Deep Reads #5: Calculus

Deep Reads #5:  Calculus

11

Aug

2011

From William T. Vollman's Rising Up and Rising Down:  Some Thoughts on Violence, Freedom and Urgent Means.COPS LOOKING FOR MOLEST CASE SUSPECT:  Penang - Police are looking for a factory bus driver who allegedly fondled the breasts of a 23-year-old woman in Air Itam here recently...It is learnt that the s ...
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Deep Reads #4: Welcome to Violence

Deep Reads #4:  Welcome to Violence

10

Aug

2011

From Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West.They grew gaunted and lank under the white suns of those days and their hollow burnedout eyes were like those of noctambulants surprised by day.  Crouched under their hats they seemed fugitives on sone grander scale, like beings for whom the sun hun ...
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Deep Reads #3: What Is It Good For?

Deep Reads #3:  What Is It Good For?

10

Aug

2011

From Paul Fussell's The Great War and Modern Memory.The British fought the war for four years and three months.  Its potential of ironic meaning, considered not now in relation to the complacencies of the past but in itself alone, emerges when we consider its events chronologically.  The last five months of 1914, starting ...
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Deep Reads #2: Staring at the Sea, Staring at the Sand

Deep Reads #2:  Staring at the Sea, Staring at the Sand

8

Aug

2011

I'm kicking off a week of Deep Reads, in hopes of jumping back in the habit of reading books, which I've fallen out of for the last couple of months.  Regular content -- including, I promise, new Sandwich Century entries -- will resume next week.From Fred Halliday's 100 Myths About the Middle East:The Middle East i ...
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Low Culture: The Jungle Man Emerges

Low Culture:  The Jungle Man Emerges

7

Aug

2011

All-Story magazine, October 1912.  First appearance of Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Tarzan of the Apes".  Art by Clinton Pettee; text available as an e-book here. ...
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You Think You’re So Smart: Blood from a Turnip

You Think You’re So Smart:  Blood from a Turnip

6

Aug

2011

And now it's time for another exciting installment of LEONARD GIVES ADVICE TO WRITERS EVEN THOUGH HE IS TERRIBLE!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One of the biggest problems in writing fiction is giving a character attributes that you, as a writer, do not possess.  "Write what ...
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That Government is Best That Governs Worst

That Government is Best That Governs Worst

4

Aug

2011

So everyone is bitching and moaning that the awesome new debt ceiling deal is going to be bad for the economy.  Liberals are all running around saying that Obama went all Cave Carson on the deal, and that all the austerity measures, which are totally necessary because America doesn't have any money, are going to hurt.  We ...
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Ain’t No Grave

Ain’t No Grave

3

Aug

2011

I've been listening to a collection of incredible music from the '40s and '50s by Holiness preacher Brother Claude Ely, which is inspiring in all kinds of ways, but also deeply frustrating.For one thing, as much as I like to denigrate religion, it is one of the few things capable of instilling people with the kind of deep c ...
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Watchin’ My Stories: The Boy Who Was Death

Watchin’ My Stories:  The Boy Who Was Death

1

Aug

2011

I wrote this fairy tale a few years ago and never really found the right home for it (I read it aloud in front of a group of well-meaning parents and their baffled kids at the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, but you can probably imagine their reaction).  Here it is for your bedtime fun.Once upon a time, there was a Boy Who ...
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