Archive for 2013

  • In Defense of Description

    July 25th, 2013 | Literature | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    There’s a common misconception — unfortunately growing — popular among so-called commercial-fiction coaches predominantly, though not exclusively, that stories and novels have one and only one real purpose: storytelling. Which is to say, plot. Which is to say, conflict. Anything, therefore, that slows the pace of the plot — or anything that disrupts the plot […]

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  • Lyrics Without Music

    Lyrics Without Music

    July 18th, 2013 | Song lyrics | journalpulp | 8 Comments

    Lyrics without music are like a clam without a shell. Songs lyrics are called melic — a word that means the lyrics are intended to be sung. Indeed, the word melic comes from the Greek word melos, meaning “song.” It’s no surprise, therefore, that no matter how much one might enjoy a song, the overwhelming […]

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  • Ayn Rand On Literature And Popular Fiction

    Ayn Rand On Literature And Popular Fiction

    July 11th, 2013 | philosophy of art | journalpulp | 1 Comment

    Just recently, I came across the following Q & A, which, whether you agree with it or not — and her name, I know, is either toxic or life-affirming (I’m not an objectivist, for the record, but I liked The Fountainhead) — you will almost certainly find as provocative and thought-provoking as I did. It’s […]

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  • Pulp Paperback Redesigns of the Classics

    July 2nd, 2013 | Book Covers | journalpulp | 5 Comments

    It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for pulp and good packaging, so when I came across the following redesigns, you can only imagine my delight. The Tess of the D’Ubervilles gave me a particularly big boner.

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  • Want To Be A Writer? Drop Out of College

    Want To Be A Writer? Drop Out of College

    June 20th, 2013 | Writing Talent | journalpulp | 4 Comments

    In an interview Truman Capote once gave, he said the following about becoming a writer: “The last thing in the world I would do was waste my time going to college, because I knew what I wanted to do. The only reason to go to college is if you want to be a doctor, a […]

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  • Tiananmen Square: Twenty-Four Year Anniversary

    Tiananmen Square: Twenty-Four Year Anniversary

    June 4th, 2013 | Tiananmen Square massacre | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    Do you remember Tiananmen Square? It’s difficult to believe that it was over two decades ago, but today, June 4th, indeed marks the twenty-four year anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, China. This was when the communist dictatorship of that country quashed a political reform movement, which was begun by Beijing students who […]

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  • Naked Came the Stranger

    Naked Came the Stranger

    May 20th, 2013 | Literary Hoaxes | journalpulp | 6 Comments

    Have you heard of this novel? It was published in the summer of 1969 and ostensibly written by Penelope Ashe. By October 13th of that same year, Naked Came the Stranger had already sold 90,000 copies, becoming an official bestseller. By November of that same year, when sales of the book only continued to increase, […]

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  • Philip K Dick

    Philip K Dick

    May 11th, 2013 | Writers | journalpulp | No Comments

    He was one strange cat. I don’t always love his literature, but I love his individuality, his originality, his inexhaustible inventiveness, his arrant hatred of authoritarianism, his mad genius: Philip Kindred Dick (nom-de-guerres Richard Phillipps and Jack Dowland), philosophical novelist who bridged the science-fictional and the historical, drug-user, drug-abuser, paranoiac, self-described “acosmic panentheist,” twin brother […]

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  • Five Reasons I’ll Keep Reading Your Story

    Five Reasons I’ll Keep Reading Your Story

    April 25th, 2013 | Writing | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    Actually, there are many reasons — many more than five — that I’ll keep reading your story, but there are also at least as many reasons I won’t. (For example: He had nothing in the way of a like God-concept, and at that point maybe even less than nothing in terms of interest in the […]

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  • Best First Sentence Contest: Winner Announced

    Best First Sentence Contest: Winner Announced

    April 11th, 2013 | Best First Sentence Contest | journalpulp | 9 Comments

    Best first sentence for a novel about a lovely librarian who secretly burns the books she loves because she wants no one else to read them. And the winner is — but before I announce the winner, let me say something about the selection process: Invariably when I choose a winner for the Best First […]

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  • What Is Philosophy?

    What Is Philosophy?

    April 7th, 2013 | Philosophy | journalpulp | 6 Comments

    The definition of philosophy — judging, at least, from very nearly every philosophical dictionary on the planet — has confounded philosophers for centuries, the concept being “too large,” it is sometimes said, to properly capture in concise fashion. Yet at the same time, in all branches of philosophy, minutia is cataloged to complete weariness. This […]

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  • Of Easter, Eggs, Ovulation, Bunny Rabbits, and the Resurrection of Christ

    Of Easter, Eggs, Ovulation, Bunny Rabbits, and the Resurrection of Christ

    March 30th, 2013 | Easter | journalpulp | 4 Comments

    [The following is a repost:] A reader writes: Dear Sir: Why do rabbits and eggs represent Easter, which also celebrates the resurrection of Christ? — Peter Dear Peter: Easter primarily represents the advent of springtime, just as Christ’s resurrection does. The Old-English word Eastre derives from an Anglo-Saxon Pagan goddess named Eostre, about whom very […]

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  • Best First Sentence [UPDATE: CONTEST CLOSED]

    March 21st, 2013 | Best First Sentence Contest | journalpulp | 210 Comments

    [UPDATE: CONTEST CLOSED, WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED] The Journal Pulp is offering a $100.00 cash prize for the following: Best first sentence for a novel about a lovely librarian who secretly burns the books she loves because she wants no one else to read them. Rules and guidelines: No outrageous run-ons. You can submit anonymously […]

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  • Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail (Part 4): Whiskey

    Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail (Part 4): Whiskey

    March 13th, 2013 | Bartending | journalpulp | 16 Comments

    Whiskey — or whisky, if you prefer — is a distilled spirit that’s usually made from corn, rye, barley, wheat, or, very often, a cross combination of some or all those. Whiskey is almost always aged in wooden casks which almost always consist of charred white oak. The word “whiskey” is an anglicized version of […]

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  • Kevin

    Kevin

    March 4th, 2013 | Poetry | journalpulp | 7 Comments

    My name is Kevin. I’m Kevin Mathew Haas. My last name does not rhyme with moss. It does not rhyme with floss. To say so makes me cross. Many regard me as the motherfucking boss. I enjoy a little of the sauce. In fact, my last name — Haas — rhymes with gauze. (This should […]

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