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Kenyatta JP Garcia


Dear readers of Five 2 One,

Admittedly, these past couple of weeks I haven’t been reading as much as I usually do. Most of that is due to having been focusing on running a bit more. So, for the other runners out there here are two books worth your while. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall is book that was a bestseller in 2009 but perhaps you missed it. This isn’t one of your usual sports and athletics books. It is a bit of ethnography and focuses upon a community of Native Mexicans who are amazingly good at long distance running. It is as fascinating as it is inspirational. The second book for you runners out there is Scott Jurek’s Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness. Jurek is a legend in ultrarunning. He is a several times over winner of the Western States 100 and a vegan. This book details the ups and downs of his career and also has recipes interspersed within it. A totally worthwhile read for those of us who are into memoir and creative nonfiction.

Now, with food also on my mind, I give you these two gems. The Complete Book of Raw Food: Healthy, Delicious Vegetarian Cuisine Made With Living Foods by Lori Baird and Julie Rodwell. This is book is filled with all the basics for how to live a raw food lifestyle and includes lots of easy-to-make recipes. If you thought raw was impossible, it’s not and this book will show you how simple and quick clean eating can be. Even if you don’t go full-tilt raw you can still get a lot from this book. The next cookbook is Bryant Terry’s Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine. This is without a doubt the best vegan cookbook I’ve come across in a long time and I was a longtime vegan/vegetarian cook. Absolutely amazing stuff.

Okay, so what have I been reading recently? Well, I’ve been lucky enough to start entering into the flash fiction of Jonathan Eaton. 50 Stories 50 has some well-crafted weirdness that I think the FIVE:2:ONE readers will absolutely enjoy starting with the curious little piece Ghost Eye.



For, poetry, I picked up Michelle Greenblatt’s brain : storm and it’s been hard to put it down.      


    I lived like liquid.
Did not like it, sloshed around in those dark containers, naked – of
course, over-dressed in all that skin – a barrage of glasses, cups,
measuring soppons.

This book is filled with enjambments and juxtapositions to envy. In addition, this book gets very meta which totally works for me and maybe it will for you too. I love a self-aware piece and author.

Around the web, we have @sandmansimonds on instagram who is erasing her own book into intriguingly distilled pieces such as:

I love
my queer heart
breaks through

all people care about the flesh
let’s go to


 Over at @bloofbooks you can see a reprint of one of Shanna Compton’s pieces – “The Driest Place on Earth” which gives us these couplets:


        Nearby, the sea shone or something.
        Nearby, the wingspan of a hawk cast an elongated shadow.

         I listened with horror to the words I was missing.
         A wrongness was growing in the living moon.


Up at there’s a master piece by Amanda Johnston which begins:

 I count the years after you,
know your would-be ages and remember
the sadness that consumed me with the
bitter sound of you, my almost-children.
Could not conceive in conceiving you
our muted heat and all that got
through heaven’s gate to become that
half-wing that was your soul. Was you. 




Happy reading everybody.
The struggle is surreal.
Kenyatta JP Garcia
Litsyle editor