Jarod Powell


Jarod Powell is a filmmaker, actor and award-winning author. He was born in Sikeston, Missouri, and has worked in media and entertainment since 2006. He is best known for his work on the documentary "A Letter to a Terrorist," which garnered international notoriety, as well as his books: "Inheritance and Other Stories," and the poetry collection "Poor Man's Imaginary Friend." His debut novel, "Boys in Gilded Cages," is available in eBook format now. He resides in Los Angeles, CA, and Saint Louis, MO.

Smashwords Interview

In Boys in Gilded Cages, you reference Westboro Baptist Church quite a bit. Any particular reason?
Well, I don't just reference them, I sort of create a whole world around them, and Christian extremists in general. But, yes, I do name them. I started writing this book before Fred Phelps died, and for a while I thought I might just scrap it, because I assumed the church was on the wane. But quite the contrary! They are very efficient attention-hogging machines, now more than ever. Look, no one takes them seriously; and yes, they're easy targets. But it is my belief that while they may be good for a laugh, they are detrimental to humanity, every time a news corporation decides to give them any attention. I have the same disdain for the Westboro Baptist Church that most of America has for the Kardashians. It's the same thing to me.
What are your five favorite books? Why?
Oh, geez. Okay! I'd have to say number one, hands down, is 'Light in August' by Faulkner. His execution of symbolism, the way he handled such heavy themes - Isolation, racism, self-actualization...the prose is perfectly balanced. It's so very controlled. He was truly the master of his universe, and his craft.

Number two would have to be 'The Bluest Eye' by Toni Morrison. Can you tell I'm a fan of first novels? She experimented in such a way that was a pretty big gamble - the use of primer books to illustrate an epidemic of illiteracy. It doesn't hit the gut of race and culture much harder than that. Plus, it's a real heartbreaker.

Number three is probably Mysterious Skin, by Scott Heim. I often found myself comparing that book to 'Lolita,' which isn't apt or fair at all, but underage male hustlers are probably the last taboo, except they don't seem to be taboo at all for whatever reason. The book examines child abuse in a way that is unflinching, but tender. It's a beautiful book, and the film by Gregg Arraki is definitely worth seeing, as well. Joseph Gordon Levitt should have won some awards for that, if he didn't.

I'm picking number four purely out of nostalgia: Catcher in the Rye. I don't think I could read it now, but when I was sixteen, that was the book that inspired me to write. I'm absolutely sure I'm not alone.

Number five: Candide by Voltaire. I love incendiary satire.
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Keith R Parker
Latest book: Short Story: Over The Line.
Published May 16, 2015. (4.83 from 6 reviews)

Smashwords book reviews by Jarod Powell

  • Short Story: Over The Line on May 19, 2015

    Wow, this book offers great wisdom. I just finished it, and will be reading it again soon. So much more than meets the eye here. If you like your fiction heavy on authentic philosophical pondering and spirituality, (or even if you don't - it's just a very good book!) - I recommend OVER THE LINE.