Wow. A bio page.
It’s nice to know that you care enough to visit this section, or maybe you just clicked the wrong button. Either way, since you’re here, I’ll give you a few details about myself.
Name: Rocco Castoro
Hometown: Sarasota, FL (Nice beaches. A good place to visit, a boring place to live.)
Major: Journalism – Magazine, also working on a second major of political science.
Music – I play a few instruments (doesn’t everyone in Gainesville?). While my past experiences have focused on guitar and drums, I find electronic music and production more interesting these days. Check out my music link to find out about some great musicians you’ve probably never heard of.
Books- It doesn’t seem like too many people read these days. I can only take so much passive entertainment (television). I used to be extremely interested in the beat writers, Jack Kerouac in particular. These days, I find myself reading more non-fiction and stories based on real events. Meta-fiction is a type of writing that twists the facts about true subjects but relies heavily on research to make the story seem more realistic. People like Dave Eggers have been touted as being at the forefront of this movement, but it has been happening for a long time. If you want to read a great book that could be considered meta-fiction, check out In the Hand of Dante by Nick Tosches. Known for his impressive biographies of Sonny Liston (The Devil and Sonny Liston) and Jerry Lee Lewis (Hellfire), Tosches is also one of the world’s foremost historians on Dante. The story revolves around Tosches’ fictional task of verifying an original manuscript of Dante’s Inferno as being authentic. What ensues is a worldwide battle between the mafia, Tosches and the other parties who are interested in the priceless piece of history. More of a manifesto, memoir and a research project than a novel, Dante is book that would truly be impossible to make into a movie. For more information about Tosches, check out www.exitwounds.com . Tosches shares the site with another great author, Hubert Selby Jr. Selby wrote Requiem for a Dream and Last Exit to Brooklyn.