Dan Cuddy, poet and editor had the following to say about Clarence Brown’s NEEDS:
“I thought his reading from his novel was gripping. The subject matter doesn’t interest me in itself but Brown’s writing brought the characters and scenes alive. You felt for the characters too. They weren’t newspaper-like figures but real people though, of course, they are fictional. However, it seems obvious that he has had the misfortune in some way to be witness to that horrid world. Brown’s detail and his verbal dexterity rivet. I can see why you and others are bowled over by his writing. Good writing can lift a repugnant subject from the mire, give people who society stigmatizes as ‘drug addicts’ and make them alive for us to where we feel for them. There is both a participation in and a detachment from the scene. Those contradictory qualities help allow us to share the story. The bottom-line for the book’s success is Clarence Brown’s writing skill.”
BrickHouse Books knows how much you love books you can feel, smell, dogear, chew around the edges, etc., and so do we. However, sometimes an eBook version is just the thing for convenient travel or storage of a vast collection. We’re proud to say that you can now purchase the following BrickHouse Books publications for your e-reader (Kindle, Nook, Moby, Sony, etc.):
Clarence Brown, NEEDS
Miriam Kotzin, The Real Deal
Edward McCrorie, Gretchen: A Story in Verse
Baari Shabazz et al, For Colored Guys Who Have Gone Beyond Suicide and Found No Rainbow. (Note: eBook publication of this book marks its fifth printing. First editions are selling on eBay for $250.)
Can you tell we’re excited about Clarence Brown’s Needs? If you’ve heard Clarence on The Signal or saw him at Eubie Blake, or you’re just curious to learn what all the fuss is about, come on out to the Charles Village Barnes & Noble Wednesday, February 29. The reading starts at 7, and Clarence will sign books after. Post-Valentine’s presents, anyone?