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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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    William Shakespeare and Sonnet 35

    November 4th, 2019 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    It is a singularly significant fact about Shakespeare’s sonnets that they consistently outsell everything else he wrote. The plays — performed with metronomic-regularity year in year out — are far more frequently taught than the sonnets. But Shakespeare’s sonnets are more widely bought and read. Among the readers of Shakespeare’s sonnets, you will find any […]

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    Early Winter

    October 28th, 2019 | Poetry | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    The crystal blades of winter frost Have snipped the leaves that dot the field. The trees leak iron-black across The sky where evening swallows wheeled. A knifey light cuts deep and shows Leaves with their intricate designs Half sodden in the drifted snows, Beneath the moaning, deathless pines. And wind like water softly pours Over […]

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    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

    October 12th, 2019 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | 1 Comment

    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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    Neck Between Two Heads: a story of civilization and superstition

    November 5th, 2018 | Fiction | journalpulp | 74 Comments

    CHAPTER 1 This happened shortly after his mother died, when he was seventeen-years-old, and the real violence had not yet begun. The day after her death, he dropped out of high school and went to live with his half brother, whom he’d only met once, eight years before. His half brother’s name was Jon. He […]

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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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    How to Write a Story

    May 29th, 2017 | How to write a novel | journalpulp | No Comments

    Here’s how you create a setting: One hour before nightfall, on a pink-and-blue evening in the third week of August, 2011 … Here’s how you create a character: a solitary man traveling on foot … Here’s how you introduce a situation: entered the small, tree-shadowed town of Clifton — an isolated village about which many […]

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    Beware the Ides of March

    March 15th, 2017 | Shakespeare | journalpulp | No Comments

    Ceasar: The ides of March are come. Soothsayer: Ay, Caesar, but not gone. — Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene 1. The word ides is derived from the ancient Roman calendar and comes from the Latin idus, which, as Oxford explains it, means “a day falling roughly in the middle of each month (the 15th day […]

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    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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    Frogs, Toads, & Bats

    October 17th, 2018 | Poetry | journalpulp | No Comments

    Frogs and toads and bats have had a special place in my heart for as long as I can remember. I love these beasties for their diversity, their versatility, their resilience, and for what they represent. Beginning about two years ago — for reasons which go far beyond that lovely ghoul-haunted month meaning “8th month,” […]

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    The Wind, The Water, And The Blood

    October 12th, 2018 | Gap-Toothed Girl | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    A chocolate-brown spider sat with pie-eyes in the center of her web. A silken egg-sac was slung beneath. The web hung like a miniature trampoline under the eaves of the house, the strands of gossamer flickering lilac-to-lavender in the soft breeze and the fading sunlight, a twig snagged like a chicken bone in the web. […]

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    The Energy of Life, An Innate Impulse to Animation

    October 3rd, 2018 | Gap-Toothed Girl | journalpulp | No Comments

    Purchase, please. The next day broke breathless and raggedy for Dusty May, who on that breathless and raggedy day was initiated into the mysteries and intricacies of the dance and ballet. This was the day Dusty learned among other things that her straight legs and her limbs — which were long for her size — […]

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    A Manifesto For Misfits: Full Audiobook

    October 2nd, 2018 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | 1 Comment

    Full audio: <iframe src=”https://player.vimeo.com/video/292875054″ width=”640″ height=”360″ frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; fullscreen” allowfullscreen></iframe> CONTENTS 1.) To Hell with Swords and Garter 2.) How Good Do You Want to Be? 3.) It’s Not How Clever or Smart You ARE: It’s How Clever and Smart You WANT to Be 4.) Wickedly Cool 5.) Ten Authentic Signs of Intelligence that Cannot […]

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    What Will Your Theme Be?

    September 28th, 2018 | Gap-Toothed Girl | journalpulp | No Comments

    Own me. Chapter 47 In the room of toys and dolls, a ponderous panda sat with open arms on the polished wooden floor and stared lifelessly at Dusty with big button eyes the same color as her own. He had a pink tongue poking out a smiling mouth and was flanked on either side by […]

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    Agriculture: How Subsidies and Socialization Destroy Good Farming

    September 28th, 2018 | Americana | journalpulp | No Comments

    Farm subsidies have never made any sense — and despite almost a century of entrenchment, this remains as true today as it ever was — and I will show you specifically how: how and why, I should say, the subsidization of agriculture devastates the vital, beautiful industry of farming and agriculture. My notions, first of […]

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    “How Well-Intentioned White Families Can Perpetuate Racism”

    September 25th, 2018 | Americana | journalpulp | No Comments

    That title is in quotation marks because it’s the title of an actual piece, which recently appeared in the Atlantic Magazine. This piece is an interview with a sociologist named Margaret Hagerman, who sought to “recruit white affluent families as subjects for the research she was doing on race” — and this is for a […]

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    Universal Healthcare Myths and Truths

    September 24th, 2018 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    Often you will read or hear that except in America, healthcare in all developed countries around the world is recognized as the “basic human right” that it actually is, and this is why “America is the only civilized country in the world that doesn’t offer universal healthcare to its people.” You will often hear that […]

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