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Meg Pokrass: The Agonizingly Beautiful Noses of Norwegians

Tonight, Albert Albertson took me to a foreign film at the Cinemaclub – a Norwegian film in which ten gorgeous people died. The women had agonizingly beautiful noses. Their deaths were as agonizing as their noses, and it seemed fitting, or at least it fit, and I didn’t feel as sad as I would have felt watching normally attractive people die.

June 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Bernd Brunner: Here’s to the lost art of lying down

The legendary Roman dining couch, known as the klinai, was made from wood or stone, covered with cloth, and designed for lying down. I sometimes wonder how comfortable it really was. Then again, since people 2,000 years ago weren’t acquainted with comfort in the modern, well-cushioned sense, they probably enjoyed it much more than we would today.

June 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ed Ochester: Trump Diary

two daily kos comments:
“Trump is closer to 300
than 200 lbs and also
eats a diet of shit”;
“Ronald McDonald may get
the Medal of Freedom yet.”

May 28, 2019 · 1 Comment

Baruch November: Our Captain Speaking

hard pretzels curved to the shape
of life’s perilous twists

May 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

David Huddle: She and My Granddad

Granddad–at war with Grandmama all
my life but drawn to women, always polite–
would have said, Yes ma’am, can’t nobody run her.

May 21, 2019 · 1 Comment

Ellen McGrath Smith: My Mother at the Alamo

I would later doubt my mother at the sink, her bruised eye shut, or my mother kneeling
near the orange bucket full of dirty water, ready to snap as drunken rants poured down.

May 20, 2019 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: The Planet is on Fucking Fire

Bill Nye: “I didn’t mind explaining photosynthesis to you when you were 12. But you’re adults now, and this is an actual crisis, got it?”

May 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Emily Levine, Philosopher-Comic

In this brilliant, funny, and largehearted meditation recorded in April, 2017, Emily Levine offers a meditation on life and death as she faces her own terminal illness. Some years back, Emily graduated cum laude from Harvard, intent on pursuing a career as an Oracle.

May 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Peter Schireson: Woof

I take Buster out for his walk, above us, wild geese fly south, honking, going nowhere, geese without edges,  no longer geese. Where did they go? asked Baso. “Away,” Hyakujo … Continue reading

May 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Jacobson: Which Yellow Bird

Just to the right of the lifeguard shack, a couple was fucking on a chaise longue . in the first row of many rows of chairs which had been set … Continue reading

April 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Meg Pokrass: Quack

He tells her this: “When ejaculating, I quack.” “Promise?”She’s poking water next to him — tipping front, then back, and then over again, looking at the sky, sideways.He gets her feathers … Continue reading

April 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: No Vegans Allowed

This Motel decided to ban vegans and their mighty libidos. A mockumentary commisioned by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).  Director: Rodrigo ValdesProducer: Theo BrooksExec Producer: Eric BonniotDirector of … Continue reading

April 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Edna St. Vincent Millay: Spring

To what purpose, April, do you return again?
Beauty is not enough.

April 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Mr. Death

. An exclusive interview with Death as he goes about his everyday business. Written and directed by Andreas J. Riiser. Andreas J. Riiser is a Danish-Norwegian filmmaker based in Oslo. … Continue reading

March 17, 2019 · 1 Comment

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