Always Running

La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A.


Author: Luis J. Rodríguez

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453259082

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 262

View: 6061

Luis J. Rodríguez’s stunning memoir—a brave, unflinching account of life in a Los Angeles street gang Luis J. Rodríguez joined his first gang at age eleven. As a teenager, he witnessed the rise of some of the most notorious cliques and sets in Southern California and knew only a life of violence—one that revolved around drugs, gang wars, and police brutality. But unlike most of those around him, Rodríguez found a way out when art, writing, and political activism rescued him from the brink of self-destruction. Always Running spares no detail in its vivid, brutally honest portrayal of street life and violence, and it stands as a powerful and unforgettable testimonial of gang life, by one of the most acclaimed Chicano writers of his generation. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Luis J. Rodríguez including rare images from the author’s personal collection.

Erledigt in Paris und London


Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG

ISBN: 3257602464

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 7947

Nach seiner Demission als Polizeioffizier in Burma landet Orwell 1933 in den Slums: bei den Arbeitslosen, Asozialen in Paris, wo er sich als Küchenhilfe in einem Luxusrestaurant verdingt; bei den Pennern von London, mit denen er durch die Gossen und Asyle pilgert. Der unsentimentale, erschütternde Bericht eines Betroffenen.

Literature Suppressed on Sexual Grounds


Author: Dawn B. Sova

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 0816071497

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 369

View: 2677

Literature Suppressed on Sexual Grounds, Revised Edition examines the issues underlying the suppression of more than 100 works deemed sexually obscene. The entries new to this edition include America by Jon Stewart, Sex by Madonna, The Buffalo Tree by Adam Rapp, and many more. Also included are updates to entries such as Forever by Judy Blume, and more

The Concrete River


Author: Luis J. Rodriguez

Publisher: N.A


Category: Poetry

Page: 125

View: 7898

Large volume of poetry, American Book Award Winner

Gangland: An Encyclopedia of Gang Life from Cradle to Grave [2 volumes]


Author: Laura L. Finley

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440844747

Category: True Crime

Page: 616

View: 9223

This two-volume set integrates informative encyclopedia entries and essential primary documents to provide an illuminating overview of trends in gang membership and activity in America in the 21st century. • Comprises approximately 200 encyclopedia entries on gangs in the United States • Illustrates entries through 16 primary documents • Provides a chronology to help readers to contextualize developments related to gang activity • Includes a Guide to Related Topics to facilitate tangential discovery • Defines terms essential to understanding the subject matter of the text in a glossary

Banned in the U.S.A.

A Reference Guide to Book Censorship in Schools and Public Libraries


Author: Herbert N. Foerstel

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313311666

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 296

View: 7469

Looks at censorship in American schools and libraries, and includes a section of the fifty most banned books from 1996 through 2000, including newcomer Harry Potter.

Hearts and Hands

Creating Community in Violent Times


Author: Luis Rodriguez

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

ISBN: 1609800575

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 369

View: 8679

Hearts and Hands deals with many of the difficult issues addressed in Luis Rodríguez’s memoir of gang life, Always Running, but with a focus on healing through community building. Empowered by his experiences as a peacemaker with gangs in Los Angeles and Chicago, Rodríguez offers a unique book of change. He makes concrete suggestions, shows how we can create nonviolent opportunities for youth today, and redirects kids into productive and satisfying lives. And he warns that we sacrifice community values for material gain when we incarcerate or marginalize people already on the edge of society. His interest in dissolving gang influence on black and latino kids is personal as well as societal; his son, to whom he dedicates Hearts and Hands, is currently serving a prison sentence for gang-related activity. With anecdotes, interviews, and time-tested guidelines, Hearts and Hands makes a powerful argument for building and supporting community life.

