The Curtain Call with JRC 10_06_18

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Saludos, mi gente!

We are happy to bring another installation of the Curtain Call.  Originally, I intended to review and discuss Bronx Film Wednesdays at Pregones Theatre.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, I was unable to attend. We will be taking another approach to this weeks installation.  This past Thursday, I attended the run thru rehearsal of Lehman College’s Jesus Hopped the A train. This production is filled with passion and real themes and problems.  The cast has been rehearsing for the last few weeks and they have grown leaps and bounds. This production showcase two main characters Lucius Jenkins and Angel Cruz.

Both men are being prosecuted for murder.  Angel has a very pessimistic attitude when meeting Lucius in the jail yard.  Lucius has a more cheery disposition considering he is facing the death penalty for the 8 murders he committed.  The actors of this production have done their homework well. The passion and emotion of the real themes of this production can be easily seen as Lucius and Angel exchange some tense but at times lighthearted dialogue.

Lucius’ levity offers a window into the man that he might have been if he had not gone down this path.  We are shown a god fearing but lord embracing one as well. He loves his God but also his fellow man. Angel does not share his faith sentiments, will not at first anyway.  Angel is first seen as an unrepentant cocky prisoner. His first interview with his attorney is highlighted by Angel continually remarking, “I just shot him in the ass!” It is through his interactions with Lucius, his Attorney, Mary Jane, and the ball busting at times sadistic guard, Valdez, that we begin to see the true essence of Angel.

Lucius’ demeanor and overall attitude is forever changed when he is given the news that he will be taken down to Florida where he will be executed.  It is in the moments after that we are given a glimpse into the essence of the true Lucius. A cold and calculated killer would not want to face this outcome but would not show the remorse that Jenkins does.  Angel is moved by this shift in Lucius and begins to reflect on his actions and where they may lead him.

The hard work accomplished by this cast is truly commendable.  This production is seeming to provide a unique and memorable experience.

Be sure to check it out.  Jesus Hopped the A Train will be playing in the Studio Theatre from Wednesday, October 17th through Saturday, October 20th.

Next week, we will examine Shine, a new film that examines the determination of the Puerto Rican spirit when faced with the forces of gentrification.

 

Until Next time

Your Humble Servant,

JRC

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Fantasea is inspired by the song Fantasea by Azalea Banks. It’s semi aquatic theme with it’s high pitched background vocal made me imagine the photo you see in this post, and an underwater club scene. Also, I was ready to take my braids off until I wondered, “What’s a good way to part ways with this hurr?”. Then I figured that a semi-submerged photo shoot was the best way, resulting in this image. I tinted my eyes Blue and Silver to represent my femininity and masculinity, and added pupils to them. I also added a “tattoo” of my personal symbol, because if I were to get one, that’s what it would look like.

Dream Highlights #2

Before I get to the highlights, I wanted to mention the most exciting part of the last week in my dream journal world: the last journal was filled and I started a new one! Coincidentally, both the old journal and this new one were both gifts given to me for Christmas last year. I always like to have at least one unopened journal waiting, so that once I finish one journal I can move on right away. Now for some highlights from the past week I enjoyed:

“There was talk of an approaching storm. We all kept our eyes glued to the windows, watching the horizon. Night gave way to morning and it felt like I didn’t sleep very much. I got up and joined the others who were already going outside to get a better view in the light. The sky was gray with clouds. It was snowing, the continuation of a blizzard that had started during the night. I could see the snow stacked up on the mountain peaks in the distance.” -night of 9/30/18

“When they were gone, we discussed what to do and decided that we should search the forest together for the skeletons. We needed them as evidence of what had been done, and we thought it would be right to turn them over to the authorities so they could be buried properly. We dug through clumps of wet leaves with our bare hands in the darkness.” -night of 9/27/18

“I walked down the hallway with someone. I wasn’t sure why I was there. This was the first time I’d even heard of the place. I was shown into a room and told that it was mine. I remember standing inside and talking to someone else while looking out the window…. I turned back to look at the person I was talking to, because watching that had brought back a forgotten memory. ‘The reason I’m here is because I cannibalized someone,’ I said slowly.” -night of 9/26/18

-Milena

Queer Media Mondays # 6: Sesame Workshop and the Public Response to Bert and Ernie

Bert and Ernie

Good morning (evening) Obscurians! Happy Monday (we are pretending it is still Monday and this week’s post is not a day late)! We’re well into the semester now, and I’m sure many of you are tired from a long weekend of catching up on assignments, work, and other responsibilities. Do try to take care of yourselves! It can be easy to overwork and burnout from all the added stress. Hydrate, make sure you get at least a few hours of sleep, and try to find time for things you enjoy, if you can. The periods of rest will sustain you as you go.

