A Hurtling Power-Dive Into Oblivion

A Hurtling Power-Dive Into Oblivion

29

Jun

2012

Derek Raymond didn't just write about crime; he did something about it.Born to a wealthy London family and raised in the countryside near Kent, Raymond (born Robert Cook) showed a gift for downward mobility as soon as he left Eton:  unable to stand the pressure of working for the family business, he joined the Army, but wa ...
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Stop! Himmlertime

Stop!  Himmlertime

28

Jun

2012

Dear Dr. Helton,The Department of Defense staff has reviewed your application for permission to utilize your newly-developed Time Machine (US Patent #4004-BC-10100036, applied for but not processed) in order to, as you put it, "go back and kill Hitler".  We believe this project has significant merit -- in addition to the h ...
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I Killed Your Children

I Killed Your Children

26

Jun

2012

Many young people recently of drinking age have asked me, in aid of attempting to 'class up' their weekend brunches and cock-tail parties, what are the proper ingredients of a Bloody Mary?Well, first of all, it doesn't count as brunch if you and your stupid friends manage to find a McDonald's that will still serve breakfast ...
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Motel Hell

Motel Hell

25

Jun

2012

HOTELSHigh-End:  Located just across the Rue Douleur from Satan's summer place, the Hell Hilton is the place to go if you're a visitor to the infernal regions for whom money is no object.  The accommodating staff will gladly accept all major credit cards and will remind you of the fate of ...
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Between Impression and Expression: Marcel Duchamp

Between Impression and Expression:  Marcel Duchamp

23

Jun

2012

All this twaddle -- the existence of God, atheism, determinism, liberation, societies, death, etc. -- are pieces of a chess game called language, and they are amusing only if one does not preoccupy oneself with 'winning' or 'losing' this game of chess.  As soon as we start putting our thoughts into words and sentences, eve ...
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The Kid Slays in the Picture

The Kid Slays in the Picture

21

Jun

2012

I first met the Zodiac Killer in the fall of 1970 at a dinner party given for him by Grace Malley and her husband, Yezny Finkelblatt, head of Motion Picture Studio's security cameras deivision.  My wife of the moment, Corrida Mexia, was seated next to a lovely young co-ed who would later end up starring on the front page o ...
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Things To Say In A Plastic Voice That I Learned On The Way To Hell

Things To Say In A Plastic Voice That I Learned On The Way To Hell

20

Jun

2012

It would be a shame if the legacy of Future of the Left's terrific new album, The Plot Against Common Sense, were reduced to the pissing contest that resulted when a Pitchfork critic gave it a facile and ignorant review, to which bandleader Andy Falkous responded on his own blog with more vitriol than may have been strictl ...
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Fail to the Chief

Fail to the Chief

19

Jun

2012

Ladies and gentleman of the American public; friends, supporters, well-wishers, and all gathered members of the press:As the 2012 election draws ever closer, we find ourselves facing what may well be the most important decision of our lives -- and perhaps the most important decision in the life our our nation.  Not since t ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: Police, Adjective

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>Police, Adjective</i>

17

Jun

2012

"I'm not going on about any law.  You're no good, is all."  (Cristi)True irony is a very difficult thing to pull off in cinema.  Literature allows an artist the freedom to draw out language in order to create and sustain the proper atmosphere for the gap between what is intended and what is delivered to be made painfully ...
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Go Through Life With My Glasses Blurred

Go Through Life With My Glasses Blurred

16

Jun

2012

FIVE SCENES FROM THE OLD SCHOOL1.  March, 1985.  I am in my bedroom at my dad's rented house in Irving, Texas.  I have recently acquired Run-D.M.C.'s second album, King of Rock -- the album that begins my lifelong obsession with hip-hop.  I move the speakers from the living room and hook them up to my ...
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Always Lashing the Same Back

Always Lashing the Same Back

14

Jun

2012

It continues to amaze me every day how completely and thoroughly we fail to understand our own culture.  It's especially baffling considering that this country, really, only has pop culture going for it; having given up on the Supermanly troika of truth, justice, and the American Way, and having shipped all its manufacturi ...
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Between Impression and Expression: Alan Moore

Between Impression and Expression:  Alan Moore

13

Jun

2012

There seems to be an audience that demands everything be explained to them; that everything be easy.  And I don't think that's doing us any good as a culture.  The ease with which we can accomplish or conjure any possible scenario imaginable through CGI is almost directly proportionate to how uninterested we're becoming i ...
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Stuck on the Realness

Stuck on the Realness

12

Jun

2012

"What matters is not the enclosure of the work within a harmonious figure, but the centrifugal force produced by it -- a plurality of language as a guarantee of a truth that is not merely partial."  (Italo Calvino)Hip-hop is dead.  So say half the Internet heads who think the radio don't play the shit they used to love. ...
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La Lettre de Mendicité

La Lettre de Mendicité

11

Jun

2012

Hello, readers!Things are tough all over, and no mistake.  But they'd be a little less tough here at leonardpierce.com if you'd consider buying one of the many products and services I have to offer at the moment.  If you're reading this site, it's presumably because you like what I do; and you can continue getting that ...
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At Least We’ll Get Hurt Trying

At Least We’ll Get Hurt Trying

10

Jun

2012

Regina Spektor's reputation -- around these parts, anyway -- is that of a Tori Amos who avoided, by dint of growing up in Reagan-era Soviet Russia, a youthful overdose on self-impressed whimsy.  The comparison's not entirely fair; aside from being attractive quasi-redheads with an affection for piano and theatricality, the ...
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