Hearts and Hands, Second Edition

Creating Community in Violent Times


Author: Luis J. Rodriguez

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

ISBN: 1609805542

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 409

Hearts and Hands focuses on healing through community building. Empowered by thirty years of experience with gangs in Los Angeles and Chicago, Rodríguez offers a unique book of change. He makes concrete suggestions, shows how we can create nonviolent opportunities for youth today, and redirects kids into productive and satisfying lives. And he warns that we sacrifice community values for material gain when we incarcerate or marginalize people already on the edge of society. His drive to dissolve gang influence on kids is as personal as it is societal; his son, to whom he dedicates Hearts and Hands, served more than a decade in prison for gang-related activity. With anecdotes, interviews, and time-tested guidelines, Hearts and Hands makes a powerful argument for building and supporting community life. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Blues für Vollmond und Kojote



Author: Christopher Moore

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641084504

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 5387

Der junge erfolgreiche Versicherungsmakler Sam Hunter hat ein Problem und ein Geheimnis. Das Problem: Er hat immer noch nicht die richtige Frau gefunden. Sein Geheimnis: Sam heißt in Wirklichkeit „Samson jagt allein“ und ist Indianer. So ist es kein Wunder, dass der alte indianische Gott und Spaßvogel „Kojote“ auftaucht, um Sam mit der hinreißenden Calliope zusammenzubringen. Doch damit fängt das Chaos erst an ... • Vom Autor der Bestseller „Die Bibel nach Biff“ und „Ein todsicherer Job“.

City of quartz

Ausgrabungen der Zukunft in Los Angeles


Author: Mike Davis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783935936378


Page: 421

View: 6396

Poems Across the Pavement

25th Anniversary Edition


Author: Luis J. Rodriguez

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781882688487

Category: Poetry

Page: 60

View: 3500

Tia Chucha Press started twenty-five years ago in Chicago with the publication of Luis J. Rodriguez's first book, Poems Across the Pavement. As founder/editor of the Press, Rodriguez has sincepublished more than fifty poetry collections of quality crosscultural U.S. poets, as well as anthologies, chapbooks, and a CD. Tia Chucha Press is now a project of Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles, which Rodriguez helped create in 2001 with his wife Trini. We are honored to announce the 25th Anniversary Edition of Poems Across the Pavement—close to twenty poems of an emerging poet that began a prolific writing career.

Borrowed Bones

New Poems from the Poet Laureate of Los Angeles


Author: Luis J. Rodriguez

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780810133648

Category: Poetry

Page: 36

View: 1096

Foreword by Martín Espada This chapbook collection offers new poems from the prolific career of a community leader, activist, and healer. Luis J. Rodríguez’s work asks profound questions of us as readers and fellow humans, such as, "If society cooperates, can we nurture the full / and healthy development of everyone?" In his introductory remarks, Martín Espada describes the poet as a man engaged in people and places: "Luis Rodríguez is a poet of many tongues, befitting a city of many tongues. He speaks English, Spanish, ‘Hip Hop,’ ‘the Blues,’ and ‘cool jazz.’ He speaks in ‘mad solos.’ He speaks in ‘People’s Sonnets.’ He speaks in the language of protest. He speaks in the language of praise."

Conversations with Ilan Stavans


Author: Ilan Stavans

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 9780816522644

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 214

View: 6853

For almost twenty years, Ilan StavansÑdescribed by the Washington Post as "Latin AmericaÕs liveliest and boldest critic and most innovative cultural enthusiast"Ñhas interviewed path-breaking intellectuals and artists in a wide range of media. As host of the critically acclaimed PBS series La Plaza, he interviews guests on pressing issues that affect the Western Hemisphere today, asking hard-hitting questions on immigration, religion, bilingualism, race, and democracy. This book collects for the first time in one volume StavansÕs most provocative and enlightening interviews with Hispanics from both sides of the Rio Grande. Spontaneous and surprising, these conversations reflect Latino life in the United States in all its facets. Among the more than two dozen selections, Edward James Olmos talks about Hispanics in Hollywood; John Leguizamo describes how he shapes a stage show; author Richard Rodriguez reflects on his gang background; Esmeralda Santiago takes on the Puerto Rican stereotype; and Piri Thomas shares thoughts on the writing of Down These Mean Streets. "A conversation is a tango," writes Stavans, "for it takes two to dance it." Conversations with Ilan Stavans invites readers to catch the rhythm and enjoy these unique meetings of minds.

