"Going nowhere at sixteen, bored and frustrated with school, aware of the world's flaws but feeling helpless to correct them, James Brown's narrator, Virgil, idly picks up a spray paint can and says in bold script what he thinks of it all on the side of an abandoned building. Arrested by two police officers, in an instant he is Going Fast. First to reform school where he meets JT, a confirmed incorrigible. Then into a low paying, grimy job, living in the San Jose slum. Learning from JT, becoming his partner in crime, Virgil gradually claims his own destiny and identity through ten rapidly moving, freewheeling days in and around San Francisco drug traffic."
- Meritt Clifton, editor of Samisdat
A Terrific Song, by Luis Lebron, Adapted from The Los Angeles Diaries (8.1MB)
Rapper, singer and songwriter Luis Lebron of Th3 Saga has made a terrific song out of "Mid-Air" from The Los Angeles Diaries. Lebron is from Brooklyn and currently lives in Queens. I extend my deepest thanks for his heartfelt song.
American Society of Journalists and Authors
Voices on Writing: James Brown interviewed by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett