by Will Viharo
Sometimes dreams come true. Most of the time they don’t. It’s the pursuit of those dreams that “builds character,” whether it’s in real life or an old black-and-white movie about some poor sap falling for a snappy dame that drags him down into the dirt before taking him to the cleaners.
As the internationally recognized film historian/preservationist and Turner Classic Movies personality, acclaimed author Eddie Muller knows all about dreams and defeat and the shadowy realms in between, where all the gritty action is…
Some writers are nakedly self-reflective in their fiction (cough, yours truly, cough), while others leave their personal lives out of their work altogether, focusing on the task of unadulterated entertainment.
Yet others, like S.A. Cosby - not that there is anybody really like S.A. Cosby - manage to in infuse their imagination with elements of the reality around them, which gives what is otherwise a literary piece of refined pulp some subliminal socially conscious heft, too.
They say the best way to get to know an artist is through his or her work. Well, I say that, anyway. Exhibit A: multi-talented illustrator/designer/author/editor/publisher George Cotronis. His Facebook posts reveal a smartly cynical personal voice, but his compelling work speaks for itself.