“STAY GOLD, PONYBOY, STAY GOLD.”

March 31, 2020

  Dear Ponyboy, You’re my hero. You’re the hero of every teen who strives for a sense of belonging while shining through individuality. You’re the hero of every person who ever felt misunderstood, or underestimated, or boxed into a preconceived category just for the fuck of it. You’re the...

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I LOVE YOU, HENRY CHINASKI.

February 4, 2020

NEW: Introducing Gold Bars Audiostories, raw narrated versions for those who prefer listening over reading.    Dear C̶h̶a̶r̶l̶e̶s̶ ̶B̶u̶k̶o̶w̶s̶k̶i̶  Henry Chinaski, Jesus Christ, to think that I was a step away from never reading this whirlwind of a coming-of-age story of yours in the first place. We got off on the wrong...

down and out in paris and london george orwell book cover

GEORGE ORWELL, I NEVER THOUGHT I’D SEE YOU LIKE THIS

December 10, 2019

Dear George Orwell, Your dystopian masterpieces haunted my transition from adolescence to adulthood. Despite my intense and lifelong passion for people, 1984 and Animal Farm made me question the good I naively thought resided in every human. But nothing could prepare me for your self-imposed exile into poverty. I...