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Volume 3 -2017

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Rick Alan Rice (RAR) Literature Page

ATWOOD - "A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliverance" -AVAILABLE NOW FOR KINDLE (INCLUDING KINDLE COMPUTER APPS) FROM AMAZON.COM. Use this link.

CCJ Publisher Rick Alan Rice dissects the building of America in a trilogy of novels collectively called ATWOOD. Book One explores the development of the American West through the lens of public policy, land planning, municipal development, and governance as it played out in one of the new counties of Kansas in the latter half of the 19th Century. The novel focuses on the religious and cultural traditions that imbued the American Midwest with a special character that continues to have a profound effect on American politics to this day. Book One creates an understanding about America's cultural foundations that is further explored in books two and three that further trace the historical-cultural-spiritual development of one isolated county on the Great Plains that stands as an icon in the development of a certain brand of American character. That's the serious stuff viewed from high altitude. The story itself gets down and dirty with the supernatural, which in ATWOOD - A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliverance is the outfall of misfires in human interactions, from the monumental to the sublime. The book features the epic poem "The Toiler" as well as artwork by New Mexico artist Richard Padilla.

Elmore Leonard Meets Larry McMurtry

Western Crime Novel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am offering another novel through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing service. Cooksin is the story of a criminal syndicate that sets its sights on a ranching/farming community in Weld County, Colorado, 1950. The perpetrators of the criminal enterprise steal farm equipment, slaughter cattle, and rob the personal property of individuals whose assets have been inventoried in advance and distributed through a vast system of illegal commerce.

It is a ripping good yarn, filled with suspense and intrigue. This was designed intentionally to pay homage to the type of creative works being produced in 1950, when the story is set. Richard Padilla has done his usually brilliant work in capturing the look and feel of a certain type of crime fiction being produced in that era. The whole thing has the feel of those black & white films you see on Turner Movie Classics, and the writing will remind you a little of Elmore Leonard, whose earliest works were westerns. Use this link.

 

EXPLORE THE KINDLE BOOK LIBRARY

If you have not explored the books available from Amazon.com's Kindle Publishing division you would do yourself a favor to do so. You will find classic literature there, as well as tons of privately published books of every kind. A lot of it is awful, like a lot of traditionally published books are awful, but some are truly classics. You can get the entire collection of Shakespeare's works for two bucks.

You do not need to buy a Kindle to take advantage of this low-cost library. Use this link to go to an Amazon.com page from which you can download for free a Kindle App for your computer, tablet, or phone.

Amazon is the largest, but far from the only digital publisher. You can find similar treasure troves at NOOK Press (the Barnes & Noble site), Lulu, and others.


 

 

ARTIST NEWS

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM RARWRITER PUBLISHING GROUP 

Painter, Lithographer, Musician, Magician, Actor, Champion Golfer

TRIBUTE TO THE LATE ARTIST MARK STOCK - USE THIS LINK

By Elizabeth A. Kay

The Struts

The Foo Fighters are touring with an opening act that they say is the best they've ever toured with. The Struts, with Luke Spiller and his Freddie Mercury vocal stylings, leave no doubt that the bill is upside down.

The Struts are an English rock band from Derby, Derbyshire, England. The band, with guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott, and drummer Gethin Davies, is dynamite, but the real strength of The Struts is their strutting front man, vocalist Luke Spiller. If Mick Jagger could sing like Freddie Mercury he would be Spiller, who is a bit of a laughing stock showman, in the spirit of Adam Ant, but a dynamic, rangy singer. The band may not have anything signature in their makeup; not sure about original material. They reference Queen, The Darkness, the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, The Smiths, Oasis, The Libertines, The Strokes, and My Chemical Romance as their influences, and one can see every bit of all of that in their performance. I don't know if they have any wonderful music catalog, but they can pull off a classic like "Pressure" with ease and aplomb, which is a high bar to cross. You would have to have a real powerful force out front, and in Luke Spiller The Struts do.

Christmas Songs/Holiday Music

The sounds of Christmas come with a variety of natures. Some are pop fun, some spiritually reverent, and others just demented. A lot of our Christmas favorites are tender-hearted and corny, and sounded great sung by Bing and Dino and Nat King Cole, and all the other old crooners who gave us this gift of musical holiday joy. It is wonderful to the extent that one cannot imagine the holiday season without it.

Stephen Swenson Discusses His Life in Music, Dusty Drapes and the Dusters, and Cocktail Stevie

Human Relations

George Harrison

This is an old interview from Australian television around the time of the release of Harrison's 1987 Cloud Nine album. After you get past the money bickering between the then three surviving Beatles, Harrison comes off as incredibly sharp and charming, an evolved spirit in many ways; not perfect, but impressive. He demonstrates a generosity of spirit that could be equated with the season.

Human Longing

Joni Mitchell

The holiday season, and particularly Christmas, is a little double edged. Children have Christmas's that become their memories and their standard for what the season should be. As adults, many yearn to recapture that magic, and to have a relationship to share it with, which for some never materialize. Joni Mitchell captured that hurting part of the season beautifully with "The River".

The Musical Revolution that Gave us the world today

1980'S MODERN ROCK FEATURE - USE THIS LINK

Depeche Mode

Personal Jesus Bigger Now than Yesterday

Do you know that Depeche Mode is the biggest grossing act touring today? Depeche Mode. This is a band that many people, in the early '80s, were slow to accept, as they were a clear break from the abysmal corporate rock of the 1970s, and helped to define a cutting edge music in the '80s that apparently gets better with age. In fact, the band showed that arc early on, starting dancy, a little synth heavy, but then getting rather dark so that by the time they got to "Personal Jesus", which is one of the great rock songs of all time, they were a little bit frightening. There is something gritty, and even condescending, about their declaration of independence - their fierce determination to be Depeche Mode.

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd has about as much to do with Christmas as does Depeche Mode, except that watching this brief 2005 reunion concert, and the passion and perfection that they bring to their work, feels like an uplifting experience - like a holiday that reminds one what authentic pop art can be, what it can represent, and how it can feel. Roger Waters is a true believer, and a McCartney-level bassist, and that is nicely captured in this concert footage. And what can one say about David Gilmour? He was a beautiful young man with enormous musical abilities. As an old dude he seems like a spiritual and artistic sage, an example of perfection, of musical enlightenment achieved.

WWI Christmas Truce 1914

The so-called "Christmas Truce" of 1914 is well known, well documented, and much celebrated. In this video, the story is told by Walter Cronkite. Like "It's A Wonderful Life", the telling of this story is something that should be part of every holiday season. It reminds us of our humanity, and how severely that can be challenged by other competing parts of our complex natures, and by those in power to force their own complexities on others. As Tim said - "God bless us, everyone."

MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, AND MAY YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR!

 


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