Daily Archives: February 21, 2013

Rolando Hinojosa Author- ESTAMPAS DEL VALLE


by Rolando Hinojosa

Clasicos Chicanos/Chicano Classics

In Spanish.  With a keen eye, spare hand, and humor, Rolando Hinojosa depicts life in the Chicano Rio Grande Valley during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.  This is a new Spanish-language edition of the original novel in Klail City Death Trip Series.

144 pp cloth  $25.00x  ISBN 078-0-927534-24-6

paper  $14.00x  ISBN 978-0-92734-25-3

Bilingual Review Press

Phone orders  Toll Free: (866) 965-3867

E-mail: brp@asu.edu


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Teun Voeten Author- TUNNEL PEOPLE


by Teun Voeten

“Teun Voeten has found yet another frontier in the great American experiment … the one underground, in the tunnels of Manhattan … and delivered it to us in an utterly charming and fascinating account.  Part anthropologist and part journalist, Voeten dwells in an unknown world that most of us simply pass by in a hurry.  To fully know America, one must follow Voeten into her depths.  There is much there to admire and, yes, to learn from.”- Sebastian Junger, war reporter and author of THE PERFECT STORM

“Voeten is no doubt one of the most adventurous reporters in the Netherlands.”- Vrij Nederland

“Voeten resists the temptation to sensationalize and romanticize the underground tunnel people.  Nor is his book sentimental … it is  sober and well-written report about the mean misery underground.  That is what makes this book so powerful.”- Volkskrant

“TUNNEL PEOPLE is a supreme example of participatory observation.  The insider’s point of view comes to full light in a brilliant way.  It is not an objective case study, but a subjective, journalistic reportage of a dynamic human underworld.”- Passage

At the end of the millennium, thousands of homeless people roamed the streets of Manhattan.  A small group of them went underground.  Invisible to society, they managed to start a new life in the tunnel.

Acclaimed war photographer and cultural anthropologist Teun Voeten gained unprecedented access to this netherworld.  For five months in 1994 and 1995 he lived, slept, and worked in the tunnel.  With him, we meet Vietnam veterans, macrobiotic hippies, crack addicts, Cuban refugees, convicted killers, computer programmers, philosophical recluses, and criminal runaways.  Voeten describes their daily work, problems, and pleasures with humor and compassion.  He also witnessed the end of tunnel life.  The tunnel people were evicted in 1996, but Amtrak and homeless organizations offered them alternative housing.

Some succeeded in starting again above ground, while others failed.  In this updated version of the book, Voeten tracks down the original tunnel dwellers and describes what happened in the 13 years since they left the tunnels


Teun Voeten is an award-winning photojournalist and author.  He has worked covering the conflicts in former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sudan, Angola, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Lebanon, and Gaza.  His work has been published in VANITY FAIR, NEWSWEEK, THE NEW YORKER, and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, among others.  Voeten is a contributing photographer for organizations such as the International Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Human rights Watch, and the United Nations.

978-1-60486-070-2   $24.95  6×9  Paperback

PM Press  PO Box 23912    Oakland, CA 94623


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Greg Knowles & Mel Knowles Authors- GRANADA GAMBLE


by Greg Knowles & Mel Knowles

Greg Knowles and his brother, Mel, have co-authored a novel titled GRANADA GAMBLE.  It’s an adventure stuffed to the gills with humor, mayhem and fish.  (Think: Carl Hiaasen, Dave Barry and Ben Rehder in the same boat.)  While the sport of fishing is a key part of the story, the non-fish action hooks fiction aficionados and won’t let go.  CIA freelancer and top bass fishing pro Ric Bedderman arrives in Granada, Illinois, for a big-money pro-am tournament.  While there, the Feds have asked him to prevent Granada’s rotund mayor from opening a long-abandoned coal mine that contains much more than coal.  When he’s not catching fish or romancing a gorgeous TV producer, Ric teams with a shadowy associate who helps him sort out despicable politicians, a hard-nosed cop, a womanizing Indian casino lobbyist, coke heads, hit men, and a string of uncommonly bizarre small-town misfits who are recklessly determined to royally screw up his fishing and his mission.  Granada Gamble is available for a mere $3.99 on Amazon or Smashwords.  For more information, go to greg@btrtms.com


Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors  Vol. 42.  No. 1  February/March 2013

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Mattie Lennon Irish Author- FROM HAIR TO DIAMONDS


By Mattie Lennon

Tennessee Williams wrote, ”Man, when he burns, leaves only a handful
of ashes. No woman can hold him the wind must blow him away.”    Not
anymore. The ashes of the departed can now be converted into an actual
diamond. The word diamond comes from the ancient Greek αδάμας – adámas
meaning unbreakable.
Most natural diamonds are formed at high temperature and pressure
at depths of about 200 miles underground and the process can take up
to 3.3 billion years. The raw material is Carbon-containing minerals.
But diamonds can also be created in a special laboratory.  This
involves a high-pressure  process using very high-temperature which
simulates the conditions in which diamonds are naturally formed.
There are a few companies in the world offering this service but the
best known in this part of the world is Phoenix Memorial Diamonds. All
they need is the ashes, hair or nails of the deceased (they can also
make diamonds from the ashes of your deceased pet.)    I asked
Managing Director Mike Kelly for a bit of information on their
product, “Phoenix Memorial Diamonds are genuine diamonds. They are not
synthetic or cheap imitation but real diamonds only created in a
laboratory. They possess the exact same characteristics of mined
diamonds, they are cut and polished in exactly the same way as natural
diamonds have been for centuries. . . They have all the attributes of
natural rare (fancy) diamonds ripped from huge mines – same fire, same
hardness but without the social stigma, the blood sweat and tears of
hard labour or the environmental issues having a massive impact on the

What colours can they make?
“We only grow NATURAL coloured diamonds. We do not ‘irradiate’ to

change the colour. The usual and natural outcome when using human or
animal carbon is a canary yellow diamond. It is also possible to make
diamonds in NATURAL shades of blue [and by extra processing – pink,
red and green]. We stick to two – Canary yellow and a Free-Range Blue.
Mined diamonds in these colours are called ‘fancies’ and can costs
many thousands of pounds per carat – sometimes more than the
white/clear diamonds we are all familiar with. The yellow and blue hue
does  not stop the fire and the scintillation of light sparkling

Being a man of enquiring mind I did, of course, ask Mr Kelly, “How
do you do it?” Only to be told,
“Our process is a trade secret, backed by years of expertise using
very special scientific processes, but put simply – we emulate nature
– by using fantastic heat, massive pressures, over a period of time.
Instead of millions of years it can be achieved in a few months. We
then cut and polish the created raw diamond just like mined ones have
been for hundreds of years. The human body is basically carbon (and
water and other minerals). The lab’ take the carbon, purify it and use
it in the HHHP process but instead of Millions of years the process
can be completed in about 3 months.”
Why make diamonds only from the remains of the dead? Rod Stewart
once famously said, “There is no point in getting married; just find a
woman you don’t like and give her a house.” What put that into my
head? Well . . . since Phoenix Diamonds can also make diamonds from
hair why not take the hair of a woman that you don’t like and have it
made into a diamond for a woman that you do . . .?
Mr Kelly and his team of experts don’t make diamonds only from the
remains of the dead. Francis L. Cornford said that nothing should ever
be done for the first time. Phoenix Memorial Diamonds certainly didn’t
take his advice; the company has several “firsts” under its belt.
They made the first diamonds from umbilical cords, dead bees (“that
died from natural causes but from the deaths of  2500 honey bees they
will live-on, because from their bodies we extracted their unique
carbon, compressed it at 10,000 tons/sq.ins. and heated it to 1300c
for some time, to produce a raw diamond which we cut and polished with
58 facets in a brilliant cut.” ) And . . .wait for it; Glasgow artist
– Teresa Margolles – asked if it was possible to make a Blue diamond
from the detritus of the ‘London Riots’ (using carbon extracted from
various bits of wood, sweepings and other debris) The result? Mike
Kelly tells me, “After extensive processing, we are proud to show the
actual diamond featured in the exhibition.”
Mr Kelly also told me about another “first” Promessa Diamonds but
being a low-tech animal I wasn’t able to grasp the finer points of the
process. But you dear digitally-included reader will find all the info
on their website;

Phoenix Memorial Diamonds, Hulley Road, Macclesfield, SK102LP, UK.

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