My book, HOLLYWOOD PARK, was chosen as an Amazon Editor's Pick for a best book of 2020:

"Wild and shocking, but beautifully articulated. Jollett conveys his journey—the hurt, strangeness & yearning of youth—with delicate care & unabashed honesty."…
My book, HOLLYWOOD PARK, received a *starred review* from Publisher's Weekly which called it:

"A heartbreaking memoir of staggering growth."…
This is, well, good.

My book, HOLLYWOOD PARK was chosen by Good Housekeeping as a Best Book of 2020:

"Loyalty, raw love, and a poetic voice prevails throughout the horror."…
"It begins with an emotional jolt the night Jollett and his older brother are awakened at their Synanon orphanage by a bald stranger they learn is their mother. Hollywood Park is Jollett’s hard-won, emotionally searching answer."
- San Francisco Chronicle…

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17 Nov
Wow. This is very cool. My book, HOLLYWOOD PARK, is a finalist for the Memoir of the Year in the Goodread's Reader's Choice Awards.

I'm truly honored.…
This is the opening paragraph of my book, HOLLYWOOD PARK, which was excerpted in @TIME Magazine earlier this year.

You can read the entire excerpt below:…
"Jollett writes from the perspective of a child who slowly grows aware of his circumstances. He has an innate eye for detail. You sense any novel he’d write would be a good one, a Denis Johnson-esque tale rife with drifters and drugs."
- Washington Post…
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1 Nov
The entire game for Republicans is to slow the counting of early votes in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin-- then pretend that counting these legal votes is somehow cheating because they take a long time to count.
Most of you know this by now, but IF Trump holds Florida, NC and GA:

1. When we go to bed on Nov 3rd he'll be AHEAD in PA and MI by 10-15%.

2. Early votes are counted LAST in these states and lean heavily Dem.

3. Trump will claim that COUNTING these legal votes is cheating.
To be clear, it's more likely than not Dems will pick off GA, NC or FL -- and that's probably the whole ballgame.

But if that does not happen, the Republican game is to try to discount as many LEGAL MAIL-IN BALLOTS as possible thru courts, disenfranchising MILLIONS of people.
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29 Oct
Donald Trump is the WORST jobs president in American history.

NO OTHER PRESIDENT IN HISTORY has lost as many jobs as Donald Trump.

He ignored the advice of experts on covid, failed to lead and ran our economy INTO THE GROUND.
Since he was born rich, Trump thinks the stock market IS the economy.

But 84% of the stock market is owned by the rich.

That's why Trump passed a $2.3 TRILLION tax break for the rich that took money out of the hands of working Americans and gave it to the wealthy.
Covid arrived in S. Korea THE SAME DAY as the US. SK immediately put a test and trace program in place and smart distancing measures.

Economy: -1% GDP contraction

Trump called it a hoax.

Economy: Record job losses…
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27 Oct
If Trump loses and tries to hold onto power, would you take to the streets for a General strike?
That’s a yes for me, by the way.
I don't think people understand how likely it is that Trump will be ahead on election night, proclaim himself the victor and take it to the courts to find various pretenses by which to invalidate votes in different states.

If he does this, I am the fuck in these streets.
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22 Oct
Between 2008 and 2016, Republicans BLOCKED the appointment of *105* (you read that right) federal judgeships nominated by Obama including a Supreme Court pick which the Constitution GUARANTEED and Republicans DENIED.

MEDIA: "But DEMOCRATS want to pack the court."
It was always the Republican plan to undo very popular laws through the corruption of US courts:

75% of Americans support safe, legal abortion.

79% support protections for pre-existing conditions.

Since Republicans can't legislate these away, they're trying to cheat instead.
The constitution DOES NOT STIPULATE how many justices serve on the Supreme Court but it clearly gave power to Obama to appoint Garland.

So, if Republicans are going to try to change laws by VIOLATING the constitution, the least Democrats can do is protect laws by ENFORCING it.
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8 Oct
The LA Times called our record, HOLLYWOOD PARK, by the Airborne Toxic Event:

"Jesus of Suburbia meets Darkness at the Edge of town."

And the Telegraph said it was "The National channeling Bruce Springsteen."

I wrote it when my dad died and honestly I'm so proud of this record.
My father left prison at 27 and went to a drug rehab community to deal with a heroin addiction. It turned into a cult, where I was born. I lived in an orphanage there. When we escaped, I finally got to know him. He was my best friend.

When he died I wrote HOLLYWOOD PARK for him.
"The references to heroin, religion and parole act as an impressionistic reflection of a tumultuous life, building on the grandiosity that made their single 'Sometime Around Midnight' so revelatory. It's an hour of sheer roar-along brilliance. Stupendous."…
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