Palo Alto



Author: James Franco


ISBN: 3838717651

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 9951

"Franco ist seine eigene Spezies", schrieb der Spiegel über Hollywoods größtes Talent. Der Schauspieler, Regisseur und Künstler debütiert nun auch als Autor: mit eindringlichen, erschütternden Geschichten aus dem Herzen einer verlorenen Generation. "Vor zehn Jahren, in meinem zweiten Jahr an der Highschool, habe ich an Halloween eine Frau getötet." Die kalifornischen Teenager in James Francos Geschichten wachsen behütet auf, trotzdem haben sie ihre Unschuld längst verloren. Sie experimentieren mit Drogen und Sex, sie sind berauscht und gelangweilt, sie spielen mit ihrem Leben, das doch gerade erst begonnen hat. Zugleich kindlich und weise, mitleidlos und empfindsam, sind sie immer auf der Suche nach dem Erlebnis, das die Leere füllt, die Sehnsucht tötet. Sie treffen einen, diese Storys, unerwartet und tief. Unsentimental, in ihrer Reduziertheit fast klassisch, entfalten sie eine klaustrophobische, bedrohliche Atmosphäre, die sich in Momenten drastischen Humors und überraschend zarter Schönheit entlädt. "Palo Alto" ist die beeindruckende erste Probe einer neuen literarischen Stimme.

My Nature is Hunger

New & Selected Poems, 1989-2004


Author: Luis J. Rodriguez

Publisher: Curbstone Press


Category: History

Page: 149

View: 9612

My Nature Is Hunger is the first poetry collection in five years by the major award-winning Latino author, Luis Rodriguez. It includes selections from his previous books, Poems Across the Pavement, The Concrete River, and Trochemoche, and 26 new poems that reflect his increasingly global view, his hard-won spirituality, and his movement toward reconciliation with his family and his past.

The Culture and Politics of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs


Author: Josephine Metcalf

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1617032824

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 9636

The publication of Sanyika Shakur’s Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member in 1993 generated a huge amount of excitement in literary circles—New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani deemed it a “shocking and galvanic book”—and set off a new publishing trend of gang memoirs in the 1990s. The memoirs showcased tales of violent confrontation and territorial belonging but also offered many of the first journalistic and autobiographical accounts of the much-mythologized gang subculture. In The Culture and Politics of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs, Josephine Metcalf focuses on three of these memoirs—Shakur’s Monster; Luis J. Rodriguez’s Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A.; and Stanley “Tookie” Williams’s Blue Rage, Black Redemption—as key representatives of the gang autobiography. Metcalf examines the conflict among violence, thrilling sensationalism, and the authorial desire to instruct and warn competing within these works. The narrative arcs of the memoirs themselves rest on the process of conversion from brutal, young gang bangers to nonviolent, enlightened citizens. Metcalf analyzes the emergence, production, marketing, and reception of gang memoirs. Through interviews with Rodriguez, Shakur, and Barbara Cottman Becnel (Williams's editor), Metcalf reveals both the writing and publishing processes. This book analyzes key narrative conventions, specifically how diction, dialogue, and narrative arcs shape the works. The book also explores how the memoirs are consumed. This interdisciplinary study—fusing literary criticism, sociology, ethnography, reader-response study, and editorial theory—brings scholarly attention to a popular, much-discussed, but understudied modern expression.

Rapper, Writer, Pop-Cultural Player

Ice-T and the Politics of Black Cultural Production


Author: Dr Josephine Metcalf,Dr Will Turner

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472418379

Category: Social Science

Page: 358

View: 4581

This collection of essays critically engages with factors relating to black urban life and cultural representation in the post-civil rights era, using Ice-T and his myriad roles as musician, actor, writer, celebrity, and industrialist as a vehicle through which to interpret and understand the African American experience. Over the past three decades, African Americans have faced a number of new challenges brought about by changes in the political, economic and social structure of America. Furthermore, this vastly changed social landscape has produced a number of resonant pop-cultural trends that have proved to be both innovative and admired on the one hand, and contentious and divisive on the other. Ice-T’s iconic and multifarious career maps these shifts. This is the first book that, taken as a whole, looks at a black cultural icon's manipulation of (or manipulation by?) so many different forms simultaneously. The result is a fascinating series of tensions arising from Ice-T’s ability to inhabit conflicting pop-cultural roles including: ’hardcore’ gangsta rapper and dedicated philanthropist; author of controversial song Cop Killer and network television cop; self-proclaimed ‘pimp’ and reality television house husband. As the essays in this collection detail, Ice-T’s chameleonic public image consistently tests the accepted parameters of black cultural production, and in doing so illuminates the contradictions of a society erroneously dubbed ‘post-racial’.