This week, I’d like to address the PR nightmare that was Sesame Workshop’s handling the recent outing of Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie. In a statement to Queerty, former writer for the roommate duo, Mark Saltzman, acknowledged that he had always imagined and written them as a gay couple. He states, “I always felt that, without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were [gay]. I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them.”

In response to this, Sesame Workshop released the following response on Twitter, which they later deleted: “They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves,” the statement said. “Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits, and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets and do not have a sexual orientation.” Seems hypocritical, doesn’t it, that the program has depicted plenty of romantic relationships between puppets that identify as male and female, but suddenly no puppets have a sexual orientation? Awfully convenient for Sesame Workshop to take that stance now, when their characters are under immense scrutiny. Though they later deleted their original response (perhaps in acknowledgment of the obvious double standard they were perpetuating), their second response was no less frustrating:

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Another one of Bert and Ernie’s past writers, Frank Oz, added his own perspective to the growing controversy, stating, “It seems Mr. Mark Saltzman was asked if Bert & Ernie are gay. It’s fine that he feels they are. They’re not, of course,” he said. “But why that question? Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay? There’s much more to a human being than just straightness or gayness.” In my opinion, Saltzman is missing the point. He suggests that the sexual orientation of Bert and Ernie doesn’t matter, and that people’s identities aren’t limited to how they identify sexually. But it’s easy to say that sexual orientation doesn’t matter when you’ve never been discriminated against because of it. Straight people don’t have to worry about companies making twitter posts “setting the record straight” about a character who has been mistaken as being like them.

This also raises the question of canonicity. Who is the authority on Bert and Ernie, if anyone? Two of the duo’s writers, Saltzman and Oz, don’t agree on this issue. Sesame Workshop has its own stance, as well. Some fans are thrilled with the news, while others lament the very suggestion that a gay puppet couple may be present in a program their children watch. I suppose ultimately it comes down to the majority interpretation. If most audiences perceive Bert and Ernie as gay, then that is effectively what they are, and no statement from the producing company overrules the masses. After all, all fiction must be filtered through the lens of the society and culture in which it is produced.

That’s all for this week, Obscurians! Next week, I will share with you all my initial thoughts of the new Netflix Original Series Queer Eye, which has come recommended to me by many.  I will post my response to the first episode of the series, and in the future I may review the entire series if I feel it warrants more discussion.  Stay well, and take care.

All the best,

Brittany

Next Week: Through the Queer Eye: A Review of the Netflix Original Series

The Horrific Reflection on American Society in The Purge Films

Reflection of America’s Social Class Through The Purge

For this week, I would like to share an essay I wrote back in 2016. I feel it is still relevant especially after seeing the latest film in the infamous series, The First Purge. Also, as it is October and we are close to Halloween, I’d like to share thoughts on some horror related topics. The Purge films are intriguing to me as they horrifically reflect on American society. Without further ado, here is my essay focused on the third film, The Purge Election Year.

A holiday is defined as a “festivity or recreation when no work is done.” Examples of holidays are Christmas or Thanksgiving, where individuals spend a day without work and simply spend time with their loved ones. Even Halloween is considered a holiday, which is often portrayed as the scariest holiday in America. Now, imagine a holiday where you can spend time with your family or friends, while having the opportunity to legally kill whomever you please for twelve consecutive hours. Thankfully, a holiday as such is only fiction. The movie that promotes this fiction act of hostility is titled The Purge. Purge, by definition, is a verb that means to “rid someone of an unwanted feeling, memory, or condition, typically giving a sense of cathartic release,” (Dictionary.com, 2016). It is also a noun, defined as an “abrupt or violent removal of a group of people from an organization or place,” (Dictionary.com, 2016). That is exactly how this “holiday” works in James DeMonaco’s film series, The Purge. The purge serves to remove individuals from society. In specific, it works to remove lower class citizens in the United States of America. In this essay, I will focus on the third installment, The Purge Election Year (2016) through the lens of race and social class to show how it reflects our actual society.

