The Journal Pulp Blog

  • The Question

    January 10th, 2018 | Poetry | journalpulp | 8 Comments

    Wide awake at 4:00am and unable to sleep for the booming silence and the deep damage this silence has done to everyone, the duplicitousness all the way around — himself included — he rises naked from the floor on which his bed is made and sits down at the kitchen table. The pewter moonlight casts […]

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  • On Dogs, Devils, Sex, & True Morality

    January 6th, 2018 | The Woman Who Made a Pact With the Devil | journalpulp | 5 Comments

    In response to some of the most recent blowback anent my literature: The Woman Who Made a Pact with the Devil is not a satanic story. The author is not the devil, any more than his Book-of-Dog videos are satanic. The author likes to attempt to think up unique and artistic ideas for stories in […]

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  • To Hell With Swords and Garter

    December 24th, 2017 | Art | journalpulp | 4 Comments

    Did you feel that tug? Like a half-forgotten idea you can’t quite put out of your head — the escalating sensation in the center of your chest telling you it’s time to shift your life? Nothing outrageous — no come-to-God moment, this — but rather a soft yet persistent pull in another direction: an urge, […]

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  • How to Write a Book: 7 Absurdly Simple Steps

    December 21st, 2017 | Writing | journalpulp | No Comments

    First, there is The Want.   This might sound a little obvious, but the importance of it cannot be overstated: To write a book, you must want it with all your heart and soul. You must make it the most important thing in the world. Because without any doubt, the hardest part of writing a […]

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  • L.A. Wildfires: More Scientists Speak Out

    December 15th, 2017 | climate change | journalpulp | No Comments

    Clifford Mass is a professor of Atmospheric Science at University of Washington. He’s also brilliant, and he’s had to endure a great deal of harassment and ridicule for his heterodox but inarguable data. He has reason and truth on his side, and that’s why he’s won and it’s why he will continue to win. The […]

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  • All of my life I did not want it to be only words

    December 12th, 2017 | Writers | journalpulp | 5 Comments

    “All my life I did not want it to be only words. This is why I lived, because I kept not wanting it. And now, too, every day I want it not to be words.” – Dostoevsky, Demons Dostoevsky, who is in many ways my favorite writer of all-time, was very religious, and yet one […]

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  • California Fires The Result of Climate Change — Except They Aren’t

    December 10th, 2017 | climate change | journalpulp | No Comments

    Except that’s what left-wingers and right-wingers alike would have you believe. Says California governor Jerry Brown, in a move many of us saw coming seven-hundred miles down the 101, “[These fires] are the new normal.” To put that another way and as Rham Emmanuel once infamously said: “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” […]

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  • On Wisdom, Knowledge, Cell Phones, & Unchaining The Learning Beastie Within You

    December 6th, 2017 | Reading | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    This is the last and longest video in the course, and I urge you to watch it through to the end, because there are some surprises: Do you know what Google ethicists call cell phones?  Tiny slot machines. You know why? Because cell phones are hard-to-put-down. I recently heard a report — and I believe […]

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  • Purpose and Focus: It’s Not What You Think

    November 27th, 2017 | Reading | journalpulp | No Comments

    What do you love? Or who? For what or whom do you thirst? Vice may be nice, at first, but is it ultimately true? This course goes live tomorrow. My thanks to all of you who’ve pre-enrolled.

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  • A Taste of Venom

    November 10th, 2017 | Individualism | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    There is evidently something quite controversial in believing, as Thoreau did and as I do, that the government which governs least, governs best. It’s somehow regarded as deviant behavior, unpatriotic even. In 2008, not long after the release of Al Gore’s extraordinarily effective propaganda piece called An Inconvenient Truth — whose ten-year predictions have proven […]

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  • The Book of Dog: The Dance is Life

    October 20th, 2017 | Book of Dog | journalpulp | No Comments

    Death, where is thy sting? Dance me very tenderly, and dance me very long. Dance me to the end of love. Buy the beautiful paperback

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  • The Great Electrifier Takes on Climate Change

    October 14th, 2017 | Book of Dog, College of Subversive Knowledge | journalpulp | No Comments

    Climate change — or global warming, if you’re antiquated — is a dead duck. It always has been. The Great Electrifier explains why:

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  • The Woman Who Made a Pact with the Devil: Paperback and Kindle

    October 3rd, 2017 | Writers | journalpulp | 1 Comment

    Kindle download here. Buy the paperback here! She hadn’t expected to like him. And yet Abby Rainveil — a writer sent to interview the strange man everyone calls Kumulous — finds herself deeply drawn to his relaxed disposition, his erudition, the way he listens to her every word, his strength. Increasingly mesmerized by the charged […]

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  • The Woman Who Made a Pact With the Devil

    September 24th, 2017 | Writing | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    CHAPTER 1   She hadn’t expected to like him. He was too skeletal, for one thing, his eyes set a little too deeply inside his skull, his gaze a little too unabashed, too knowing. Longish black hair swept up off a high forehead, with sea-green eyes and a prominent brow-ridge, he reminded her of a […]

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  • 101 Things To Do If College Is Not For You

    September 20th, 2017 | Writing | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    The most successful people in life aren’t particularly gifted or talented. They become successful, rather, by wanting to be successful. Genetic giftedness is a figment. There are no such things as prodigies. Talent is a process. Intelligence is a process. Have you ever noticed that the smartest kids in school are almost never the ones […]

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