visit. Chances are I’ll be chillin’, maybe giving someone an aura reading, maybe finding another collection of Native American poetry to bury my nose in, maybe even writing a pithy limerick on my third cup of coffee. (This is a...

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