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Jose Padua: Anti-Capitalist Manifesto in Celebration of the Spring

Love is everything that isn’t despair. I am almost tempted to say this even though I don’t believe it’s true because there are so many things in-between. A competition lost … Continue reading

April 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: You in the Mercedes

You in the Mercedes with a phone clamped to your ear honking at the farmer who’s had the temerity to drive a tractor, slowly, in a no-passing zone, in front … Continue reading

April 16, 2015 · 3 Comments

Video: Watch 570 Million Years of Evolution on Earth In 60 Seconds

Long story short, we’re pretty new around here.

April 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Charlie Brice: Soulium

Having doubts about why you are alive, why things happen as they do, why religious fanatics burn people alive, take off heads, shoot unarmed cartoonists, destroy ageless art works, hang … Continue reading

April 9, 2015 · 3 Comments

Video: Jack Kerouac — “McDougall Street Blues”

Jack Kerouac speaks while Steve Allen plays jazz piano. With video clips of New York City in the 1950’s and 60’s. A beautiful piece of collaborative work capturing the mood … Continue reading

April 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: My Obsessive Compulsive Order

When not done properly a simple action can have incredible consequences: sometimes I have to touch things twice, sometimes I have to close a door with my eyes closed, sometimes … Continue reading

March 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: That Old Shakespearean Rag

Call me “u” one more time I’ll smear spittle across the lead sky of your impoverishment. Go ahead, bear-bait me at the edge of this blood-clotted age with all the … Continue reading

March 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: Joy

“I have a wee-wee,” my daughter would say when she was two and then she’d look at me and say “you have a wagina.” She knew it wasn’t true, but … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Reflections on 2043 Which According to the Most Recent Census Data Is the Year When Whites Will No Longer Be the Majority in the United States

Although the odds are against it if I am still alive and able I will walk out the door of my house my head held high my legs moving strong … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Marlene Dietrich’s screen test for The Blue Angel

In 1929, Josef von Sternberg began assembling the cast for the first major German sound film – Der Blaue Engel. A classic of Weimar cinema, the 1930 film featured Marlene … Continue reading

March 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: John Oliver’s Blockbuster on America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

America’s infrastructure system—its dams, bridges, roads, airports, sewer systems, water treatment plants, etc.—is deteriorating and in need of serious renovation. In hopes to cure America of its blissful apathy to our … Continue reading

March 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Singles Ad

Old, that is, damn near seventy two, but possessed. You must be able to love the inconvenience of the hot coal in my heart that goes white hot with breath. … Continue reading

March 1, 2015 · 12 Comments

Jose Padua: The Night We Tried to Get a Poet Arrested

I remember the night my friend and I tried to get a poet arrested for his crimes against literature, his hiding of horribly sentimental lines by speaking like a seller … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · 119 Comments

Video: I didn’t Like It the First Time (The Spinach Song) by Julia Lee

  Julia Lee (October 31, 1902 – December 8, 1958) was an American ” dirty blues” musician. Born in Boonville, Missouri, Lee was raised in Kansas City, and began her musical … Continue reading

February 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

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