The Journal Pulp Blog

  • Here Is Why All Themes Are Not Equal

    September 12th, 2018 | Theme | journalpulp | 9 Comments

    The word theme comes from the Ancient 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 […]

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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

    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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  • 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 | 8 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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  • The Beauty Of Laissez Faire — And How It Explodes Climate-Change Scaremongering

    June 10th, 2018 | Reservation Trash | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    It was just recently announced that a team of Harvard scientists, in collaboration with a private company called Carbon Engineering, have developed an inexpensive, large-scale method for pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. In an excellent article titled Climate Change Can Be Stopped by Turning Air Into Gasoline, Robinson Meyer, of the left-leaning Atlantic […]

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  • The Unknown Rebel, Tiananmen Square, & the Twenty-Ninth Year Anniversary of a Socialist Massacre

    June 4th, 2018 | Tiananmen Square massacre | journalpulp | No Comments

    Tank Man — or the “Unknown Rebel,” as he’s sometimes called: so small and yet so large. That photo is of course from Tiananmen Square, twenty-nine years ago today, June 4th, when the entire world watched an anonymous Chinese man stand alone in front of advancing tanks, not backing down in the face of socialist […]

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  • Anarchism, Egalitarianism, Gresham’s Law, & the Fundamental Flaw of Socialism

    May 30th, 2018 | Reservation Trash | journalpulp | No Comments

    The fundamental flaw in every variation of socialism — and this includes the watered-down versions we enjoy today (i.e. progressivism or welfare statism) — is the idea that human survival is or should be guaranteed. Therefore, says the theory, it follows that the legitimate function of government is to ensure everyone’s survival. This is achieved […]

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  • Angry Dirty Water: The Uncompahgre River

    May 23rd, 2018 | Reservation Trash | journalpulp | No Comments

    Along the western edge of Ouray, Colorado, and sourced some 12,000 feet above at a lake called Lake Como, there flows a greenish-yellowish-reddish river named the Uncompahgre River. The word is pronounced un-COME-pah-GRAY. It’s a Ute Indian word that means “dirty water” or “angry water” or “red lake,” because mountain minerals color the water, as […]

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