Thursday, September 24, 2009

New Book Chronicles St. Louisan's "Chasin' Redemption"

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 8:09 AM

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What is redemption? The term has all kinds of different definitions. It can mean:
  • to atone for ones sins
  • deliver one from a debt
  • to achieve salvation
Whichever definition you favor, most all meanings imply some kind of resolution and/or rescue.

The characters in a new book compiled by St. Louis author Antoine Anderson don't always achieve this state of grace, but then that's why the work is titled Chasin' Redemption.

Anderson and his contributing writers (most all of whom hail from the streets of St. Louis) hope their stories and life lessons will eventually lead them to peace -- and help influence others along the way.

It's a somewhat similar theme to Anderson's first book, Walk on the Sidewalk and See What I See, that recalled his days in the street outfit Gangster Disciples and the many tragedies that befell him as a teenager and young adult -- including the early deaths of his parents.

In Chasin' Redemption, the 39-year-old Anderson writes with the psuedonym "Da Outsida," a name under which he performed as a popular hip-hop artist in St. Louis in the mid-1990s. And like a rap song, most every story from Da Outsida in Chasin' Redemption comes in raw, free-flowing verse.

See this book is about the vision that I constantly learn about. These streets just served me a mirror, just served me a hot plate that I thought was nearer than the pot -- apot of gold that is. Hell, if I don't know me my true vision then I've just eaten my dream. If I'm caught up eyein' your Timbs and rims, then I've just switched teams. There's no I in team, so if you ain't taught me shxxt and blamed half your life on this and that, then what did I miss? My vanity my visions, my sanity, my livin'...thanks for the mirror you've given.

Got that? Not exactly?

Well, to be sure, Chasin' Redemption is probably unlike any book you've ever read.

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