Get Lit with Kit # 21

If you don’t know about the mighty Gordon Parks, then it’s time to let him rock your world. His autobiography should be required reading for any American. His writing, photographs, movies, music, and choreography are an essential part of American culture. This article provides and in depth look into sugar. (If you don’t have time to read … More Get Lit with Kit # 21

Get Lit with Kit #20

Children’s books are often dismissed by “serious readers” yet these picture stories frequently offer sophisticated wisdoms. It’s a shame to think that they have nothing to offer. One of my favorite picture book authors is Allen Say, you can see in these interviews what a special soul he is (I strongly recommend watching all of the clips). … More Get Lit with Kit #20

Get Lit with Kit #19

Here’s something short and sweet. I’ve been reading oodles of non-fiction recently, but sometimes, it’s more fun to listen. Check out Hardcore History by Dan Carlin. If you’ve never listened to history before, strongly recommend Prophets of Doom as your initiation. Let me know if you like it. K-OS’s Joyful Rebellion was a staple in the early 2000’s. Check out … More Get Lit with Kit #19

Get Lit with Kit # 18

Joyce Carol Oates is one of America’s most respected and controversial female authors. Admittedly, I haven’t read many of her essays, but I have read dozens of her novels and stories. I.D. is one of her less graphic short pieces. If you want a longer work, I highly suggest We Were the Mulvaneys. Another recommendation is Black Violin. This … More Get Lit with Kit # 18

Get Lit with Kit #17

I had a great “argument” with a dear friend on Facebook last week. Although we don’t fully agree with each other’s perspectives, we were able to go back and forth addressing one another’s points, respectfully. I think the key point is that we care about each other and are genuinely interested in understanding each other’s … More Get Lit with Kit #17

Get Lit #16

Are you ready to grind? Yes? Great! Check out the Sade + MF DOOM mashup. “Invent nothing, deny nothing.” David Mamet – This is one of the key principles writer/director David Mamet presents in his book True and False. This book was required reading for my students when I taught Acting back at the turn … More Get Lit #16

Get Lit with Kit #14

I read Padura’s The Man Who Loved Dogs last week (NYT Review). Great book that tackled several important issues, one being the feeling of isolation that seems to smother all the characters. Sadly, loneliness is an epidemic that still exists in our world (nearly 100 years later). This was an interesting read about loneliness. The … More Get Lit with Kit #14