Pig Iron (Book Review)

25622731.jpgWord on the street, David James Keaton writes some amazing books. I had to see if this ish was true, so I digitally cracked open his novel Pig Iron on my Kindle. The first thing that drew me in was the raw, crackling image of a devilish gunslinger on the cover. Tony McMillen who did the art really knocked this one out the park. The wavy font reminded me of those old spaghetti westerns my dad used to watch. I was never into Westerns, but it was part of my childhood and I’m sure they’ve seeped into my subconscious on some level.

A small town called Aqua Fria is running out of water and a Ranger gets word that a dangerous man named Red and his henchmen are riding into town to cause havoc. There’s also rumors of a long lost treasure hidden somewhere in the dying town, but everyone only has three days to find it before dying of dehydration.

This is a weird ass book, but I highly recommend it. It’s something truly different and turns a lot of Western conventions on their head. Keaton seems to write with ease and keeps every chapter funkier than the last.

David James Keaton is the real deal and delivers literary heat with his surreal spaghetti western Pig Iron. Buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/Pig-Iron-David-James-Keaton/dp/1941601030/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1470143217&sr=8-6&keywords=david+james+keaton

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Black Gypsies Cover Reveal


Coming soon from Broken River Books in early 2017. My third book BLACK GYPSIES. Think gangster crime fiction in Chicago. I’m super hyped for this. I’ve been talking about this book for the last couple years and it’s cool seeing it finally come to fruition. Whenever creatives talk about bleeding on the page, I used to roll my eyes, but I did exactly that. I poured a lot of myself into this book. It’s a bit of a departure from my last couple books which are uber weird. This is a lot more accessible with a bit of weirdness sprinkled in there for goodness sake.

Cover art by Matthew Revert.

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Jacque Mirage – Out Here (Official Music Video)

New music video for my song “Out Here” (prod. by Martin $ky). Mirage Season mixtape coming hella soon.



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reading poetry in a room full of strangers

seoul-poetry-readingI wonder if there will come a point in my life when the nerves go away, when the butterflies grow their wings and escape the darkness of my gut. I read a couple poems of mine @Southside Parlor a couple weeks ago. First time ever reading/performing in Seoul. I’m really thankful for the opportunity and the experience. It was fun, but my nerves were a wreck before the Wordsmith event began. I’m sure people didn’t notice though. I was sipping wine and mingling with the other performers before the show.

The night before, I went over the poems in my phone and practiced them in front of an imaginary crowd, trying to nail down the right cadence and tone. Everything went well.

When the evening approached, I did a few tarot cards readings for some friends which was hella accurate. I guess you can consider that a warm-up of sorts because I had small crowd of intoxicated people watching me read cards, and shaking things up. They loved it and everyone came away with newfound knowledge.

I was the third performer and read my poems “Pothole Mansions” (previously read once in Spain at a talent show) and “They – An Ode to DJ Khaled” (freshly unread material) in front of the jam packed bar. Despite my phone slightly shaking in hand, people laughed and I got a few knowing nods of affirmation at the right moments. It was cool to see the crowd engaged.

I had a good amount of my people come out and support me which helped ease the stress. The other performers were just as nervous, but everyone was pretty damn impressive in terms of content and delivery.  Plus, I made a few new friends that night and was able to talk literature, astrology and poetry.

I left the scene feeling inspired and invigorated. Really felt the need to step my game up and sharpen my poetic knives.

I can’t wait to do another reading and battle with my nerves once again.

*On a sidenote-the poems were recorded on video so be on the lookout for those soon.


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Jacque Mirage – March 2nd (New Music Alert)

Here’s a new track called “March 2nd” (prod. by Heaven in Stereo). A somewhat personal track. Listen/download below.



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mercury retrograde feels

Mercury’s going direct in a handful of days. I can’t wait for this to happen. I used to be a bit skeptical of Mercury retrograde when I first learned about it a few years ago. I started studying astrology more closely and realized it’s real. Technological issues always happen. Issues with traveling. Faulty communication. Just a ridiculous amount of human glitching.


The last couple weeks of work have been especially stressful mainly because of computer issues. Despite this, I managed to keep myself grounded in writing and finishing up projects that I’ve been sitting on for far too long.

I went to Korea’s largest amusement park Everland over the weekend. There was a shitload of people there even though it was Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving). I managed to go through a pretty cool horror maze, rode a few rides and got a sugar high so it was successful. Shoutout to candy floss.

I watched Child’s Play 1 & 2 over the weekend as well. It’s been years since I’ve watched them, but they’re still pretty fun and amusing. It’s strange to see how much Chucky has changed throughout the franchise and the comedic aspects planted in number 2.

There a bunch of good publishing news I want to share, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise. And I’ve been writing a lot of music as of late. Can’t wait to share it with you.


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Selected Unpublished Blog Posts of a Mexican Panda Express Employee (Review)


I finished reading the Selected Unpublished Blog Posts of a Mexican Panda Express Employee by Megan Boyle the other day. This is the first time I’ve been exposed to her writing and I’m writing this review in a style very similar to this book.

I really enjoyed the minimalistic style. Didn’t take too much work on my part as a reader. Boyle writes easy to digest paragraphs. I mean these are unpublished blogposts.

Some people might be turned off by the simplicity of the writing, but on other hand it’s one of Boyle’s strengths and adds to her appeal. She tends to touch on everyday moments of her life. They may seem non-sequential in the whole scheme of things. However, everyone can relate to a lot of these seemingly boring moments and writes them in a way that really resonates.

Wonders if this review sucks or if anyone visits this blog. Stops self-deprecation and charges forward.

The book reads like a diary at times. A confessional booth. You know I’m a nosey mofo so a lot of passages really drew me in.

She touches on everything including food, sex, friends, her inner-most thoughts, social maneuvering, depression, loneliness, etc.

It’s 11:11 in Seoul. Make a wish.

Book reminds me of live journal posts. And yeah, that’s a compliment. This is a collection of poetry that doesn’t feel boring or stale as literary/traditional poetry.

Boyle’s kinda sorta associated with alt-lit (I think). Still not sure what to make of the genre. I do know it has to do with technology and internet culture and DIY aesthetic. And I heard alt-lit pretty much imploded last year. So here’s some digital flowers #RIP

This is a bold collection. Boyle invites us to sit on a couch in her pysche. At times it’s uncomfortable, funny, quirky, and all too-human. Relatable resonating swag.

Curious to see what Boyle whips up next. I’m sure one if she writes fictional novel her characters will really stand out. She has this knack for observing people and locking in on certain aspect of them which make humanity terrible and wonderful at the same time.

Fin. End of review.

Do yourself a favor and buy this book here.



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