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  • Writing, reading and rock and roll

    Posted by JOHN BIALAS on May 22, 2015

    Four new books have helped renew my passion for reading, and the writers have lived in the spirit of rock and roll.

    The rock and roll spirit especially lives in 60-year-old British singer and former Slits guitarist Viv Albertine in her memoir "Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys." Her stories are like vignettes, or in this case, Vivettes. You read one and then you want to read another and another, and before you know it, there are no more.

    The other new books I am reading are memoirs by illustrious New York rock critics Robert Christgau and Richard Goldstein, both in their 70s, and the latest novel by the always entertaining British writer Nick Hornby, at 58 the youngest one in this group.

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  • Review: I have all the time in the world to listen to books

    Posted by Nathasha Helton on April 16, 2015

    I spend about two-and-a-half hours a day in my car, so I have little time to read. I have all the time in the world to listen, though.

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  • Book review: Coast Katrina fiction in 'Aftermath Lounge' reflects real life, real people

    Posted by JOHN BIALAS on April 15, 2015

    The work of Katrina fiction I have always wanted to read has arrived.

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  • A Golden anniversary in Biloxi

    Posted by JOHN BIALAS on February 28, 2015

    Golden anniversaries are for 50 years of marriage.

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  • An opinion on how to raise $1M needed to finish Biloxi ballpark on time

    Posted by JOHN BIALAS on February 26, 2015

    OK, I know a Mississippi attorney general's opinion prevents selling the naming rights to the playing field at MGM Park in Biloxi. So in a satirical sports fantasy world, maybe selling sponsorships for all the ideas on this list would make the Shuckers' million dollar home opener happen in April:

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  • John B's One-Man Krewe of Irreverence trivia quiz

    Posted by JOHN BIALAS on February 13, 2015

    This is one of the Mardi Gras T-shirts available at Wal-Mart.

    The last Mardi Gras parade I attended was in 1986 in New Orleans, and the last Biloxi parade I attended was in 1976, so this may be more of a test for me than for you.

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