Archive for 2019

  • 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.  It means holding literature in the mind and heart, and then reciting it. Thus we find in the oral tradition of […]

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  • East of the Setting Sun

    East of the Setting Sun

    November 28th, 2019 | Poetry | journalpulp | 2 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 woman who’s walkingalone: black-haired, slender, tall, her long arms sheathed in toffee-colored skin, her wet eyes friendly yet faintly mocking. She […]

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

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

    Oscar Fingal 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 frequently misrepresented and misconceived. He died 119 years ago this month. I offer here three of the most famous fabulations about Oscar: 3. Oscar only liked […]

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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, which is also known as the Italian sonnet. It was first used by Dante (1265-1321) and then later by many of Dante’s contemporaries. Petrarch’s excellence with the form, however, especially when celebrating his beloved Laura, made the Italian sonnet more widely known, so that even […]

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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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