Monday, April 13, 2009

Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours

First news to report: I BOUGHT MY TICKETS TO SEE THE FRAY AND JACK'S MANNEQUIN CONCERT!!! Woo hoo!!! I'm so freakin' excited!!! Seriously!! It cost a pretty penny...but those two...together... I couldn't resist!!

Okay, now that I'm done hyperventilating... on to the rest of the blog post:

I spent some quality time at Barnes and Noble today...which is something I do a whole lot. If you know me, this is not news... but if you don't, believe me...I'm not exaggerating. I'm pretty sure I've reached a new level of dork-dome by letting my inner bookworm run free for hours at Barnes and Noble... but oh well. Could be worse I guess... (I hope) ;)

So I read a couple of books, but one that really stood out to me is BRONX MASQUERADE. It's very "Freedom Writer's" esque. If I didn't think it would be overkill, I might look into buying the rights a little later down the road and developing it into a screenplay. But I think it's been done (the type, not the actual book) and done and done again... see also: Dangerous Minds, Stand and Deliver, Freedom Writers, The Class, Take The Lead. But I was really inspired by the poems and stories of the individuals in the story. And I like that it's got the Slam Poetry going for it. Pretty neat. Here's an excerpted poem from the book:

BLACK BOX
by devon hope
(from BRONX MASQUERADE by NIKKI GRIMES)

In case I forgot to tell you, I'm allergic to boxes:
black boxes, shoe boxes, new boxes you boxes,
even cereal boxes.
boasting champions.
(it's all a lie.
I've peeked inside and what I found
were flakes.)
make no mistake,
I make no exceptions
for craker Jack
or Christmas glitter.
Haven't you noticed?
I'm made of skeleton,
muscle and skin.
My body is the only box
I belong in.
but you like your boxes
so keep them.
Mark them geek, wimp, bully.
Mark them china doll, brainiac,
or plain dumb jock.
choose whatever
box you like Mike.
just dont put me
in one, son.
Believe me,
I won't fit.



If you're looking for a good, quick, cheaply priced read, I recommend it. :D

4 comments:

Gabby said...

Yay, I love book recommendations!

Bianca Crystal said...

I won't fit either!!!! Wahooo!!! Congrats on the tickets, that's gonna be a great show! Wish i was going with you. Love ya!

Whateverman said...

I followed you here from Kelley's blog, Amo, and thought I'd share some geeky bookworm excitement: I just purchased one of the new Kindles. It's gonna show up in 3 days, and I cant wait...

I get lost in B&N as well. I live in the middle of nowhere, so my browsing trips are few and far between. But when I do find the time, I'm almost always there for several hours.

Cheers

amo said...

Hey WEM!

Welcome to my blog! Thanks for checking it out! Kel is one of my bestest friends. I love reading your comments on her blog as well. Feel free to check out my blog anytime and comment away :D Hope your day is going great!

PS: Nice to meet another bookworm! Seriously, when I was in school, I would ask to spend recess time in the library... i love to read!