Tag Archives: Literature

French Election- Le Pen: 0, Civilization: Won.

The (f)Right(ened) Wing with their xenophobia, Islamophobia, homophobia, anti-everybody attitude will have less impetus to call for a Crusade against civilized behavior. They’ve gone and shat in their mess kits. There will be sadness in the Very White House and … Continue reading

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Haha. Nobel prize shuns contemporary literature, rewards 60s poet for SONGS.

I’m not saying Bob Dylan isn’t deserving of laurels, though one might consider Dylan to have been adequately lauded in his own century. When the Nobel Prize for literature goes to a songwriter, what does that say about the committee’s … Continue reading

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The El Paso Police News & other scams

OK I thought at first this was a scam. (it is) Like the El Paso Police News, which was similar.   The target was us. We got, in the mail, a “sweepstakes” entry form. To Support The Police. The U.S. … Continue reading

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Maurice Sendak, the Picasso of children’s books has passed away

Thank God for Maurice Sendak! Before he came around with his artwork it was all Walt Disney style excess saccharine ‘sweet’, Lassie, and Flipper. He revolutionized the story writing and design of kids books. ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ author … Continue reading

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Ayn Rand SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let me first begin with how I was exposed to Ayn Rand. I am in high school and awhile back my teacher was doing a course on homelessness. In a ‘prompt’ that she gave me as to what are the … Continue reading

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Stubby the tractor warns animal pals: move out now, Stubby’s ready to plow

  My new favorite children’s book is a 1963 story by Marion Borden, about a little red tractor named Stubby who delays plowing the meadow until all of his wild animal friends have resettled to safety. It’s a comprehensive list, … Continue reading

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Banned books: the subversive dystopia

Banned Books, p.2– I put a lot of faith in an internet resilient enough to remain an unrestricted archive of crowd-sourced human knowledge, even more I hope public data will eventually permeate the proprietary, but continued access to subversive literature … Continue reading

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The sinking of Judea, aka the Palestine

In his novel Youth, Joseph Conrad wrote about a doomed coal steamer named “Judea.”   A propos of nothing much (Conrad’s theme was not solely about hubris), the story was based on events in Conrad’s own life and his early … Continue reading

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Mark Twain: Oh Lord our God, help us tear their soldiers to bloody shreds

“O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle — be Thou near them!   “With them — in spirit — we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to … Continue reading

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Wolfman is a man’s werewolf, no Olalla

Poor wolf man, he’s the bastard of the horror big three. Dracula and Frankenstein have antecedents in folklore but bloomed on the quills of novelists. The werewolf traces back to the Greek, yet no one will pull him from the … Continue reading

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Augusten Burroughs is so self-amused

I was recently subjected to a road trip audio book disgorged from an auteur who shares the eminent surname of Burroughs. But unlike Wyeth the younger who had the advantage of genes, this literal-bastard is of no relations and has … Continue reading

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Richard Brautigan was my favorite Beatle

You know you’re a Post- Baby Boomer when you had to learn that Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds was not an Elton John song. I remember being told by a nanny that you liked either the Monkeys or the … Continue reading

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Can I get an inflatable Ted Haggard Sex Doll anywhere?

A lot of us have literally fallen in love with Ted Haggard, and now that he is immersed in sin he seems even sexier! So that brings me to the question of where can one go to get an inflatable … Continue reading

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The poetry of kick-the-can in the rain

I hate random stream of consciousness when you can tell the author thinks they’re building to something. It’s so, so tedious. Such was my reaction to officially-described poet Elizabeth Alexander, who recited a piece she composed for the inauguration of … Continue reading

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North Pole-tergeists from Christmas Passed

A highlight of the Christmas season every year is gathering my big family together under one roof — my children, my parents, five siblings and their spouses, and twelve (thirteen by year’s end!) nieces and nephews. Everyone is married now, … Continue reading

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Staging Homer for Generation Simpson

THE ODYSSEY, A STAGE VERSION- Greek myth would be no more complicated than JK Rowling, JRR Tolkien, or GRG Lucas, but I suspect that to impress Homer unto modern audiences might have the disagreeable consequence of educating them. This weekend … Continue reading

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TWILIGHT vampires resemble predators of the less mystical sexual variety

TWILIGHT- For those parents who have unwittingly encouraged their daughters to delve into Twilight, where our episodic fascination with Dracula lore is adapted for the young adult romance genre, be forewarned that author Stephenie Meyer may have fogged her rose-colored … Continue reading

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Let me ever be a Wet Wit!

“”I am full of holy joy and free booze,” said Cobbler. I feel moved to sing. It is very wrong to resist an impulse to sing; to hold back a natural evacuation of joy is as injurious as to hold … Continue reading

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Ship of Fools and other Liberals

SUNY Binghamton student Tim LaPietra coaxed Ted Kaczynski to write a parable for the Autumn 1999 issue of the campus publication OFF! Predictably, the peer review of SHIP OF FOOLS was snarky, e.g. Watership Dim and Rime of the Ancient … Continue reading

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The Scamble for Africa- Darfur, Intervention, and the USA

Those interested in Darfur might want to check this book, ‘The Scramble for Africa’, out some when it comes out? Especially with the Biden, Obama gang headed towards the White House soon. Certainly this is a timely release for this … Continue reading

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Shlomo Sand and shattering a national mythology

Shattering a ‘national mythology’ Shlomo Sand’s book is titled “When and How the Jewish People Was Invented?” and you probably will not find it stacked up on tables for sale in Barnes and Noble or Borders. I don’t expect it … Continue reading

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Military fiction, publishing as product takes us further downhill to total cultural illiteracy

When Americans step inside the big chain publishers’ bookstores, Barnes and Noble and Borders, they are almost always under the delusion that they are inside real bookstores containing real books. Nothing could be farther from the truth though. We instead … Continue reading

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the aftermath of a stressful day

It is the close of a busy and vexatious day — say half past five or six o’clock of a winter afternoon. I have had a cocktail or two, and am stretched out on a divan in front of a … Continue reading

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Whose turn is it on Afghanistan’s plains?

It was a hard lesson for the Soviets, and before them the Soldiers of the Queen. I think Kipling’s advice bears repeating as we consider that American casualties are on the rise in Afghanistan. Afghanistan is the Forgotten Campaign of … Continue reading

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The Radical Novel Reconsidered

When I go into bookstores these days it makes me kind of sick. The problem is not merely that WalMart sized chains like Borders and Barnes and Ignoble only distribute trash in their outlet. No, the problem is much greater … Continue reading

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