Death By Pen

6 Things I’ve Learned About Writing [600th Post]

Jose Vilson Jose 9 Comments

I honestly can’t believe I’ve written 600 of these essays. I went from a little blog somewhere in the atmosphere to getting a nice pat-on-the-back from the hundreds of you who read me weekly. I’ve learned so much, I just had to write it down. I’m at a point where …

Friday Kahlo, Roots

Writing Is Like Exfoliating From The Inside

Jose Vilson Jose 11 Comments

A few months ago, I had the opportunity of meeting Kilian Betlach, writer, former teacher, and present administrator. As most of you have seen on my sidebar, I feature his book This Feels Like a Riot Looks. John Norton and Barnett Berry helped bring us and 10 other teachers together …

Jay-Z Vibe Cover

Who’s Gonna Cover Your Vibes, XXLs, and Sources?

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

Recently, Vibe Magazine closed its doors, at least in print form. For those who never ventured into black publication, Vibe Magazine was a Black-based magazine started by Quincy Jones last decade. The ostensible vision of the pub was to highlight Black culture, but with a bit of a White lens. …

Morning City

An Interrupted Morning

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

It’s been less than a week since my vacation started, and my mind tingles like it did when I was still in the Mr. Vilson phase, full of thoughts and ways I’d change my routine for that day. Little did that part of my brain know that I really wasn’t …

Death Measured At Words Per Minute

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

In this increasingly popular post entitled, “But I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” a commenter by the name of Kat, whose discussions on Twitter have given me food for thought, linked me to a video by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love. Anyone who’s even ridden a …

Dr. Manhattan

A Dr. Manhattan Perspective

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

Trying out some voices this week. People asked me the definition of voice, and I’m exploring my boundaries. Experimental today. Education tomorrow. Explosive on Thursday. You know how I do. It is 1am on a Saturday. Somewhere in a far-away planet, I’ve left my mind while my physical being lays …

The Soloist

Play The Soloist

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

When your voice finds you, it doesn’t matter how you express it: your signature’s all over it. I write this because, after seeing The Soloist, a movie about a Los Angeles-based writer who finds a homeless cellist / prodigy and a must-watch for any writer I know, I’ve given tons …



Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

I woke up in sudden shock today on the A train on the way back from work. A blonde lady in her mid-30s woke me up as she sat next to me on the 59th Street stop. I was alarmed at first, but I turned back into sleep mode when …


A Writer’s Make

Jose Vilson Jose 18 Comments

Question: What’s the difference between a blogger and a writer? Yesterday, a friend of mine decided she’d abandoned blogging for a myriad of reasons, all of them viable and understandable in the eyes of the reader and the writer alike. It hurt me to read because I honestly believe in …


Pomp in Circumstance

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

A few notes: – A few days ago, I mentioned how one of my favorite teachers / mentors / friends left my present school of employ. Today, I found out that another teacher, who was an icon in the building, passed away. It hurt my soul to see him go, …