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  • Gothic Literature: A Halloween Post

    Gothic Literature: A Halloween Post

    October 31st, 2013 | Gothic Fiction, Halloween | journalpulp | No Comments

    The Goths, as recounted by a Gothic historian named Jordanes (mid 6th Century AD), were a Teutonic-Germanic people whose original homeland was, according to this same Jordanes, in southern Sweden. At that time, this half-barbaric band was ruled by a king called Berig. It was King Berig who led his people south to the shores […]

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    $100.00 Best First Sentence Contest — Halloween Edition

    October 17th, 2014 | Best First Sentence Contest | journalpulp | 189 Comments

    Journal Pulp is offering a $100.00 cash prize for the following: Best first sentence for a novel about a clever but silent twelve-year-old girl who’s an only child and who one dark night traveling with her mother and father falls asleep in the backseat of the car — and wakes to find that same car […]

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    Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: Sazeracs & Manhattans

    October 2nd, 2014 | Bartending | journalpulp | 14 Comments

    A reader writes: In your last video (which I enjoyed somewhat) you said the Old-Fashioned isn’t the oldest cocktail on written record, and you are correct. The Sazerac is. When will you do a vid featuring that one, bud? Here you go, bud: Thanks for watching. Please be sure to comment. And watch all the […]

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    The Most Fundamental Thing in Any Work of Art

    September 23rd, 2014 | Subject Matter | journalpulp | 6 Comments

    “There is no work of art without a subject,” said Ortega — and with him here I do not demur. Subject-matter isn’t the only component of art — nor is it the most complicated — but it is the most fundamental. It is the component toward which all others are geared. This is true in […]

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    The Grasshopper and the Cricket

    September 17th, 2014 | Poetry | journalpulp | 9 Comments

    On December 30th, 1816, the English poet Leigh Hunt challenged his twenty-one-year-old friend John Keats to a sonnet-writing contest. The subject-matter, they both agreed, would be “the grasshopper and cricket.” They gave each other fifteen minutes to complete their poems, and this is what they came up with: On the Grasshopper and Cricket — by […]

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