Evan Gabriel

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In Anywhere But Here, Nonfiction on December 16, 2013 at 12:24 am

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Shout out to The Nature of Words. My travel essay, “Zagora and Beyond” won the 2013 Rising Star Creative Writing competition for literary nonfiction, ages 19-25. This essay will be featured in the 2013 Anthology.

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“No-Win” and “In the Event of My Demise” by Tupac Shakur

In Nonfiction on October 10, 2013 at 7:47 am

September 12th marked the 17th anniversary of Tupac’s murder on Flamingo Road in Las Vegas, NV. Almost two decades since Rap’s rawest poet was carried away by gun shots, his poetry remains stunning in its simplistic and genuine verse. “The Rose That Grew from Concrete” is a 72-poem collection that Pac scribed out in various notebooks from ages 19-25. Like his music, these handwritten pages reveal Tupac’s desire for love to extend from his art. The majority, deal directly with love–past, present and eternal. And still, I find myself re-reading two poems that are less than lovey.

No-Win 

(Dream poem)

Backed into a corner

alone and very confused

Tired of running away

My manhood has been abused

Not my choice 2 be so blunt

But u must fight fire with flame

I allowed myself 2 run once

and was haunted by the shame

if I must kill I will and if I must do it again

I would but the situation is a no-win

In the Event of My Demise

Dedicated 2 Those Curious

In the event of my Demise

When my heat can beat no more

I hope I die for a principle

Or a belief that I had lived 4

I will die before my time

Because I feel the shadow’s depth

So much I wanted 2 accomplish

Before I reached my Death

I have come 2 grips with the possibility

and wiped the last tear from my eyes

In the event of my Demise!

Reader Review: Eddie Huang Getting Fresh

In Current, Nonfiction on September 16, 2013 at 7:20 pm

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“We don’t wear chef coats, we wear Nikes, and Dipset is the anthem.”

The release of Eddie Huang’s 2013 Fresh Off The Boat couldn’t be timed better, as the second season of his show by the same name is set to premiere September 30th. When it comes to digital media, call the internet viral, overrated, or just plain lazy, but Huang makes his idiosyncratic slang-based voice bleed through the pages as if you were speaking with him. This is the only book I’ve read that has epigraphs by Cam’ron, Jada and footnotes that include multiple hashtags. Huang unabashedly speaks his mind regarding race, 1st and 2nd generation Americans, his dad’s motto of “figuring it out,” and of course, food. Lots and lots of food. While you may know Huang for his hilarious and entertaining food/travel series, “Fresh Off the Boat,” he is a writer who completely grasps style and rules. Sure, some of the writing comes across as something you could be reading on the internet, but make no mistake about it, all of his quirky recollections and epiphanies about Jonathan Swift, hip-hop, love and basketball sit perfectly in the binding of this 276-page memoir. Image

This book is chalk-full of quotables. I’ve grabbed some to give you a taste:

  • “Chuck E. Cheese was for mouth breathers and kids with Velcro shoes. ‘I want to go where they have the best soup dumplings!’”
  • “Working in a law firm was not for me…While other associates competed on billable work trying to climb the ladder, I got high and took Major Abshed around the city.”
  • “Asians are funny; we can take anything and repackage it for your inner eight-year-old.”

And if Huang’s closing words aren’t the proof I don’t know what pudding you’re eating: “WEOUTCHEA” (272).

Does the future strikes fear in your heart? If so, leave Huang’s tales of FOBs making it in America at the door. This guy speaks the truth. Huang proves that in regards to success, parents don’t always matter as much as you.  It’s possible to make it in this world without the suit-and-tie job and Huang walks you through his story that eventually led to him opening his own restaurant, Baohaus in New York. This memoir is written for like-minded people interested in the progression of their passions, AKA dope shit. Read this book and make sure to check out the season two premiere of “Fresh Off The Boat!” Stay up Eddie, and dun, no bullshit, get me a job at VICE? Image

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