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Hold For Sound: Part 4

“Hold For Sound” is an excerpt from my first book, Down and Out in California. Parts 1-3: Hold For Sound Part 1 Hold For Sound Part 2 Hold For Sound Part 3 I pick him up in Los Angeles at LAX. That beautiful airport now with its pillars of color-changing light. These were built just a Read More

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Taboo

Hold For Sound: Part 3

“Hold For Sound” is an excerpt from my first book, Down and Out in California. Parts 1 and 2: Hold For Sound Part 1 Hold For Sound Part 2 That night I visit Tommy Boom-Boom’s high school friends in San Diego for a few hours. He’s a chef and she’s a kindergarten teacher. They drink beer Read More

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Taboo Travel Drugs

Bodymore

They call it “Bodymore” because at the time I visit it’s vying with Compton for the highest murder rate in the country.  I arrive at the police station to find the front door made out of plywood. It’s jerry rigged, the department doesn’t have enough funding to fix the door. Everyone enters through the back Read More

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Africa Taboo Travel

Bribery in Uganda

The officer’s eyes burn into mine. It calls to mind Forest Whittaker’s performance as Idi Amin in Last King of Scotland, and the final shot of the film where the real news footage of Amin’s fiery stare leaves the viewers with some hint of deepest, darkest Africa. I think about corruption in Uganda. Bribery in Read More