Society is defined as “the aggregate of people living together in a more or less ordered community.” The Purge: Election Year (2016) appears to reflect how the American society is. James DeMonaco, writer and director of the film in discussion, is best known for The Purge movies. Though this third installment wasn’t given much praise, I personally found it very entertaining. In The Purge Election Year (2016), the senator, Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), is running for president in order to end the purge once and for all. Her motivation to eradicate the purge is witnessing one of her family members murdered during the Purge Night years earlier. Of course, there were many people who did not like the idea of not having a purge, namely the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA), who saw Roan as a threat and so decided to kill her during the purge.
The Purge: Election Year (2016) is labeled as a thriller horror, in general, and was rated by critic websites such as IMDb, which gave the film average ratings. Some of those ratings included a review by A.O. Scott labeling the film as, “the best installment so far” (Scott, New York Times. 2016), in which I personally agree with. Out of the three films in the series by James DeMonaco, I enjoyed The Purge: Election Year (2016) the most because of its more political direction, its cast, and revealing more of what the NFFA does, since the main character was running as president. As a sub-genre, this film would fall under the category of action horror and body massacre, as numerous people are killed throughout the movie, which is action packed and filled with violence. It surprised me that for over twenty years, according to the film, the purge existed and Roan is the first to run for president in order to end it. However, she wasn’t the first person to rebel against the NFFA and the horrific holiday. In the film, we have a character known as Dante Bishop (Edwin Hodge) who has been in all three of the purge movies (known in the first film The Purge (2013) and The Purge: Anarchy (2014) as “The Stranger”) and was in a anti-purge rebel group. He appeared in the film first during the news discussing how the NFFA made the purge in order to eliminate the lower class population of the U.S.

One important scene is within the first twenty minutes of the film, which is the debate between Senator Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) and Minister Edwidge Owens (Kyle Secor), where they both bicker over the purge. Owens states that thanks to the purge, the U.S. is saved from “economical ruin” and crime rates have decreased. Then, Roan argues that it is at the cost of innocent lives. This is true considering that the majority who purge are the wealthy, while others from lower socioeconomic classes purge just to release anger and hate. In the film, people from other countries travel to the United States just to purge. However, if the purge were to ever be a real holiday, crime rates would actually increase. Though in the film, the purge is an event where “all crime is legal,” no scene portrays individuals committing other crimes such as theft or rape. Only murder is being committed and the majority of individuals who are purged are minorities who live on the poverty line. According to statistics, in the U.S. from 2015, 43.1 million people were in poverty which is 13.5 percent of the U.S. (Hunger Facts & Poverty Statistics, 2015) The film takes place in the year 2025, which is only nine years ahead of 2016. If the purge were to become real, even if that percentage decreases, crime rates will not. As a matter of fact, non-violent crime would increase, as well as violent crimes as the following example states, “the violent rampagers were occupied kicking ten shades of crap out of each other downtown, this is the perfect time to pull of a heist or go on a spending spree online with a stolen credit card,” (Richardson, Movie Pilot. 2016). I personally agree with Richardson’s statements that crimes would increase; meaning the purge in actuality would not decrease crime and violence. The purge would also not keep the U.S. from going into economical ruin. Why not use the twelve hours to hack the government system and steal their money? Not only would murder be committed on this holiday, cyber theft, fraud, money laundering are also possible crimes that can be committed legally. For example, hackers and thieves will be capable of stealing millions from bank accounts. Crimes like this will have a negative impact upon the American economy, which can eventually cause lost money to lead our nation into recession. Although it is just a movie, it is scary to think how much more frightening the purge would be if it was real.

