J. Lewis Celeste is the author of the novel, “Gettin’ Paid,” along with several short stories and poems. He is an innovative social commentator who encourages readers to question their opinions. J. Lewis Celeste challenges readers to evaluate their own beliefs, values, and perspectives—and at times, their own “selves”—for his writing centers upon the universal, transcendental themes of the human condition.
Published: March 22, 2018.
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"To better illustrate my dear and her habits, consider the following: she cleaned her glasses twice daily; mornings after breakfast and evenings before supper, invariably, even if the course of her day was disrupted . . ." (**a work in progress)
A boy's need for intestinal fortitude compels a grandfather to share his tale of courage and commitment. What begins, as a simple mission to fortify a child's mettle becomes a binding legacy that transcends families and friends and serves to teach us all what the term "guts" truly means.
**New edition as of 4/11/18 (I noticed "Meatgrinder" formatting issues present in previous upload!)
"This story, if for any other reason, is about place. And it is about what having place cost, and my hope is that you will see how you are when given an explaining of the price for place— an explaining of price for your very freedom..."
Follow Slaw and Shittin' as they take advantage of the destruction of Hurricane Katrina by looting scrap metal. See how two friends linked together by love and circumstance attempt to better their lives by seizing opportunity while others wait for deliverance. A poignant and moving tale of two souls bound together with tenderness and humanity where society would least expect it.
"Gettin Paid" transports readers to a world of crime and choice through the eyes of street thug Nat Turner. Follow Nat's life of crime from department store rushes to stickups to drug spot hits, the story provides a glimpse of a world in which many live, and more choose to ignore. Whether you are a cashier, a dope pusher, or a bank robber, everything in life comes down to choice. So choose right.