John Dufresne on his 5 Favorite Books

William Trevor: Selected Stories. One of the two great fiction writers working today. He writes quiet, chilling and heartbreaking stories about people we usually don’t bother thinking about. And he writes lines like this: “Shame isn’t bad, her voice from somewhere else insists. Nor the humility that is its gift.” Alice Munro: Collected Stories. The other of the two great contemporary fiction writers. She’s fearless. Writes like a grandmother with a dagger under her cape. J. D. Salinger: Nine Stories. I read them again every few years and the best of them still break my heart: “The Laughing Man” and “For Esme with Love and Squalor.” Anton Chekhov: for…

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Meet Jevon Olea: singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist

Jevon Olea is a brilliant South Florida singer, songwriter,  and multi-instrumentalist who does his own music recording and arranges his own songs. Next month, he is set to appear at a singer/songwriter showcase and shine among other talented individuals.   Everybody loves a good jam so, of course, I had to pick Jevon’s brain!  Enjoy the interview! *** MJ: Jevon, I watched some of your videos on ReverbNation, and was very impressed by your voice—did you take any singing lessons or do you have an untrained, natural ability? JEVON: First of all, thank you very much for the opportunity to get this interview, and thank you for your…

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Katia D. Ulysse on her 5 Favorite Books

Some books you read because you feel obligated: Your work, syllabi, or well-meaning friends say you must, so you capitulate. You peruse the paragraphs with as much enthusiasm as you would an IRS audit notice. You are relieved when the last sentence is within view, like seeing land after being stranded for days on a dinghy. The part you like best about the book is closing it. No. Actually, the best part is accidentally leaving the book on a park bench or at the laundromat. Some books you treasure so much that you have to possess them. One of them becomes the cornerstone of your private library. You…

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The Man in the Yellow Coat

The French version of this story (“L’Homme au Pardessus Jaune”) will appear in “So Spoke the Earth,” an anthology due out this summer. I wrote it when I was 18; it was a finalist at the “Concours Jacques Stephen Alexis de la Nouvelle” (a literary contest) a few months later, in 1999. My friend Didier J. Desmangles illustrated the story after Gary Victor praised it. Click on the picture to enjoy the recording in English! The Man in the Yellow coat appeared in Qarrtsiluni, which offers electronic delivery of original poetry, prose, and art, organized into regular, themed issues, with a new post every weekday.

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Tu connais Mario Fontaine?

Oh, the silly things Haitian “zuzu” girls will say… If you’re from Haiti, you know what I’m talking about: the video went viral, with more than 86,000 views. And immediately everyone wondered: Who in the world is this guy? Tu connais Mario Fontaine?  Who is Mario Fontaine? I like for others to answer that question for me. Where are you from? I’m from Haiti, although I also grew up in Germany, where my parents still live. I don’t go back to Haiti often enough. I did visit after the earthquake to help out family and friends. It was my duty. How did you end up in New York?…

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