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The lower class, those living in the poverty line, is at a disadvantage in the film, and unfortunately, in our society as well. In the movie, it is shown that the majority of people being killed or “purged,” are blacks and Hispanics. By portraying this, the movie may also imply that those in the upper class are to be feared. Astonishingly, there was a series of studies by psychologists from Berkeley, University of California and University of Toronto in Canada, which portrayed that individuals, who lived in the higher class of society, would demonstrate increased corrupt behavior. Psychologist, Paul Piff of UC Berkeley, states, “Our studies suggest that more positive attitudes toward greed and the pursuit of self-interest among upper-class individuals, in part, drive their tendencies toward increased unethical behavior,” (Science Daily. 2012). Although none of the studies included crimes such as homicide, the results included taking valued goods from others, as well as cheating in order to increase their chances of winning something. The Purge: Election Year (2016) shows that the monsters of the action horror film are the wealthy and upper class white Americans. The killing of innocent and helpless individuals of the lower class in DeMonaco’s film can be portrayed as a direct method the NFFA used to gain more money and power in America. Cheating is seen often in the film. For example, in order to ensure that the NFFA wins the election, they as well as Minister Edwidge, mainly targets Senator Roan during Purge night. In targeting Roan, it is obvious that the upper class wants to cheat their way through the election by killing the opposing candidate.

Moreover, Piff and his team of psychologists showed how the upper class was more likely to break the law, possibly because of the quality of greed that upper class individuals often possess. Greed is having very high selfish desire for something, usually money and power. Thus, greed can make a person commit actions if the result means becoming wealthier than others. Piff states, “Plato and Aristotle deemed greed to be at the root of personal immorality, arguing that greed drives desires for material gain at the expense of ethical standards.” (Piff, Science Daily. 2012) These individuals become obsessed with wanting more and at the same time, they become afraid of losing it all. This fear of losing it all is seen in the film, as the NFFA becomes afraid of Senator Roan winning the election. Money is the only benefit the NFFA gets from the purge. The freedom to kill off the lower class population of America for twelve hours straight once a year, just for profits, has be the greediest course of action a government could take.
By examining Roan and Edwidge in the film, we can label Roan as a Democrat and Edwidge, as well as the NFFA, as Republicans. The Democratic Party, which Roan clearly demonstrates, is more about the people. As we see in the scene of the film, during the debate, Roan discussed how innocent lives are at stake every year. Of course, because of her haunting experience of having her family killed in front of her during Purge night, Roan was against the purge and thus made it her goal to run for president, as it was the only ethical way to end the purge. In the climax of the film, we see the anti-purge rebel group planning to assassinate Minister Edwidge in a church during the annual purge mass in which the supposed Christian group, all made up of white upper classmen, would perform sacrifices by killing; or “purging,” random persons from the middle or lower class. Roan became one of those people, as she was kidnapped and nearly would have had her throat slit if it were not for the rebel group, including Dante Bishop and Sergeant Leo, who make their entrance by shooting everyone in the church. Minister Edwidge was spared as Roan convinces Dante to not kill him by stating, “We are not like them.” She was trying to portray that killing should not be the way to get what they want. They are not like the NFFA because the NFFA kills with the excuse of “saving the country from economical ruin.” I am positive that republicans do not actually want to kill off the lower class of America, however, there is an obvious reason why the NFFA and Minister Edwidge would be labeled as Republicans; they believe in harsh penalties for crimes. During the purge mass, we see a victim being stabbed as a punishment for using of drugs. Democrats, on the other hand, believe that people should not be punished so harshly for non-violent crimes. We also see that the people who clearly support Roan are blacks and those of Hispanic communities. Throughout the film you have a black man, Joe Dixon (Myketti Willamson), a black woman, Laney Rucker (Betty Gabriel), and a Hispanic man, Marcos (Joseph Julian Soria) protecting Roan during purge night as well as her bodyguard, Leo as they were hunted down by the militia, of whom the NFFA funded. Those in the poor population cannot afford to get security for the horrific annual event. As stated by Miles Surrey, “the poor generally don’t have resources to protect themselves on Purge night, so they suffer the most causalities,” (Mic Daily. 2016).
Of course, Roan would have been safe in her home during the first half of the film, however, those she was with including Leo along with Chief Couper (Ethan Phillips) and Eric Busmalis (Adam Cantor) turned out to be traitors on Purge night, as they signaled a Neo-Nazi paramilitary force to secretly enter Roan’s house. This is the only “home invasion” scene we get to witness in The Purge Election Year (2016) as the rest of the film turns into a wild violent game of cat and mouse. Therefore, the film mostly falls under the sub-genre of body massacre. According to Susan Hayward, “the massacre movies (also known as slasher movies) reveal albeit in very different ways, a particularly vicious normalizing of misogyny,” (211-212). We see this in The Purge Election Year (2016) as the NFFA showed an enormous amount of hate and anger towards Roan, a woman running for office mainly to end the purge. We also see how the film falls into the sub-genre of massacre as countless people were killed in numerous ways throughout the movie. The number casualties is extremely large, just counting the state of Washington alone without visualizing the amount of deaths in the entire country of America within the twelve straight hours.

