The Journal Pulp Blog

  • The Purpose of Art and Storytelling

    May 23rd, 2017 | Art, Beauty | journalpulp | No Comments

    Stories and art are important because human beings are conceptual. This among other things means that humans survive by use of their reasoning brains. Humans evolved neither the balls of bulls, nor the trunks of elephants, nor the claws of bears, nor the necks of giraffes, but the brains of Homo sapiens, with a capacity […]

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  • A Dog with a Long Tail Walks into a Bar…

    May 19th, 2017 | Book of Dog | journalpulp | No Comments

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one:

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  • Just Me, Myself, and Your F*cking Mother!

    May 16th, 2017 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | No Comments

    She was really something, your mother, a real beast. She, better than anyone I’ve ever known, cultivated the black art of individuality — believing that the development of the entire human race depends on the development of the individual. The reason she believed this is that she believed each human is an organism of a […]

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  • Five Bullshit Notions That Will Stifle Your Wild Potential & Kill The Leaving Beast Within

    May 11th, 2017 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | No Comments

    The following are five bullshit notions bartenders often hear that would kill the living beast in anyone: 1. You’re not smart enough Then educate yourself. As you know, it’s never been easier. Do you remember your ABC’s? A. Always B. Be C. Cogitating Always be cogitating. The truth is, it’s always, in principle, been simple […]

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  • High Cheekbones: a beautiful post

    May 9th, 2017 | Beauty | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    At the bar, when the drunken reporter recently asked, “Are you a tit man or an ass man?” I replied: “High cheekbones” (improvising a little on Karl Shapiro): Verlaine compares the buttocks and the breasts: Buttocks the holy throne of the indecencies. Breasts savored by drunken lips and the tongue. Buttocks with their ravine of […]

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  • Ex High School Basketball Star

    May 3rd, 2017 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    You were a pure shooter, a long shot. You were a star. Another nobody black boy raised in a fractured home in middle America: a drunk father who worked twenty-five years for Clayton County, and a mother who loved you but was always too passive, it seemed, to truly care. Yet you were inherently happy. […]

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  • Book of Dog: You’re a Beast!

    April 28th, 2017 | Book of Dog | journalpulp | 3 Comments

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  • Waitress

    April 25th, 2017 | Americana | journalpulp | No Comments

    She works in a diner called the Desert Rose which sits along the northwestern edge of Colorado, near the Utah border. It’s a small and undistinguished affair, worn and weathered but always brightly lit and burning like a little beacon in that high American desert. Triangles of cherry pie sit bleeding in the pie case, […]

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  • How to be Unforgettable

    April 25th, 2017 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | No Comments

    Most people are boring. Not you. Why? Because you broke away from the pack a long time ago. You’re a different breed — a dog of a different color. You cultivated the black art of individuality, learned the art of personality. You became brilliant. People argue about your modesty. She does things differently, they say, […]

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  • Is Shakespeare All That?

    April 23rd, 2017 | Shakespeare | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    On this day (April 23, 1564) was born the greatest poet the world has ever known. The following is a repost from an excellent question I once received: Dear Ray Harvey: Is Shakespeare all that? — Slo Readuh Dear Slo Readuh: No, he’s not all that. He’s all that and more. It’s impossible to overstate […]

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