Now Hear This: Jabari Asim, Kidz Bop Live, Punk Rock Karaoke

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“Think Donald Goines sucked of all his cheap seediness and rewritten by a snappy master of dialogue like Raymond Carver and you’re close. It’s the sort of sprawling mini-epic that you can imagine being adapted into the next great HBO show somewhere down the line.”

— Baltimore City Paper

Review: ‘Only the Strong’ by Jabari Asim

One of the special pleasures of reading African-American fiction is relishing the names of characters. Ralph Ellison, for example, created a couple of the most memorable in “Invisible Man”: Dr. Bledsoe, the two-faced president of the protagonist’s college, and Rinehart, the mysterious Harlem con man/minister. Toni Morrison is an absolute master at contriving names that simultaneously intrigue, mystify and suggest deep layers of meaning. Perhaps her most memorable: Pilate Dead, matriarch of the Dead family in “Song of Solomon.”

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