DeMonaco’s The Purge Election Year (2016) reflects aspects of American society, through the lens of social class, as well as race and politics. This action-packed massacre horror may scare the audience with its violent tone. The film may advertise the fear of having all crime legalized for a specific amount of time in order to portray how society would act. The majority that were purging were the white and wealthy upper classmen, who justified their killing of lower classmen by stating that this massacre of the poor population would help the U.S. economy. The real fear is the power and wealth of the higher class of society. The real monsters are not just those who wear masks and kill everyone in sight, but are also the wealthy and the NFFA. They possess the ability to do as they please with the U.S. and its citizens as long as their Republican Party takes majority control of the country, especially with having a republican as president. The NFFA and Republican supporters showed anger and fear of having a democrat become president mainly because they did not want to lose their best strategy for preventing the country from going into “economical ruin.” The Purge Election Year (2016) really stands out from the series as being more political than its predecessors and for having a female lead that attempts to stop the Purge. We see how the film ends, as thankfully; Roan survives Purge night and takes the lead in the elections. However, we were left unsure if Roan officially won the election overall and becomes president of the United States. As the credits began to roll, we hear from a news broadcast that rioters began causing havoc over the election. We can assume that those were obviously supporters of the NFFA and the Purge. The thought of this taking place in the near future is frightening. Hopefully, we will not have such a holiday, as it would truly be horrific.

WORK CITED

Feeding America. “Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics.” (2016) http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/impact-of-hunger/hunger-and-poverty/hunger-and-poverty-fact-sheet.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

Hayward, Susan. “Horror Blacklist.” Cinema Studies: the Key Concepts, Routledge, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, 2013, pp. 206–213

National Science Foundation. “Upper class people more likely to behave unethically.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 March 2012. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120307145432.htm

Piff, Paul K. et al. “Higher Social Class Predicts Increased Unethical Behavior.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109.11 (2012): 4086–4091. PMC. Web. 9 Dec. 2016.

Richardson, Jancy. “5 Brutal Things That Would Happen If The Purge Was Real.” Movie Pilot. N.p., 11 Aug. 2016. Web. http://moviepilot.com/posts/2226094

Scott, A. O. “Review: ‘The Purge: Election Year’ Offers a Campaign Platform of Blood Lust.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 30 June 2016. Web. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/01/movies/the-purge-election-year-review.html?_r=0

Surrey, Miles. “‘The Purge: Election Year’ Shows the Real Horror Isn’t the Purge – It’s the Wealthy Elite.” Mic. N.p., 06 July 2016. Web.
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The Purge Election Year. Directed by James DeMonaco, Universal Pictures, 2016.
Rasheed, Mehreen. (2013). A brief look at poverty in America. Journal of Housing and Community Development, 70(2), 6-11.

The Curtain Call with JRC 09_29_18

Saludos, mi gente!  Greetings, everyone and welcome to a new installment of the The Curtain Call with JRC.

This session brings us to true art.  Many think of the Fine/Performing Arts and will think of music, dance and theatre but forget true art.  Museum mile on Fifth Avenue is home to many of New York City’s famous museums. From the Guggenheim museum to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you can find art that interest myriad of interest of New Yorkers now a days.  One often forgotten jewel on this strip of NY wonder is the famous El Museo del Barrio.

Founded 45 years ago by artist and educator Raphael Montañez Ortiz and a group of parents, educators and inspired New Yorkers.  El Museo’s mission is the preservation of of the art and culture of Puerto Ricans and all Latin Americans in the United States. It is nestled in between 104th and 105th Streets on Fifth Avenue.  Upon walking on this street you will almost walk past it. The building is currently under renovations, walking past the scaffolding give that sense of a masterpiece currently in progress.

