Fort Greene writer-in-residence Carl Hancock Rux has been defying conventions of art and culture since the early 1990s. I first met him ten years ago, when I worked as a bartender at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe on the Lower East Side.
When I first read a story of Linh Dinhs several years ago, I understood myself to be in the presence of an extraordinary literary voice.
The first book-length work by Elana Greenfield, author of several plays and Acting Director of the Arts in Context at the New School, At the Damascus Gate gathers together thirteen stories, dramaticules, and prose poems.
Its one of those beautiful crisp winter afternoons. Paris is cast in radiant pink light and the sun is edging toward the horizon. From my perch atop the Butte Montmartre, the city of dreams looks just as romantic as ever, even as gaggles of tourists jostle me for a ringside view, even as Iraq, death and destruction, uncertainty and the Bush administrationthe whole depressing bitcontinue to rage.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar stars as the protagonist and narrator of Imad Rahmans debut collection of stories I Dream of Microwaves. Hes a struggling method actor who drinks bourbon like water and has a predilection for the word dude. When hes not portraying ethnic criminals on Americas Most Wanted or struggling for the lead in a musical version of Apocalypse Now for dinner theater, he works in an assortment of jobs that call into question his dignity, but never his dedication or integrity as an actor.