All posts by Anthony Olszewski

Anthony Olszewski has written on a wide variety of topics: cage birds, tropical fish, popular culture, the poetry of Amiri Baraka and a chapter on genetics for a veterinary text book, as a small sample. He worked as an editor at a magazine produced by TFH, the world's largest publisher of pet books. Anthony Olszewski is the author of a booklet on Hudson County history, Hudson County Facts, and a book of short stories, Second Thief, Best Thief, that are sold on Amazon. Anthony Olszewski established PETCRAFT.com in 1996. A pioneer on the Web, the Site continues to provide unique information on a range of companion animals, focusing on birds and fish. As a community service, he operates Jersey City Free Books. Anthony Olszewski was born in Jersey City, NJ (Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital, 1956) and is a member of Mensa.

Even when prison is funny, it’s no joke — Jersey City Free Books is proud to supply books for the production of Orange Is the New Black

For the Hunger Games internal colonies of rural and inner-city America, incarceration is the peculiar routine. Vast numbers pass through prison, going from little to less opportunity, and then only when life is not shattered or converted completely to crime.

For the many more favored — with concrete walls and steel bars not in city’s centers, but hidden by darkness at the edges — the places of captivity are easy not to see. To ignore suffering is in itself an evil, but if that’s not reason enough, the outcome of nurturing a rot deep within society cannot be good.

Orange Is the New Black — with a light touch — opens the doors of a prison and brings millions inside for a brief visit. The human spirit shines through with the humor, but the situation’s reality is not disguised. And maybe, hopefully, viewers will continue to think at the end of each episode about the Country and the times in which they live.

Jersey City Free Books is proud to supply books for the production of Orange Is the New Black.

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Since 2002, the United States has had the highest incarceration rate in the world. Although prison populations are increasing in some parts of the world, the natural rate of incarceration for countries comparable to the United States tends to stay around 100 prisoners per 100,000 population. The U.S. rate is 500 prisoners per 100,000 residents, …

… And these men are overwhelmingly young: Incarceration rates are highest for those in their 20s and early 30s. Prisoners also tend to be less educated: The average state prisoner has a 10th grade education, and about 70 percent have not completed high school. Incarceration rates are significantly higher for blacks and Latinos than for whites. In 2010, black men were incarcerated at a rate of 3,074 per 100,000 residents; Latinos were incarcerated at 1,258 per 100,000, and white men were incarcerated at 459 per 100,000. …

Blacks, particularly young black males, make up a disproportionate share of the U.S. prison population. In 2008, young black men (ages 18-34) were at least six times more likely to be incarcerated than young white men (see Table 2), according to a recent analysis by Becky Pettit, a University of Washington sociologist.7 She finds that young black males without a high school diploma were more likely to be in prison or jail (37 percent) on any given day in 2008 than to be working (26 percent).

Only in the last few decades has the passage into prison of young black men with little schooling emerged as routine. “For these young men, born since the mid-1970s, serving time in prison has become a normal life event,” note Pettit and Bruce Western, a Harvard sociologist.

http://www.prb.org/articles/2012/us-incarceration.aspx
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In memory of Cleo Odzer

When your fifteen minutes of fame comes right from Andy Warhol himself, what do you do for an encore?

If you’re Cleo Odzer, the answer is quite a bit.

Cleo lived as a hippy in Goa, India, becoming heavily involved in both drug use and trafficking there. She returned to New York, stopped taking drugs and went on to earn a PhD in Anthropology. Cleo worked full-time in Communications for a substance abuse not-for-profit, wrote three books — Goa Freaks: My Hippie Years in India, Patpong Sisters: An American Woman’s View of the Bangkok Sex World, and Virtual Spaces: Sex and the Cyber Citizen. This, plus a cable TV show and Web projects.

In the late-90s, I maintained the Max’s Kansas City Web Site. Cleo Odzer, a MKC regular some thirty years before, sent me the Andy Warhol column seen below. We emailed each other fairly often. After a while, the messages reflected that she was increasingly unhappy with life in New York.

Then Cleo Odzer sent a message that she’d gone to Goa and was overjoyed to find that many of her friends still were there. I didn’t receive any more emails from Cleo after that. A year or so later, I did a Web search and discovered that she’d died. Cleo Odzer, following in the path of Hesse’s Goldmund, found that a trail that’s smooth and downhill at eighteen is rough and steep decades later.

But just the other day, I heard from Cleo again. Someone brought in a bag of books to donate — one by Cleo Odzer. Through writing, we transcend time and space and so never end, becoming like the angels.

