Chasing the American Dream

This book is written like a movie scene, past to present.

The storyteller is Corey James, an old man over ninety years old. His nickname was Spend a Dollar. Corey James (Spend a Dollar) went from losing the love of his life, his wife, to living on the street in cardboard boxes under city bridges, to living in a mansion where he told of his past adventures and other people’s past adventures.

Corey James speaks of two people, Spider Web and Spider Legs. Two people who pulled a lot of pranks in their childhood days. After each prank, they would say, “Another one falls on top, on top of the web.” Then they would give each other a high five. What is a spider without a web?

Corey James speaks of a man named Zell Vickio, a man who was always seeking wise council. A man who left the mob and lived to tell the story to others.

Then Corey James speaks of a book writer named Floyd Stewart, who wrote the book Revenge for Charles Johnson’s Lynching. Out of that book came a controversial subject: the Percentage Man. Was the Percentage Man one-third white, one-third black, one-third Indian? Was the Percentage Man 100 percent white, 100 percent black, 100 percent Chinese, 100 percent Japanese? Which one are you?

In the book Revenge for Charles Johnson’s Lynching, the KKK ringleader had some nigga in him. His roots weren’t 100 percent white. So why was he lynching niggas?

The book writer, Floyd Stewart, wrote other poems and short stories that were controversial. Leave it to Beaver scenes, you may recall, the giving of the high five. Then there was a controversial short story (2035). Do witches and hell vampires go to heaven? Or are they hell bound?

--Floyd Stewart Jr.



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