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  • Gap-Toothed Girl

    October 5th, 2016 | Writing | journalpulp | No Comments

    Chapter 1   Tournament night in a sweltering Las Vegas stadium, and the girl with the gap-toothed smile stood bleeding in her ballet slippers. The sodium lights of the arena lay upcast on the low-hanging sky above. There was an electrical charge in the air: a crackling undercurrent that came neither from the lights nor […]

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  • Love, Luba, Lief — and a Man Named Valentinus

    February 14th, 2013 | Valentine's Day | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    The man named Valentinus (which comes from the Latin valens, meaning “powerful, brave, valiant”) was a martyred Christian of ancient Rome, about whom virtually nothing is known. His name does not appear in the earliest redaction of Christian martyrs (354 AD), and it was Pope Gelasius who first included Valentinus — or Saint Valentine, as […]

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  • Beware the Ides of March

    Beware the Ides of March

    March 15th, 2017 | Shakespeare | journalpulp | No Comments

    Ceasar: The ides of March are come. Soothsayer: Ay, Caesar, but not gone. — Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene 1. The word ides is derived from the ancient Roman calendar and comes from the Latin idus, which, as Oxford explains it, means “a day falling roughly in the middle of each month (the 15th day […]

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  • Gin and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    Gin and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    February 9th, 2017 | Bartending | journalpulp | No Comments

    Did you know that gin is flavored vodka? It’s a Dutch invention. The word itself comes from the Dutch word jenever, which in English is genever, in French genievre — all of which derive from the Latin juniperus — and this goes far in explaining why the predominant flavor of gin is juniper berry. The […]

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  • Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: Have You Heard the Story of the Hot Rod Lincoln?

    Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: Have You Heard the Story of the Hot Rod Lincoln?

    December 19th, 2016 | Bartending | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    Four winter cocktails to warm your belly: (Vid for Mark, at the Café Claire)   The Sudsbuster He was one of the mellow, the soft-spoken, the tawny-haired — one who preferred to be alone. His name was Mark, a dishwasher at age 45. He was a drifter, a loner. He valued his freedom above all. Dishwashing jobs […]

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  • The Art of Being Interesting

    December 14th, 2016 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | 7 Comments

    (Whiskey Wisdom, the first installment, available now for free. Download me here!) Product description: “Sometimes I just want to slap him across the face and say ‘Why can’t you be more interesting?’” Thus spoke the lovely young lady at my bar one quiet Sunday night. She was three Manhattans in and talking to me as […]

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