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Cleo

Gerry Miller, the pop scene’s perpendicular pet, was so stunned the other night at Max’s when she spotted her new heart throb (a member of one of the top five groups in the country) necking in the back of Max’s upstairs discotheque with pop-columnist Cleo, that she wrenched the blonde writer from his arms and punched the surprised singer square in the jaw. Cleo only a petite 5’5″, lifted herself up from the floor during the brief skirmish that ensued and whacked Gerry from behind with the closest available thing she could find, a half full salad bowl, spilling lettuce and other assorted greens all over Gerry, her embarassed suitor, and the booth next to them which consisted of Viva!, Rene’ Ricard (that’s another story), and Al Aronowitz. The battle royale that was almost ignited since Viva! and Rene’ “don’t take that stuff from nobody,” was averted when public relations man Dominic Sicilia, an ex-Vic Tanny member, stepped into the middle and put everyone in their seats with some deft Japanese wrestling techniques. We’ve since heard that the enraged Miss Miller (who,incidentally, is featured sans clothes on page 105 of tne November Playboy), promised she “would get Cleo” and is laying out for her nightly in the back room of the scene.

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Renee Ricard

Jersey City Free Books to participate in Jersey City Peace Fest on 06/29/13

Jersey City Free Books to participate in Jersey City Peace Fest on 06/29/13

Jersey City Independent: Activists, Artists Coming Together for Jersey City Peace Fest

What:
A FREE community event for activist groups local to Jersey City to come together in peace and solidarity.

Where:
Pershing Field Community Center
Pershing Field Park — Manhattan and Summit Avenues, Jersey City
http://goo.gl/maps/znctY

When:
Saturday, June 29, 2013
2:00pm until 7:00pm

For more information:
Erik-Anders Nilsson
jcpeacemovement@hotmail.com

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
FREE!

Come and meet, learn about and join these local, progressive
community organizations on SATURDAY June 29th from 2pm until 7pm in the Pershing Field Vietnam Veteran’s Community Center which is in the center of the Pershing Field Park between Central and Summit Avenues – near Manhattan Avenue in JERSEY CITY.

PARTICIPATING GROUPS:

– Jersey City Free Books
https://www.facebook.com/JerseyCityFreeBooks

– Civics For The Emerging Activist
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Civics-For-The-Emerging-Activist/309087559184959

– Black Waxx Multimedia
http://blackwaxx.com/

– Occupy Jersey City
https://www.facebook.com/groups/510165532365370/?fref=ts

– Jersey City Food Not Bombs
https://www.facebook.com/JerseyCityFNB

– We Are Change – NJ

– Truth-Media.info
http://www.truth-media.info/

– Jersey City Peace Movement
https://www.facebook.com/JCPeaceMovement

– Guerrilla Activism Radio
http://guerrillactivismradio.com/

– Jersey City Film Crafting Collaborative

– Club for the Uniquely Abled
https://www.facebook.com/groups/100988936620049/?fref=ts

– Anakbayan NJ
https://www.facebook.com/anakbayan.nj

– AngelaCARES, Inc.
https://www.facebook.com/AngelaCARESInc?fref=ts

INVITED groups
Still waiting for confirmation:

– Action 21
– Jersey City Homelessness Advocacy Group

Bands / Musicians:

-Snowball 37

-Audiobodies
https://www.facebook.com/TheAudioBodies

– Jonathan Detres (Bagpiper)
https://www.facebook.com/JonathanDetresPuertoRicanBagpiper?fref=ts

-Grace and Joseph (instrument duet)

Artists:
-Andy Michael Madrona
-Gary Wynans
-Roxana Zavala Marroquin
-Miguel Estevao Paula Brito
-Jessica Siemens
https://www.facebook.com/JessicaSiemensPhotography1?fref=ts

(more to be added!)

-Light Refreshments
-Literature/Documentaries
-Art
-Live Entertainment and Cultural Performances

Help Jersey City Free Books help seniors, students, the unemployed and working families!

Jersey City Free Books -- stop by to pick up a book or donate yours for others to use and enjoy.

Donate at the Jersey City Free Books GoFundMe Page.

Jersey City Free Books needs your help! Support reading in your community by donating quality books at 297 Griffith Street, Jersey City, NJ 07307 during the hours listed at the Main Page of the Web Site.

We particularly need solid recent fiction and non-fiction, including text books less than three years old. Literary classics are always welcome. Children’s titles and books of all types in languages other than English are great, too.

