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Recently e-published writer ‘digs humanity’ Like Richard Pryor and James Baldwin, Dwight Hobbes speaks his mind

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Name the subject — any subject — and Dwight Hobbes will have something unique to say about it. After his writing appeared over the years in such publications as Reader’s Digest, Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, Essence and the MSR, Hobbes finally relented after being oft-asked when he’d write a book. “People kept nagging me,” said Hobbes recently in an MSR contributing-writer-to-staff-writer conversation. As a result, his Something I Said (Papyrus Publishing, 2012) contains previously published essays, along with a half dozen more added specifically for the book — 33 in all in an uncompromising, reflective, “candid, no-holds-barred” style — ranging over such topics as domestic abuse, rape, race and relationship issues. Continue Reading →

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Hobbes holds nothing back in ‘what’s on my mind’ tell-all — MSR contributor publishes collection of essays, columns

 

 
A book review
By Marcie Rendon

Contributing Writer

 

Something I Said: Essays on Domestic Abuse, Rape, Relationships and Other Critical Social Issues (Papyrus Publishing, Inc.) is a collection of previously published commentaries and essays by Dwight Hobbes. He is a man who on one hand throws down hardcore thoughts faster than most folks dare to think them and then, in typical Dwight Hobbes fashion, confounds it all by dedicating his book to the two purring kitties that have wrapped their tails around his heart. Like Richard Pryor on his recording Is It Something I Said?, Hobbes sets out to confront the reader, awake the reader, and if the reader doesn’t wake up fast enough, slap the reader across the head with words until the reader sits up and asks incredulously, “Did this guy just write what I think he wrote?” And no matter the reaction of the reader, Hobbes keeps writing. The essays in his book are culled from various publications over a 20-plus-year career of writing everything from plays, articles, columns, poetry and songs to performing on his guitar. Continue Reading →

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