S. R. Lavin aka Sholom

Books by S. R. Lavin

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THE VELVET-LINED TOILET BOWL a narrative by S. R. Lavin

"Socially engineered poverty and ignorance has made us slaves to injustice."

THE VELVET-LINED TOILET BOWL a narrative by S. R. Lavin

THE VELVET-LINED TOILET BOWL is about the failed drug war. The shattered narrative and glimpses into history are meant to project our 21st Century view of a world where some find happiness while many do not. The main focus is a 19-year-old girl perpetually imprisoned for using cocaine and having a pipe (paraphernalia). This girl has been a victim of a brutal system of incarcerating young blacks whose only crime is using addictive drugs.

A nineteen-year-old girl is perpetually trapped in poverty and has used drugs to escape her plight...she is completely non-violent and her crime is that she is a victimless addictive user of drugs. Now the State of Florida has her awaiting trial without bond and with only a slim hope of her ever pursuing her own "happiness."

MAHAT (or The Essence of Being) by S. R. Lavin

MAHAT (or The Essence of Being) by S. R. Lavin

An historical fiction. From the 7th to 19th Centuries Islam spread from Spain to China, conquering and converting all "infidels." In 1340 CE an 11 year old Hindu giri is kidnapped and sold to a Muslim lord as a slave. This is the story of Taj Mahat Shakti, aka Durga.
METACOMET (The Saga of King Philip)

METACOMET (The Saga of King Philip)

Metacomet (aka Philip), King and Sachem of the Wampanoag Indians, fought a bloody war against the Puritans (circa 1676). King Philip burned many towns and won every major battle, only to see his people destroyed by hunger, disease, and genocide. 232 pages.
Voice in the Whirlwind: Poems 1979-2008 by S.R. Lavin

Voice in the Whirlwind: Poems 1979 - 2008

S. R. Lavin offers his collected poems, 1978-2008, VOICE IN THE WHIRLWIND, to the international audience and readership he has reached for more than forty years. Contained within this one volume are as yet unpublished poems as well as poems previously published in quarterlies, magazines, and anthologies in England, The Netherlands, Poland, The United States and, most notably, China. Lavin's writings span three decades of a maturing visionary seeking peace and beauty while confronting injustice and social evils, and never failing to ponder those mysteries beyond our finite understandings.
ECTO: The Ultimate Terror

ECTO: An Anthropomorphic Fiction

ECTO: An Anthropomorphic Fiction, is a story about a race of humans with co-dominant genetic patterns that have produced another kind of human being. They are a species of ectodermal beings, homo sensients, with superior natures (and abilities) to homo sapiens, but are dying off because of environmental pollution and global warming. They are also are being hunted down by government agents as objects of scientific research.
Feingold's Loop by S.R. Lavin

Feingold's Loop

FEINGOLD'S LOOP is a work of fiction, a quirky narrative centered around 20th century disappointments, failures, and the desperate need we have to create meaning and purpose in our all too brief lives. The story revolves around Arthur Wallach, a middle-aged real estate broker having second thoughts about his own destiny after he rushes to the bedside of his lifelong friend, Max Stein, a renowned film-maker, who dies after making Arthur the executor of his estate. Published by Jerusalem House.
THEY KNEW ME WHEN: A Memoir by S. R. Lavin

THEY KNEW ME WHEN: A Memoir by S. R. Lavin

From his earliest recollections that influenced his development, laced with many meaningful recountings of his relationships with other writers and artists, readers are privy to the inner workings of a professional poet...what it took and what was accomplished in S. R. Lavin's career spanning two centuries and more than forty years.

"THEY KNEW ME WHEN is my story of how a want-to-be became a has-been." — S. R. Lavin

Crooked River / Black Mountain

Crooked River / Black Mountain

The wanderings of Solomon Chernoff in search of a purpose after the death of his wife take him to Portland, Maine where he is hired as a Teacher/Headmaster of a private home school sponsored by the Catholic Church. Unintentionally, he discovers a dark underworld of sexual misconduct and drug abuse. Haunted by his past and confounded by his relationship with a heroine addict, his own failures and passive inability to overcome leave him to re-examine why he is who he is...and why things are the way they are.
Martin Buber's I and YOU: An Original Version by S.R. Lavin

Martin Buber's I and YOU: An Original Version by S.R. Lavin

Ich und Du (I and You) by Martin Buber is a landmark masterpiece and rightly regarded as a sacrosanct dialectic model for spiritual discovery. Previous translations (from the original German) have had a profound impact on Buber's readers. This original poemic transliteration is in no way an attempt at a third rendition but rather stands apart as an expressly creative tour de simpatique. The text delivers a spiritual reckoning akin to Buber's epiphany without the academic formalities, rooted instead in the energy and excitement of discovery and awe.
God's People - In Search of a Destiny - A Look into Life in the Twelve Tribes Community

God's People: In Search of a Destiny -
A Look into Life in the Twelve Tribes Community

I wrote GOD'S PEOPLE with a clear motive: to tell a true story. And, along the way, my narrative tells the truth about the Twelve Tribes. I leave it to the reader's scrutiny to hold me to the "objectivist" standard (that is, that I wrote this account with objectivity and sincerity). Inevitably, it is my hope that "a look into life in Twelve Tribes communities" will serve as a catalyst to bring the reader to some kind of conclusion about the inner workings, the group's dynamics, and how members really live. What are the motives of this group? Is it a cult? Does the group have a hidden agenda? Are their beliefs sound or are they heretics? You be the judge. You decide.