Archive for 2015

  • Christmas: A Pagan Holiday?

    Christmas: A Pagan Holiday?

    December 24th, 2015 | Christmas | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    Syncretism: a term that means the combining or reconciling of opposing practices and principles. It’s most commonly used in a religious or philosophical context, and as with Easter, Christmas too is syncretic in its origins: a pagan celebration whose provenance long predates Christ’s birth but which eventually made its way into the Christian mainstream. As […]

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  • Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: Spirit Hound

    September 15th, 2015 | Bartending | journalpulp | Comments Off on Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: Spirit Hound

    Deliver my soul from the sword, my darling from the power of the dog: Thank you for watching.

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  • How To Write Perfect Pulp Fiction

    How To Write Perfect Pulp Fiction

    July 13th, 2015 | Writing | journalpulp | Comments Off on How To Write Perfect Pulp Fiction

    Have you ever heard of Lester Dent, nom-de-plume Kenneth Robeson? He was born in 1904, in La Plata, Missouri, and died fifty-four years later. His writing career spanned a total of thirty years — during which time he managed to crank out an astonishing 175 novels, or more. Still, despite such spectacular fecundity, the names […]

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  • The Unknown Rebel

    June 5th, 2015 | Tiananmen Square massacre | journalpulp | 4 Comments

    Or “Tank Man,” as he’s sometimes known: So small and yet so large. That photo is of course from Tiananmen Square, twenty-six years ago today, when the entire world watched an anonymous Chinese man stand alone in front of advancing tanks, not backing down in the face of communist totalitarianism. Surely, it’s one of the […]

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  • Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: It Never Entered My Mind

    April 22nd, 2015 | Bartending | journalpulp | 18 Comments

    Here’s the latest in our Putting-the-Cock-Back-in-Cocktail series. A special thank you to Sarah, who turned me onto this beautiful Miles Davis song. Thank you for watching. And to all the graduates of 2017:

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  • Spring: Babbling Like An Idiot and Strewing Flowers

    March 28th, 2015 | Writers | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) — nom-de-guerre Nancy Boyd — American poetess and playwright, who at age thirty won the Pulitzer Prize, then only the third woman ever to do so, was catapulted into fame at nineteen, when her mother encouraged her to enter a poem called “Renascence” in a contest for The Lyric Year […]

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  • Brave New World And 1984

    Brave New World And 1984

    March 19th, 2015 | Writers | journalpulp | 9 Comments

    Not long after the publication of George Orwell’s wildly famous novel 1984, Orwell received a brief missive from his former teacher Aldous Huxley. Seventeen years before that, Huxley’s semi-similar novel Brave New World electrified the world. The letter is a fascinating read, and that is why I reprint it here in full: Wrightwood. Cal. 21 […]

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  • Leonard Nimoy, RIP

    Leonard Nimoy, RIP

    February 27th, 2015 | Star Trek | journalpulp | No Comments

    In 1975, when Leonard Nimoy was 45-years-old, he wrote a book titled, I Am Not Spock. Some 20 years later, he wrote another book, a follow-up (of sorts), titled I Am Spock. One finds oneself strangely heartened by Leonard Nimoy’s eventual acceptance of his iconic status — and the colossal shadow his most famous character […]

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  • Literary Pulp

    February 13th, 2015 | Writers | journalpulp | 4 Comments

    Truman Streckfus Persons was Truman Capote’s real name. The title Finnegans Wake contains no apostrophe in the word Finnegans. Thus Finnegans is a plural and Wake is a verb. Issac Newtons’s father was illiterate. Walt Whitman’s mother was illiterate. Roald Dahl was an anti-semite. Djuna Barnes had no formal education at all. Edmund Wilson once […]

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