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ON MY NIGHTSTAND - Spring 2017


All's Welles That Ends Welles

The man was a genius, a creative innovator and maverick who bucked the system and eventually suffered the consequences. John DeLorean? Could be, but this is Orson Welles. Voodoo Macbeth actor's son has penned a graphic novel about the historic Orson Welles play. (scroll down)


A young man meets a modern-day mystic and an unexpected road trip of the soul begins.

The just-released book by Mark Susnow.

“Much wisdom is revealed in this ambitious lifelong journey of uncertainty, discovery and enlightenment."

J. Macon King, Publisher Mill Valley Literary Review.


From Mark Susnow, author of Dancing on the River, The Soul of Uncertainty - A Fable for our Times. “... a tale of a wanderer’s inner awakenings ... thanks to the author’s easy, inviting prose, readers should find themselves rewarded.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS

“Captivating! Let The Soul of Uncertainty be your guiding light as you travel through a world of wonder and mystery.” —MARCI SHIMOFF, #1 New York Times Best-selling Author, Happy for No Reason; Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul

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Orson Welles mastered radio, his The War of the Worlds broadcast shot him to fame and notoriety. His film Citizen Kane is still considered one of the best of all times. But first, and foremost, Welles was playing out of bounds as Broadway's youngest theatre impressario. "Voodoo" MacBeth:

Welles, age 22.

Norris Burroughs' graphic novel "Voodoo MacBeth," is based on his father Eric's participation in Orson Welles's WPA staging of MacBeth. The real drama in 1936: using (collective white society gasp) a Negro MacBeth! and a mostly black cast with a changeup to a jungle setting and voodoo instead of witchcraft. Welles was a barely twenty-one and everyone seemed to be against him, the communists, the blacks and the whites. But All's Welles That Ends Welles, despite all odds Orson's production was a hit.

Norris said of his father, "He often spoke of Welles with awe and respect for the sheer audacity of his accomplishment." and "I think that the production was one of the most significant in the history of theater. I would compare it to Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey's breaking the color line in baseball."  

Norris Burroughs's graphic novel is used in curriculums at a number of schools such as Marymount University, and that he will be appearing on an Orson Welles panel at the Pop Culture Association Convention in San Diego.

Norris Burroughs' book, My Madonna, is featured in Salon.

Meet Norris Burroughs in Salon. Available http://norrisburroughs.com/voodoo_macbeth.html

Thanks to Ray Kelly at Wellesnet.com - see more on this Wellsian production and a rare film clip http://www.wellesnet.com/son-of-voodoo-macbeth-actor-pens-graphic-novel-about-historic-play/ and


Rare audio clip of Orson Welles interviewing HG Welles (no relation) on radio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUdghSMTXsU

Easter egg art by Burroughs at bottom of Review.

Tells of a family's struggle to come together and survive in the midst of national crisis. A stirring, fast-paced novel about what matters most in the face of devastating end-times chaos. Filled with gripping action and relatable characters, readers are drawn into the heart-rending dilemmas each member of the Bonham family faces. (from book blurb)

A politically challenging "how-to" survival manual for a worse-case secenario America in which the nanny state not only fails its citizens, but turns against them. A heart-felt book which we found surprisingly well-written and compelling. The author, LaVoy Finicum was killed on the evening of January 26, 2016 by a special forces unit including Oregon State Troopers and FBI Officers. His family and friends say he was allegedly assasinated for his political views. (by MillValleyLit)




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