CD Review: Be Yourself by Dimestore Prophets

Artist: Dimestore ProphetsAlbum: Be YourselfStyle: Groove, Reggae, Rock, Pop, AcousticRelease Date: April 5, 2014Reviewed by: Christopher Zoukis Dimestore Prophets (not to be confused with “Dime Store Prophets,” a Christian rock band that dissolved in the late ’90s and known for a song called “Hitler’s Girlfriend”) bills itself as a three-piece groove, rock, and reggae band […]

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CD Review: Arisen Upon Oblivion

Artist: Unfathomed AbyssAlbum: Arisen Upon OblivionReleased: October 2014Reviewed by: Christopher Zoukis Black metal music is usually grouped under the umbrella heading of heavy metal music, with the caveat that black metal is a “radical” subdivision of the genre. It is characterized by wailing guitars, screaming vocals, and rapid cadence. Heavy make-up, also known as “corpse […]

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Interview with an Aphorist

Christopher Spranger aphorizes.  And he does it quite well.  In fact, he is the world’s greatest ‘living’ aphorist.  He lives and thinks and aphorizes[1] in Santa Barbara, California, a place where the weather is always perfect. A few of the more famous dead aphorists are E.M. Cioran, Joseph Joubert and Karl Krauss.  Christopher is their […]

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Book Review: Hard Time

Hard Time:  A Brit in America’s Toughest Jail By Shaun Attwood Mainstream Publishing 2010 ISBN:  1845966511 $16 Reviewed by Christopher Zoukis Most people are happily ignorant of the difference between the term ‘jail’ and ‘prison.’  And since you don’t learn the difference until after you’ve been arrested, ignorance is indeed bliss.  Jail is where prisoners […]

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CD Review: Eugene by Goste

CD Review: EugeneArtist: gosteGenre: Organic, Electronic, Singer/SongwriterRelease Date: Dec. 4, 2014Reviewed by Christopher Zoukis Somewhere in Brooklyn there’s an “experimental electronic artist” who goes by the singular name of “goste.” As far as I can tell, the term means “to like” in Portuguese and “ghost” in Old Middle English. Goste’s — he does not capitalize […]

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College For Convicts: Available for Purchase

Title: College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons Author: Christopher Zoukis Publisher: McFarland and Company Pages: 300 Genre: Social Sciences/Education Purchase at AMAZON Provide education to prisoners and they won’t return to crime. America accounts for 5 percent of the world’s population, yet incarcerates about 25 percent of the world’s prisoners […]

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Manuscript Finished!

The manuscript of Christopher Zoukis’ latest non-fiction project is finished!  Hooray!  The completed manuscript will be submitted to the publisher — Headpress of the U.K. — in the next few days.  Tentatively titled United Blood Nation:  The Untold Story of the East Coast Bloods, the book was a collaborative effort between Christopher Zoukis and John […]

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