Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
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Someone I need to read

I was reading an AP interview with Walter Mosley, a name I didn't recognize responsible for creating a character I only sort of recognized. Now I want to read his stuff.

Walter Mosley created the detective "Easy" Rawlins for the novel Devil In a Blue Dress, made into what I've heard is a pretty good movie starring Denzel Washington. He's now written the final book in what became a series on Rawlins. I first decided I need to read Mosley's work because of this comment of his:
"I've got other things to write. I've written 3,000 pages of Easy Rawlins. If you really miss him, go back and reread."
I'm an inveterate re-reader; I support re-reading ("Some books are to be tasted, others swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested" is good philosophy, I'd say); and mentioning that is one way to my heart. So's his philosophy, which he practices as well as he preaches, that a writer should write as broadly as possible:
He's written young adult books, science fiction, erotica, biography, screenplays and even a book on how to write a novel. And he's working on a collection of science fiction novellas that have no connection to each other, except for the theme: In every one, a black man destroys the world. But Mosley is mostly known for his crime books -- a fact that he blames on marketing...

"If you look at the history of writing, most people write all kinds of different things. It's only recently that people concentrate, and that's because it's how writers can be sold."
Among his work is political writing, and he said something about public political involvement and finding common ground that really struck me:
He writes a lot of political monographs, he says, because someone needs to write pedestrian tracks on major political issues... So he's working on a Web site called the Democracy Initiative that he says will help put the power back into public hands. The site will set up voters with political activists and offer advice and aid on how to take action for causes that are important to the public -- from saving cats to gun rights to abortion rights.

"It's not partisan -- that's the best thing," he says.

"You can be in the Aryan brotherhood in Idaho, or a Black Nationalist Separatist in Detroit and still want education and medical care for your children. You can say, 'Look, we may not get along or understand each other, but we both want this for our kids.' Now that's progress."
Read the AP piece. And likely you'll want to read what he's written. I know I do.
Tags: books, politics
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