Book Review: Pimp: The Story of My Life

By Chris Bunton Pimp: The Story of My Life, written by Robert Beck, A.K.A Iceberg Slim, was one of the best street crime books I have read. It was very well written and flowed like a dream. It kept you turning pages and interested throughout. Not only was the book good. But the history thatContinue reading “Book Review: Pimp: The Story of My Life”

“Former Hangouts”

By Derek Quint “Former Hangouts” is a documentary by Derek Quint. It is produced by Addovolt Productions, and narrated by Stefanie Erdmann. The film shows us several “Former Hangouts” of Al Capone, in the Chicago, Wisconsin and Iowa areas. The trailer for the film gives this description: “Former Hangouts” approaches established Capone-related topics and locationsContinue reading ““Former Hangouts””

Meet the Medieval Mafia #5

By Jon Tait BLACK WALTER’ SELBY AND THE MITFORD GANG If you were going to give the Black Walter Selby story the full Hollywood treatment,you’d want to cast someone like Joe Pesci as the main man. Getting some of that swagger and psychotic stage presence would be essential for the big screen, for sure. StickContinue reading “Meet the Medieval Mafia #5”

Beauty Brings Beasts

By Emily Kitazawa “Beauty is a curse on the world. It keeps us from seeing who the real monsters are.” – The Carver WHEN EVELYN WAS a young girl, she remembered the strangely exotic feel of her mother’s hair-prickled calves on her tender hands, evoking the same fascination of one’s first time touching a hithertoContinue reading “Beauty Brings Beasts”

Follow The Stream Back Up

By Charles Jacobson On a bitter January morning, when Richie and I should have been trudging through the snow to our IT classes at the University of Minnesota, our backs were jammed against a freezing curb, wrangling a junkyard transmission into a ‘53 Packard straight-eight.  The massive car was jacked up on blocks. The UltramaticContinue reading “Follow The Stream Back Up”

The Education of a Young Gentleman

By Charlie Jacobson And I eat men like air.—from Plath, Sylvia. “Lady Lazarus.” 1962. *** “Charles!” “Uh?” “Richie has a flat.” I rolled out of bed and stumbled after my mother into the kitchen. She thrust a receiver into my hand and lit a Chesterfield. I grunted. “Richie?” “Git your ass over here.” The lineContinue reading “The Education of a Young Gentleman”