Jerome David Salinger has passed away on January 27th 2010 in his 91 in Cornish, New Hampshire, US. The debut of his literary works, “The Catcher In The Rye”, has become a huge controversy from his era and till now. Especially when the book was cited as a treasure box of answers, in the murder case of Mark David Chapman to the late Beatles’ legendary band member, John Lennon.
It is obvious that Salinger has given some of his real life to Holden Caufield, the main character of the famous book. The miserable and broken soul of a lost young boy had received many rejections in many countries as it was considered too ‘intense’ and emerged the awakening of rebellious ‘punk’ souls of the youngsters. The story also uncovered the real world of being mature and the comparison of staying young and free.
Salinger’s book was taken as the blame for the second time, for another murder attempt to President Reagan in the late 1980s. Yet, the book has been one of the school curricula standard for English Literary subject, in other words, it’s a must-read book for high schoolers. It is still a mystery why “Catcher In The Rye” could lead some lost readers to commit homicide.
As mysterious as the book, Salinger’s death is also a mystery. After his hidden life, no specific detail of his death has been reported. According to a neighbour, Salinger has written several stories unpublished as he wanted it that way, for his own consumption. He said that he adored to write and would like to devote himself to it. So, it is why he should be remembered as one of the great inspiring author, besides he made a significant change in 1920s literary evolution.
I’ve always wanted to be a writer of books. I think it’s because I grew up reading voraciously and because books gave me so much pleasure, I became convinced that I owed the world some measure of reciprocation. For me writing is more than therapy, more than a hobby or career, writing means having a voice, and with that voice quieting people’s fears, rousing their conscience, challenging their thinking, hounding them out of their comfort zone...
In commemoration of Black History Month and Nigeria's Independence Day Anniversary, my debut literary novel, Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman, uses a unique literary device to chronicle the history of Africa’s most populous, complex and controversial country - from pre-colonial times to the end of military dictatorship in 1999. However, Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman is not just a book about history and politics. It is an intimate portrait of a woman who is stripped of everything she knows, a woman who loves her country yet feels betrayed by this country. Their lives are juxtaposed - this woman and her country - morphing like butterflies, evolving over the years.
We live in challenging times as you know. Following deep recession, many have lost their homes and livelihood, the spring in their step also. Safety is not something to be complacent about either. In December 2009, a 23 year old Nigerian male was arrested for a botched bomb detonation aboard a U.S aircraft after being brainwashed by a terrorist network in Britain. Thankfully his concerned father had tipped off the authorities and no innocent lives were lost. However, this incident has alarmed many throughout the world – including honest, well-meaning, Nigerians who are eager to see their country turn a corner after nearly 50 years of Independence from British colonial rule.
Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman is the story of a woman who holds on to her dignity despite her loss and a celebration of the indomitable spirit with which she atones for her past and recreates her reality. Of recent there have not been many strong female characters in African literature and we all need those iconic, fully fleshed out, characters to inspire us as we journey through life. Central to the story is a protagonist, Nkiru, who is kind, witty, enterprising and beautiful but most of all a survivor. This determined disposition, this ability to keep on reflecting, loving and walking regardless, is what we all need now.
For more information about Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman, juicy chapter excerpts and BBC Radio interview go to: http://www.elpwoman.com
So, what was driving our unbridled success – besides prime location, stellar entertainers, outrageous ambiance, buzz on the street, five-star food and drink – and a VIP area that approximated the best of an adult Disneyland and The Four Seasons blended together? In truth, it was the existence of a very simple grey area that draws a fine line between the closest proximity of female flesh to male bodies permitted by law, supercharged by the possibility of, the nuance, the obvious notion that you could reach out … and… just… tut, tut, tut! Why, she wouldn’t permit it, would she? And what gentleman would be so bold? And most important of all, he isn’t allowed to touch the dancer. And therein, dear readers, lies the rub.
The VIP area, ten years previous, was all but unknown. Without it, the grey area that began with taking dancers off the stage and putting them on “portable stages,” or on or at the tables in front of their patrons, would not have had the potential to morph into the most amazing profit center that topless clubs, and their entertainers, have yet come to know. VIP rooms or areas, by themselves, however, are nothing new. Any upscale nightclub has always had a VIP room with an eye on attracting and keeping high-roller or celebrity guests segregated and specially treated. They bring cachet and prestige to the club, attracting the paying hordes that make a club become really hot.
Putting VIP rooms into the topless club was, at first, counterintuitive. The entertainment, plainly, was out front, up on the stage. That’s where the action was. There could be no other action until a context – the creation of the personal dance – was brought into existence. Then came the “Aha!” moment, when suddenly the advantages of the VIP area became glaringly obvious. But back to that grey area: By its nature, it’s a tricky proposition. If real contact was truly permitted in the VIP room, in exchange for money, what you would have is something awfully close to actual prostitution. That is obviously blatantly illegal…and not a good idea for any club hoping not to be burned to the ground by village elders. On the other hand you have human nature, exotic entertainers who are generally motivated and therefore willing to do a little bit more with their customers – in privacy!- to keep those $20 bills coming. The customers, of course, intoxicated by the allure of the entertainer, want more … contact… and with no one there to chaperone or, I daresay, police him…now we have quite a conundrum!
It is essential that the club maintain printed rules and regulations that strictly define the limits of conduct of their entertainers. It is in my best interests as an operator that I follow the rules, adhere to the letter of the law, and maintain a safe and exciting environment for customers and entertainers alike. I’d be happy to show you a copy of the handout that is posted in the dressing rooms of the dances in my clubs, that is explained to every new dance, which minces no words in telling it like it. Dances must not have contact with patrons, and if there is fleeting contact, the warm touch of a dancer’s delicate hand on the suite-and-shirt-encased forearm of a gentleman, for example, it must be clearly nonsexual contact. Beyond that, we are all, as human beings, subject to that thing called human nature. Nobody is perfect. Imperfection inhabits the grey area. And life, and business, goes on as it has for thousands upon thousands of years.
By Alan Markovitz
Alan Markovitz is an American author of a moving memoir about a guy who owns several Penthouse Gentlemen’s Clubs and the country’s No. 1 ranked adult entertainment club (The Ultimate Strip Club List (http://www.tuscl.net/) and The Flight Club. Through his book, "Topless Prophet", we are treated to a first-hand account of a Detroit businessman who has helped change and grow an industry while overcoming many challenges, some life-threatening, some business-endangering. He has spent nearly the past three decades reformulating the ultimate fantasy setting for men.