'm Michael, sometimes oatmeal, other times gravy.
I'm 18, published two books, and run a company called EmpathyNYC. We find talented artists, help them up off the streets, and place them into studios, events, and videos to pursue the dream. Exposing their talents to the world, we give them a chance and a place in society. Basically, we're fricking awesome. I know I'm a writer, and that's not a word, but words are words, they're what you make them.
You don't get many chances. If anything, they often come with a whole list of caveats that you're not always sure you could live up to, unless of course you're either very foolish or very brave. I try not to think of myself as brave, rather I see it like this, if they can do it, why can't I? All of my junior year I was seeing a number of unknown people go from nothing to stardom, and I wondered to myself, 'how was it possible?' I wanted it as much as they did, I grew up on welfare, lived in an apartment that was infested with rats, bugs, and dander with my three brothers, my sister, and my parents up until I was in High School. It was bad, but it gave me prospective. There were other people who had gone through the same experience, or who still was going through it and they needed help. When I did finally move, it wasn't a big change, but it did give me a productive environment to work in. I read more actively, became fit, took my classes seriously, and honed my writing, social-media, and business skills. In 2012, I took the next big step, and it was really more like a leap if anything.
I had become interested in a number of social media outlets, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, you name it. Instagram and Tumblr, in particular were excellent outlets for me to get my work out, whether it was in photography, writing, or even some knowledge I had picked up on. I had begun to build my very own community, and I hadn't even known it. With a whooping thirteen thousand followers, there were a number of people looking forward to my next posts. I wasn't Mark Zuckerberg, and nor did I ever have any interest in making a network of any kind. I wanted to take what I had created, and turn it into an organization. So, on October, 2012, the unofficial brand, EmpathyNYC was born. We would take determined people who were talented in their field, whether it was art, music, or dance and give them a spotlight.
Empathy and the Birth of the White Armyby Michael Kantor
When James Arsenic awakes, the whole world has changed. His memories are blurs, blurs of things he remembers from his past, but he knows one thing. He needs to run. The white suited men are after him, everyone beside him is buried in concrete,monstrous graphene machines are pouring toxic chemicals into the crowds,and his step-father is nowhere to be found. On top
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When James Arsenic awakes, the whole world has changed. His memories are blurs, blurs of things he remembers from his past, but he knows one thing. He needs to run. The white suited men are after him, everyone beside him is buried in concrete,monstrous graphene machines are pouring toxic chemicals into the crowds,and his step-father is nowhere to be found. On top of that, a mysterious yet blue-eyed beauty has come to his rescue. She offers him a resolve, one that he cannot refuse. She said, "Get your hands dirty. Don't turn your back on a chance to fix things."
Empathy is the story of superhero with little reconciliation of his past and a world to save. The Vaidars own society now, each under a different name and power. They hold ranks in government, military, and markets. They're powerful beings that can disguise themselves among the living and dominate the masses, and the only one who can face them is the one who can wield the two blades.
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'm Michael, sometimes oatmeal, other times gravy.
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This was an outstanding book for a young emerging author, and an exceptional modern piece of literature. Michael created a whole different world of the future that may not be too far away... Many of the motifs found in this book , love, adventure, and even defeat help us learn new ways to live.
The title of this book "Empathy" speaks for its self. As you read one page to the next, you develop emotions so strong that you don't want to stop turning the pages. You create a connection with the characters like no other. When you finish the book, you want more and you dwell in the plot. You start analyzing, thinking about it and you just can't stop. You want there to be more to read so you can satisfy your mind and stop thinking, but i guess that's what this author had intended. It was well written although in some moments a little rough. The language went well with the plot, and created a suspense the whole ride through. Over all this was a very good science fiction book, and I do recommend it.
This book is absolutely, positively spectacular. Everything grew cold. My thumbs lost feeling, my eyes saw blades at every turn, and my ears heard Cruelty's dark evil laughter. It wasn't psychosis, it was the side effect of reading Empathy, the immense adventure of the orphaned James Arsenic. He has no family. Mother, dead. Father, MIA. Sisters/brothers/friends? He doesn't remember. But he does know he needs to run, the White Army has taken over Japan and they aren't willing to stop there. The plot is interesting, and the descriptions amplify that interest twofold. My only gripe was with some of the characters who sometimes seemed awkward, or unruly. But, I suppose they were made that way. After all, James Arsenic was quite a strange character himself. He seems overly obsessed with the ongoing war. He is highly invested in this power that only he can wield; if he doesn't use it, who will stop the White Army? On top of that, he doesn't remember much. His memory has been manipulated, and this seems to attribute to how he views things in the world; in this very objective manner. Woman, friends, etc either don't register in his inner dialogue, or become obsessions. His mind is damaged, making him that much more interesting to read about. Empathy is a story divided into two sections, and set in 2014. You learn about James's past, as well his present at the same time. Overall Empathy is an action packed, science fiction fantasy, load with tons of life. 4.5 starred.