Archive for 2019

  • On Light, Darkness, December — And Fighting For Your Ideas

    December 25th, 2019 | Christmas | journalpulp | No Comments

    Relentlessly Optimistic  Her parents had never meant to mistreat her. On the contrary, they’d always meant to love her — and they did love her. But Stephanie, the youngest of four, had come unexpectedly and somewhat late in their lives, and on top of that, she was sickly and accident-prone, susceptible to mishaps.  She was […]

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  • 3 Strange & Wondrous Ways You Can Learn Poetry By Heart & Memorize Any Passage of Literature

    December 24th, 2019 | Poetry | journalpulp | 6 Comments

    Poems, unique among all literature, were for many centuries specifically meant to be learned by heart. They were meant to be memorized and then recited aloud. This is called the oral tradition of poetry — which in essence means holding literature in the mind and heart, and then reciting it. Thus we find in the oral tradition […]

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  • East of the Setting Sun

    East of the Setting Sun

    November 28th, 2019 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | No Comments

    South of the border among the pluripresence of jellied heat, east of the setting sun, inNogales, Mexico, where this sort of thing can occur,you glimpse, twenty-five meters off the shoulder of the road, a Mexican lady, walkingalone: black-haired, slender, sun-soaked. Her arms are bare and glow with toffee-colored skin, the wet black eyes friendly yet […]

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  • Oscar Wilde: Anniversary of His Death & the Wildest Misconceptions about Oscar

    November 19th, 2019 | Oscar Wilde | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    Oscar Wilde, the last of the great and hopelessly flamboyant, whose full name was Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, is, perhaps because of his flamboyance and his fame — a fame which ended in scandal and tragedy — frequently misrepresented and misconceived. He died 119 years ago this month. I offer here three of the […]

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  • Petrarch, Shakespeare, and Sonnet 73

    November 15th, 2019 | Shakespeare | journalpulp | No Comments

    The Italian poet Petrarch (1304-1374) did not invent the Petrarchan sonnet. It was perhaps first used by Dante (1265-1321) and then later by many of Dante’s contemporaries and imitators. But Petrarch’s excellence with the form — especially when celebrating his beloved Laura — made the form much more widely known, so that even into the […]

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  • Two Poems

    Two Poems

    October 19th, 2019 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    I You came to me in a dream last night.Ghostly and dark, you were dressed in flowing white.Your hair hung long. Your eyes were light. You stood nearand spoke in a whisper that I could not hear.Together we walked through the desolate roomsof a strange house, where faint perfumesspiked the air. Outside, the wind blew […]

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  • Highway 66

    Highway 66

    October 12th, 2019 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    Thin blue highway hugging the soft edge of night, along this strange western town burningwith tangerine lightlike a necklace laid across a swellof grass, over some vast New Mexican plain,it fills me with a yearningI’ve never quite been able to quell,or explain.

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  • June 4th: the 30-year Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

    June 4th: the 30-year Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

    June 4th, 2019 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | 1 Comment

    This recent tweet captures the half-assed distinction Marx tried to make between so-called bourgeois property and personal property: On the thirtieth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre — when the totalitarian socialist government of China quashed, with extreme force, a political uprising by the people of China who rebelled at last against the obliteration of […]

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