Thursday, December 13, 2012

WILLIS GORDON: A SCRIBE YOU NEED TO KNOW

Willis from Brad Heaton on Vimeo.


If you don't know bourbon-soaked scribe Willis Gordon, it's about time you did.

I've had the pleasure of being in his company as an Revolutionary Voice over at Adam Schirling's Drunken Absurdity, the underground (and underrated) sanctuary and asylum for writers and poets. Upon reading perusing his work, I became interested in his voice almost immediately.

What can be said about the charismatic author that the above video doesn't show? Not many creative people are willing to channel (and hone for that matter) an honest sincerity and blunt bravery in their work. Like Gordon, more writers should be willing to express the nature of what pains them by digging deep and essentially tapping into the only honest frame of reference they have.

Hailing from Canton, Ohio, Gordon is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces (Navy) — and shit, let's just thank him for that. When he isn't scribbling in Moleskines, he is also a biting political columnist and essayist where no one is safe. The moment he referred to undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. as a "spoilsport prick" in an interview with Horror, Sleaze, Trash, I was further hooked. The man is simply not afraid to call it as he sees it.

His first two books, 'The Long Road Home' and 'The Empty Boulevards' are available at Amazon (in both digital and print form). Check 'em out. His next effort, 'Cowards and Thieves: Sex Drugs Politics and the Search for American Salvation' is due out in Fall 2013.

For more, visit his blog, 'Like' his Facebook fan page or follow him on Twitter.

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