Re: RARA-AVIS: "Passing" onto Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines

Mark Sullivan (
Thu, 21 Jan 1999 19:52:49 -0500 (EST) While we're talking about Holloway House, I'd like to mention two
authors I particularly like in that vein: Nathan Heard and Jess Mowry.
(Admittedly, only the latter was published by Holloway House and him for
only one, now out-of-print book, but they are writing of similar
conditions and characters.) I've only read one book by Heard, but it
was pretty amazing (and in print), Howard Street. The best description
I've seen of it was something like: "If Hubert Selby Jr. wrote for
Holloway House" This is apt because it seems like a black corollary to
Last Exit to Brooklyn. I recently found two other books of his in a used
store, plus I think there is another now in print from AMOK.

Jess Mowry wrote the amazing Way Past Cool about a small gang of
elementary school kids trying to make it in Oakland. Almost completely
lacking in sentimentality, but with very slight touches of magical
realism (or is it just the kids' imagination?). A truly great work.


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