Archive for 2018

  • Higher Education: Institutions of Staggering Debt and Indoctrination

    Higher Education: Institutions of Staggering Debt and Indoctrination

    September 17th, 2018 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | No Comments

    Why is college so expensive? For the exact same reason that healthcare has become so expensive. Which is the same reason rents in San Francisco and Boulder have become so expensive. Economist Daniel Lin, professor of economics at American University, explains this basic and well-known principle, in three short minutes: Even worse than the monetary […]

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  • Speaking of Corporations and Capitalism and Privilege

    Speaking of Corporations and Capitalism and Privilege

    September 14th, 2018 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | No Comments

    I recently wrote about some of this, and then just last night I read the following. Native American Senator Elizabeth Warren, in kicking off what many think will be her 2020 Presidential run, proposes what she calls — apparently without irony — the Accountable Capitalism Act. As actual legislation, it will go nowhere and it’s […]

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  • Global Climate Action Summit

    Global Climate Action Summit

    September 12th, 2018 | Americana | journalpulp | No Comments

    Tomorrow — Thursday September 13th, 2018 — Al Gore, Van Jones, Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Michael Bloomberg, Nancy Pelosi, and many more will fly in on fossil-fuel-powered jumbo-jets and ride in fossil-fuel-powered motor cavalcades to gather together in fossil-fuel-temperature-regulated rooms (rooms composed largely of fossil fuels and their by-products) to lecture us again on our […]

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  • Here Is Why All Themes Are Not Equal

    September 12th, 2018 | Theme | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    The word theme comes from the Greek word théma, which means “proposition or thesis,” and that definition essentially holds true to this day: Theme is meaning. In literature, it’s the meaning that the events of a story or the lines in a poem add up to. For example, and as I’ve written before, the theme […]

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  • Lillian Leitzel, Mara Campos, And Dusty May

    September 9th, 2018 | Gap-Toothed Girl | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    Lillian Leitzel, four-foot-nine-inches tall and weighing in at a whopping ninety-eight pounds, acrobat, strong-woman, circus performer for Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey, was born January 2, 1892, in Breslau, Germany. She died in the hospital February 15, 1931, in Copenhagen, Denmark, two days after falling during a live circus performance. It’s reported that Lillian […]

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  • When It All Came Apart In a Violent Physical Explosion

    September 7th, 2018 | Writing | journalpulp | No Comments

    She felt a hammer blow deep inside her body, and then there was a dull pop that sounded to the audience like a ghastly thud. The integrity of her left ankle gave way the moment just before she went into that final series of fouettés. The ankle snapped and her foot flopped the other way. […]

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  • Quiddity

    Quiddity

    September 6th, 2018 | Bartending | journalpulp | No Comments

    This certainly beats most of the other stuff I’ve had sent to me lately. Thank you TRD! And thank you Merrriam-Webster for using my sentence. “Quiddity” — Word of the Day, September 6th, 2018. That article, incidentally, which discusses the difference between mezcal and tequila, was part of a monthly series I once wrote for […]

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  • September 4th, 2018 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | No Comments

    This happened shortly after his mother died. He was seventeen and the day after her death, he dropped out of high school and went to live with his half brother, whom he’d only met once, eight years before.   His half brother’s name was Markeus. He lived in a shotgun shack between Nogales and Tucson, […]

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  • Democratic-Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, “Communism Is Good,” & Why California Cities Are Becoming Unaffordable

    Democratic-Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, “Communism Is Good,” & Why California Cities Are Becoming Unaffordable

    August 31st, 2018 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | No Comments

    That tweet was recent. I know of a few hundred million people who’d probably be willing to debate the statement — except they’re in prison or were already murdered. (Happy Birthday, Karl Marx!) Democratic-Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (who called for tax cuts when she was running her own business) famously wants “healthcare, housing, and education for […]

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  • Gap-Toothed Girl: The Full Novel (with new scenes) [UPDATE]

    August 22nd, 2018 | Gap-Toothed Girl | journalpulp | No Comments

    UPDATE: She’s live. SO much went into her. Please consider buying. Gap-Toothed Girl was first conceived several years ago, on a warm and windswept summer night, and she has undergone a number of permutations — until, at last, she grew into this somewhat philosophical creature, which goes to press in a few days. If you’re […]

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  • Gap-Toothed Girl (Part 2)

    July 11th, 2018 | Fiction | journalpulp | No Comments

    [Read Part 1 here]   Part 2   One dark December day, when Dusty May was eleven-years-old, a strong-looking Latin youth, perhaps twenty-seven, muscular and cross-hatched with facial scars, who was part of a roving carnival and who was manning one of the games Dusty was playing, asked her in rapid Spanish, and with a […]

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  • [UPDATED] Single-Use Plastic And Why Nine Out of Ten Statistics are Wrong

    June 28th, 2018 | Reservation Trash | journalpulp | 6 Comments

    [UPDATED] I was just sent this: SHOCKER:RECYCLING PLASTIC IS MAKING OCEAN LITTER WORSE This one is surging — or, I should say, re-surging, since it’s not at all new — and you will watch it go stratospheric. You will also watch the Texas-sized exaggerations and outright prevarications spread across the globe with pretty much the […]

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  • “Online Mobs Drive Ornithologist Into Research Secrecy After Learning He Killed A Bird”

    June 28th, 2018 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | No Comments

    [Note: The subject of animal rights is complex, and I won’t get into the intricacies of it here — except to point out that those who are calling Christopher Filardi a “murderer” (for euthanizing a bird) believe perforce — by extension — that the domestication of animals is slavery, and that zoos are a form […]

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  • Intolerance, Individualism, and the Paradox of Dogma

    June 22nd, 2018 | Individualism | journalpulp | No Comments

    Did you hear about the 18-year-old Utah girl, Keziah Daum (non-Asian), who did nothing wrong last month? And yet she was harassed like hell, inadvertently sparking an outrageous and indefensible left-wing backlash merely by wearing in celebration and total homage a beautiful prom dress of qipao (Chinese) provenance. Her putative crime? “Cultural appropriation.” Let me […]

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  • Scurvy Dog

    June 17th, 2018 | Reservation Trash | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    Yesterday in the late morning — after reading from a little book which had a small section on scurvy and how, from 1500 to 1800, scurvy killed as many as two million sailors, who on the high seas had limited access to fruit and Vitamin C — I was walking through the grocery store. I […]

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