vic fortezza
3 min readFeb 19, 2022

This is Hansel Enmanuel Donato Dominguez. Born in the DR, he’s six-six, in school in Florida. At six his arm was amputated after a cinder block wall collapsed and trapped him for two hours. Despite his handicap, he is receiving college athletic scholarship offers. Kudos. (Photo from Google)

The newest spin on playing the race card is blaming white supremacists.

SMH — what happened to the free press? Excerpt from nypost.com editorial: “The Associated Press admits it’s taken $8 million from climate activists to write about their pet issues, so it’s ‘assigning more than two dozen journalists across the world to cover climate issues.’” Will they publish articles by those who refute climate change?

Sam bought Curious Sicilian from me curbside. Here’s his Amazon review:
“I was skeptical at first about the concept — mixing non-fiction essays about the author’s life with fictional short stories. But not only did the book work, the stories flowed so smoothly together stylistically that if Fortezza hadn’t labeled some of his pieces as non-fiction, I couldn’t have told the difference. That’s a compliment, because his fictional tales ring true, with realistic characters and an authentic voice, while his non-fiction stories are so compelling they read as smooth as fiction, since real life is rarely captured so clearly. Quite a literary accomplishment!
On the fictional front, I loved Wonder Wheel, about a chance meeting with a woman waiting to board Coney Island’s iconic Ferris wheel (alone).
The non-fiction stories that thrilled me the most were about Fortezza hitchhiking across the country, skydiving, and bungee jumping. The stories provided a vicarious thrill as I would never have the nerve to try any of those activities. Fortezza’s ‘character’ takes readers right along for the ride and shares the thrills of a lifetime.

The collection is impressive both individually and holistically. Fortezza has the ability to convey deep truths in simple stories, whether the experiences are real or imagined.”

I was hesitant to include Wonder Wheel, as I lost confidence in it after it was bashed by an editor long ago. Now I’m happy it’s part of the latest show. Thanks, Sam.

I put in less than two hours today at the floating book shop. There was no sunshine to provide warmth and sparse flurries started to fall, so I bailed. My thanks to the sweet elderly woman who bought two hardcovers in Russian, and to the gentleman who did a swap and buy of titles in that language; and to Bill Brown, author of Words and Guitar: A History of Lou Reed’s Music and other fine books, who purchased a book on the Iraq War which I doubted would ever sell and Close Encounters of the Third Kind by Steven Spielberg. I believe Close Encounters… is Spielberg’s only novelization, although there are several pictorials that he contributed to, including ET (1982) and Saving Private Ryan (1998).

My Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Vic-Fortezza/e/B002M4NLJE

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vic fortezza

I was born in Brooklyn in 1950 to Sicilian immigrants. I’ve had more than 50 short stories published world wide. I have 13 books in print.