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Induce Me

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Life's a beach? A bitch? Same thing.

MoonEarth Collision: A Disaster Short Story

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Full MoonWhen the Vice President is informed of the impending apocalypse, the Renaissance man turned politician recalls a verse: The moon her magic be, big sad face of infinity. A former academic and University Chancellor, Vice President Jamison has…


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THERE'D been mutterings on the shareholders' board about a dodgy deal shoved through. In the rush after the towers' thing to get out relevant stock an executive producer had signed off on some film school kid for five big ones to shoot a…

The Ill-Tempered Caviller

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The Ill-Tempered Caviller decides to run for office. He runs as an independent. On the campaign trail the Caviller eats hot dogs and kisses babies. One of the babies drools on him. The Ill-Tempered Caviller spits back.

As a Film Cassette Enters a Camera

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"...only images I can know,"

Slight of Hand

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Our ironies don’t make us happy

Bums of the Bird World

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Yeah, okay, so pigeons are the bums of the bird world So what are a flock of crows working over a wheat field while the artist Vincent is desperately trying to live with his bleeding ear or to sell at least one painting during

The Scottish Play

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Days like this I operate this city on muscle memory.


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Then I see her walking down the grass aisle: my assignment. She looks nothing like the image I have been trained with, but her identifier is strong.

First Shot (50)

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Last episode Bart Bullshit dropped in on Blow and Mary without warning. Now he lives up to his bloviating rep.

Hot Rocks

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We go to the spa on my wife’s day off and get a manipedi. A swarm of little women pounces and works on our fingers and toes.

1918, 1944, 1991, and now

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Disability is indivisibility—all of us could be its members—unlike its affirmative action forebears who remain underrepresented, even as the groups’ selected contestants prepare to retire early, a distributed group whose specialty is American anthropology

Back of the tavern, Saturday night...

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You can’t just let it go.

Startle Reflex

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I’m decades in and it hasn’t gone away. In all other respects, I am normal. Life is hard, but I’m not complaining. The thing is, I am in a constant state of falling.

Carmen Rental

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But in 1991 Carmen developed a heroin habit and was forced to sell her powder blue, convertible Mercedes 500SL...


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“Dolphins swim in the soul when it is calm,” the king of television yoga says. His face seems so relaxed. Suddenly, you feel the heat, and must remain quiet to remember, again. Later, you will hang with…

Hip-Hop Elephants of the Golden Palace

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Hello floaty word man / suspended in smoke / chortling coughing with collapsing colon / spraying sounds into the day / making it night and ending the line

The Sky Suffocated

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In the night the rain made gentle, the flood still far off, and downstairs on the dining-room table the centerpiece collected dust as the hours passed.

John Ruskin doing a Swan Dive

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She used her right breast. Lifted it to her chin, aimed at the can, and shoved it down as hard as she could.

My Bunny Hop Years

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The Bunny Hop represented that riot-like atmosphere–in cuddly guise–described by Claude Levi-Strauss in his seminal essay that I have forgotten the name of it’s so important.


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This is a public service announcement from the ocean

rings of nibelung

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The war, or to put it more precisely the slaughter, had been brewing for some time. Yet there was something very strange about this war, despite what many people were saying. The yellow press was calling it a war between civilisations; a few so-called serious …

After Hurricane Katrina, Imported Violence

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We were so touched by this gesture that we sat there and cried for about 20 minutes.

Scottish Independence

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with peaty aromatics, opened,/ and a welcomed sting, swallowed,

Dead Moon

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It is Easier Than You Think To Ride A Train: The Q & A

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Q:What made you want to be a person who rides a train? A:As soon as I learned there was such a thing, I wanted to be one.

The Opposite of Fear

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The rocks were pillows around her shorn head, the crimson stream running from her ears the only sign she had not chosen to lay down on them. Behind us, the rockface stood stoic; below us, the water lapped our feet.She held my hand in hers, giving me succor as I…


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Millicent asked me to stop over at her place for coffee after work because we needed to talk. While pouring, she said she was torn about telling me what her father used to do to her when her mom was not around, but she thought I needed to know how twisted her life was…

Mick Dever

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The P-36 used for gunnery exercises was twitchy and stubborn...