"And for God's sake, don't let me ever hear you say, 'I can't read fiction. I only have time for the truth.' Fiction is the truth, fool! Ever hear of 'literature'? That means fiction too, stupid." -John Waters
The title of this book is taken from Henry Miller's Into The Night Life and expresses the way Lawrence Ferlinghetti felt about these poems when he wrote them during a short period in the 1950s - as if they were, taken together, a kind of Coney Island of the mind, a kind of circus of the soul. Learn More
Set against the backdrop of the turbulent 1960s, American Boy explores the trenchant issues of a century just passed: the Vietnam War, the disintegration of family, child abuse, adultery, divorce, the plight of Native Americans, the emergence of jazz, and the loss of innocence. Learn More
An Holy Spirit-less parish priest, a grandchild's possible autism diagnosis, a mother losing her sight, some Beatles, more Baltimore, a happy anniversary to an ex, Apocalypse Now - a new appreciation, a job layoff, cancer and gardening, clematis - a testimony, an overly zealous hotel clerk, a neighbor's suicide attempt, and lots more.