As you walk into El Museo, your eyes are drawn to La Tienda, the giftshop of the museum.  The selection varies from books and t-shirts to folk art and buttons. I recommend visiting La Tienda after your tour of the museum.  Upon entering the Carmen Ana Unanue Galleries, you will begin to admire el arte de los Taínos/Taino Art. Oscar Castillo’s pieces are proudly showcased at the beginning of the galley.  Castillo who has been harkened as a visionary of photographic art. His piece, Plaza de La Raza gives a stark window into the reality of Los Angeles for Hispanics in the 1970s. Many assimilate the hardships of Latinos in the US to only recent memory but Castillo’s pieces offer an honest portrait of their past reality.

His contemporary Frank Espada offers a similar experience in his piece titles No Parking.  No Parking offers an honest reminder of the conditions that Latinos in NYC faced in the 70s and the progress that has been made to beautify our city.  Espada’s University of the Streets offers a parallel view of No Parking by showing an empty street in Brownsville, an urban neighborhood in Brooklyn New York.  This empty street embodies the spirit many had during the turbulent 70s in NYC.

Winston Vargas, a dominican artist born in 1945 offers a juxtaposed view of Latino life during the same time period.  His portaits Wedding Day, Dominos Players and New Addition offer glimpses of the truly momentus periods in a Latinos Life.  The joy can be clearly seen the New Addition and Wedding Day, while Dominos Players shows the intensity that can experience while trying to make a capicu.  Vargas’ photography offers the visitor a vision of the Latino spirit and their moments of joy.

These are but a few of the exhibits showcased at El Museo del Barrio.  A visit to El Museo will offer all visitors the opportunity to experience a portion of Latino Art that showcases the culture of Latinos and the corazon of their lives.

Next week, we will examine Bronx Film Wednesdays at Pregones Theatre in the Bronx.

As we end this installment of The Curtain Call with JRC, I will bring some artistic superstition as in my previous postings.  Famed Spanish artist Pablo Picasso would refuse to throw any of his possessions away out of fear of losing his essense while doing so.  Upon his death, over fifty thousand works were discovered ranging from prints to drawings and even ceramics.

 

Your Humble Servant,

JRC

The Curtain Call with JRC 09_22_18

Books offer the reader a window into another world.  Through this window they are able to immerse themselves in mystery, drama or sometimes something more lighthearted.  Words contain power,once they are uttered they can never be called out of existence. The written word carries this inherent power but magnified.  Once words have been committed to paper, they have been transformed into the realm of immortality. In today’s digital age, words are being sublimated into buzzworthy.

The Bouncer is the latest book by author David Gordon.  The Bouncer gives us a unique glimpse into the NYC underworld.  In this Crime novel we are introduced into a very interesting rogue gallery of the underbelly of the big apple.  We are introduced to Joe, a bouncer, as he is forced to subdue a ginger giant named Jerry. On the night before he is to be married, Jerry visits the strip club where Joe works.  Jerry proceeds to drink too much and gets a lil too friendly with one of the strippers and Joe is forced to intervene. This unlikely duo are faced with federal agent Donna Zamora outside of the club.  The pair is carted off without much notice or even a solid reason.

It seems that Agent Zamora has been working on the FBI help line and has been trying to find a ticket into the field.  The FBI’s most wanted list is comprised of a rogues gallery terrorist who are suspected to be currently in NYC. Joe’s employer, mob boss, Gio Caprisi is apprised of the raids that have afflicted himself and the other mob bosses of the city.  In an effort to draw heat away from him and his associates, Gio offers Agent Zamora his assistance in finding the bureaus most wanted. What ensues is a mix of suspense, murder and at time comedic instances.

This story offers the traditional crime fan a thriller with a good amount of surprises.  It gives its audience a lil bit of everything and a twist that some would not see coming.

JRC rates this book as worth the read and worth the recommendation.  Do yourself a favor and read this book and recommend it to a friend.

As I leave you, I will leave you with a lil superstition, It is believed by many bibliophiles that one should always enter any bookstore that you encounter on your daily travels.  This has become even more passionate with writers who have claimed writers block whenever encountering a bookstore and not entering it. Many have stated if time does not permit, write down the address and name of the bookstore and return on a free day.

Next week, we will be visiting El Museo de Barrio.

Next time you pass your neighborhood bookstore, do us bibliophiles a favor and take 5 minutes and take a peek inside.  You might find the book that changes your outlook on life or maybe the life whos outlook you change.

 

Your Humble Servant,

JRC