"And to the west was the sunset, that's all I ever knew about the west, when evening would come and the sun would hit that point at the horizon where it flared up the long neon glass corridor of Eighteenth Street as if each panaderia, taco joint, and tavern had caught fire. Then, minutes later, the miracle would disappear, and up and down Eighteenth Street the kids who lined up for blocks were left to wonder if the sun's sole purpose was to torture them with a paradise they would never reach." (50)
Place matters greatly in the lives of Galaviz-Budziszeski's characters. Between the shores of Lake Michigan and the painful "miracles" of the western sunset is a magical kingdom, Chicago. But these lives, while sometimes tragic, cannot be characterized merely by their painful experiences. For, ultimately, they are flashes of magic and imagination surrounded by the concrete of the city. Between the front and back walls of the book Painted Cities' cover is an urban freshness that moves beyond the cliches of hoodrats and gangbanging or the always in vogue doses of New York neuroticism. For once, elements of fantasy and adventure are not the sole properties of the upper and middle classes--they are the living stuff of everyone.
From the crew at ESPN's TrueHoop Affiliate, BallerBall:
"Joel Embid, Comedian" by Travis Parker
|Visions of #Johanna|
"Tim Duncan: I'm Using Chrome" by Jason Gallagher
-This parody of LeBron James' Sports Illustrated essay is about two weeks old, but it's still funny and still NOT REAL.
"Delusional Pacers Fan is Ecstatic about 'His' Team's Offseason" by Josh Spilker
-The Pacers fan in this report will make you question the healthiness of unrelenting optimism. Seriously, reality isn't always a bad thing; in fact, it can be quite healthy. Being a Pacer fan right now, after the mystifying play at the end of the season, the near first and second round Playoff losses, Lance blowing in LeBron's ear, Lance leaving, and all the endless rumors, must feel like this:
"Kobe Recruits: An Inside Look" by Andrew Tobolowsky
-Like any secret, the truth was bound to surface. Deep down, though, didn't we always know?
"Catfishing with All the Kevin Loves" by Bryan Harvey
-Yeah, it's weird to link myself in third person. If you already read my Kevin Love bit, then check out John Sabine's.
"The Uncanny X-Heat: Days of Future Past" by Bryan Harvey
-As a Spurs fan, I rooted for the Sentinels as I wrote this parody.
Around the League:
"James Harden is Right about Chandler Parsons" by Tom Ziller
-This article cuts to the core about what Parsons should and shouldn't be concerned about as he ends his tenure with the Rockets and becomes a Mav. Spoiler: He need to worry less about Harden and more about his own game. Ziller cuts Parsons to the quick with comparisons to 'role players' from around the League.
"Chandler Parsons, James Harden, and the Human Element" by Jason Concepcion
-Another take on the Parsons-Harden dynamic. Concepcion's take implicitly calls to mind themes similar to Dave Eggers' The Circle: what happens when workplace relationships that are essentially human can be defined by the statistics that feel rather inhuman?
"Lucidity, Faith, & Generations: A Review of Scott Cheshire's High as the Horses' Bridles by Matthew Dadonna
-I enjoyed this review.
"CRAFT THOUGHTS: Why You Should Edit as You Write" by Lincoln Michel
-Some great advice on editing as you go as opposed to draft by draft. To me, Michel's advice reads like common sense. Editing draft by draft seems more apt if everyone were still writing by hand or typewriter perhaps, but chances are most of us are no longer writing primarily by hand or on a typewriter. The process of writing on a computer, in my mind, makes editing a constant, almost fluid, part of the writing process.
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