We can’t take damaged books, encyclopedias or text / computer books more than a couple of years old! Current students can’t use out-of-date text books. Even if the subject doesn’t change, the book does. Audio or video tapes also can’t be used. We currently can’t accept any more Self-Help, Mysteries, Thrillers, or Romances.

Books can only accepted when the shop is open. PLEASE! Don’t leave anything outside! When you arrive, let us know that you are here. Then, we’ll assist with the unloading,

Contributions of any amount by PayPal are always welcome.

The shop hours are listed at the Main Page of the Web Site.

Jersey City Free Books CAN’T ACCEPT these!

Do you have household items, small appliances or anything else still in the box that you’re never going to use? Please consider donating these items to Jersey City Free Books. We urgently need to raise funds. Anything that we can sell or use as a promotion for crowdfounding will be GREATLY appreciated!

Jersey City Free Books can also use these items:

  • Picnic and card tables
  • Metal or wood shelves similar to the ones now in the shop.
  • Clear plastic drawers from storage organizers
  • Clear plastic storage containers with lids
  • Gigabyte switches
  • Computers, cell phones or tablets less than four years old
    (Either working or non-working — Secure removal and erasure of data is performed on all devices.)

Thank you!

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Jersey City Free Books is a community book store that provides something to read without charge, obligation, registration or indoctrination. Jersey City Free Books serves seniors, students, the unemployed and working families. Thousands of books are available. Everyone is welcome to take any number of books for their reasonable, personal use. Jersey City Free Books is eager to assist local charities by providing quantities of books.

http://JerseyCityFreeBooks.com

The Facebook Page is
https://www.facebook.com/JerseyCityFreeBooks

E-mail: anthony.olszewski@gmail.com

Free books for hospitals, shelters, homes for the elderly, and halfway houses

Donate books and other ways to help Jersey City Free Books!

Many, MANY paperback Romances, Mysteries and Thrillers are available from Jersey City Free Books at 297 Griffith St. Hours are listed at JerseyCityFreeBooks.com We can supply institutions with these books in quantity.

Please just bring boxes for packing when you stop by to pick up the books. The cartons that 8.5″ X 11″ copy paper come in work great.

For those looking for books in quantities, it’s best not to stop by during bad weather. On those days, we quite likely might not be able to assist you.

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Jersey City Free Books
297 Griffith St.
Jersey City, NJ 07307

The current schedule is at the Web Site:
http://JerseyCityFreeBooks.com

Jersey City Free Books is a community book store that provides something to read without charge, obligation,registration or indoctrination. Jersey City Free Books serves seniors, students, the unemployed and working families.

Thousands of books are available. Everyone is welcome to take any number of books for their reasonable, personal use. Jersey City Free Books is eager to assist local charities by providing quantities of books.

The Facebook Page is
https://www.facebook.com/JerseyCityFreeBooks

Jersey City Free Books always can use donations of solid recent fiction and non-fiction, including text books less than three years old. Literary classics are always welcome. Children’s books and books of all types in languages other than English are great, too.

Jersey City Free Books ponders the wisdom of Mae West.

Mae West said, “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!” (Is this where Clairol got the idea that blondes have more fun?) Not to delve too deeply into the inner significance of a dead actress (or advertising campaign), Jersey City Free Books has encountered a similar situation. The happy homemaker gene has fully expressed itself during the current rainy spell. (After all, Martha Stewart was born in Jersey City. If she was raised here she would’ve known enough to keep her yap shut when the FBI rang the bell, but that’s a topic for another discussion.) Day at the beach, mountains, park, etc. cancelled, many have spent the gloomy free time cleaning — and clearing out boxes of unused books to donate.

Jersey City Free Books recently has received THOUSANDS of books. Many, many different works of fiction and non-fiction just can’t wait to make friends with you.

All are encouraged to stop by to pick up a book, especially those without jobs. Many among the long-term unemployed, not able now to afford the expense, are finding it necessary to give up Internet access. Even though not “wired,” through books, they can stay connected to the world of ideas.

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Jersey City Free Books
http://JerseyCityFreeBooks.com
https://www.facebook.com/JerseyCityFreeBooks

A community book exchange serving Jersey City, Hoboken and all of Hudson County.
Jersey City Free Books is located at:
297 Griffith St.
(Just off of Kennedy Blvd. in the Jersey City Heights. A few blocks north of Manhattan Ave.)
Jersey City, NJ 07307

Jersey City Free Books is open
Monday 12PM to 5PM
Tuesday 12PM to 5PM
Wednesday 12PM to 5PM
Thursday 12PM to 8PM
Friday 12PM to 8PM
Saturday 10AM to 6PM