Cops & the Pig That Built His House Out of Bricks

The fable known as “The Three Little Pigs” materialized in Western consciousness circa the 1840s (though the tale is believed to have been around for much longer), touting an underlying message about putting in the hard work necessary to build something lasting. And while the immediate association between a cop and a pig who builds his house out of bricks is that he is stubborn … Continue reading Cops & the Pig That Built His House Out of Bricks

“Mississippi Goddam” Is More Than Just Protest Poetry, But A Battle Cry From the Depths of Nina Simone’s Soul

If Bob Dylan can be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, then surely there is no disputing that the lyrics of Nina Simone are pure poetry. Resonating just as much now as said poésie did when she was at one of her heights of activism in the 1960s. While her “hit making” period was largely confined to the late 50s and early 60s, it was … Continue reading “Mississippi Goddam” Is More Than Just Protest Poetry, But A Battle Cry From the Depths of Nina Simone’s Soul

I have been confined by O’ar Pali

I have been confined in speech. I have been confined in thought.  I have been confined in hope… And even happiness, Within my far set nest.  And I have been unleashed –Like the Big Bang –And the eternal twang!  I have seen a world –Yes… live within one thought. I have tasted exotic fruits –That were all but bruised…  What jewels(!) and fools(!) Someone lend – a … Continue reading I have been confined by O’ar Pali

Larry Kramer: The Homo Rogue Who Outraged the Gay Community By Telling It Like It Was (And Is)

While nubile gays of the present dance blithely to the tune of Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain on Me,” they would do well to look to a “granddad” of yore: Larry Kramer. As one of the gay community’s most underrated writers considering his breadth of work, his death will perhaps bring him back to the forefront of study (move over, Jean Genet and Arthur … Continue reading Larry Kramer: The Homo Rogue Who Outraged the Gay Community By Telling It Like It Was (And Is)

Michel Houellebecq As-t-il Raison? Cette pandémie ne change rien? Enfin, probablement.

Waiting for the gradual process of “deconfinement” to occur, the polarizing French writer, Michel Houellebecq (a more hardcore enfant terrible of literature in terms of his unapologetic “white male” opinions than Bret Easton Ellis), at last decided to weigh in on the matter. The matter in particular being many people’s belief that as the world emerges slowly but surely after coronavirus, it will be an … Continue reading Michel Houellebecq As-t-il Raison? Cette pandémie ne change rien? Enfin, probablement.

A Poem About Everything by Rufo Quintavalle

Everything has to startsomewhere but a poemabout everything shouldnot start anywhere per sein media res is better andbest of all is no place atall a poem about everything has no truck withhierarchy or diachronicprogression and makesnonsense of the notionof non sequitur after allas soon as two thingsfollow each other theysequence and segue andapophenia is more thanjust a pretty word poemsabout everything do notexist in the … Continue reading A Poem About Everything by Rufo Quintavalle

Quelle Surprise: COVID-19 Slapped With Feminine Pronoun by Académie française

Despite the usage of “le” COVID-19 or “le” coronavirus in French conversation and news headlines ever since the plague became such a hot topic of discussion, the Académie française, never an institution to stay silent for very long when the French get too “buck wild” with their parlance, has spoken. And what they’ve said is this: the virus that everyone hates and has ruined all … Continue reading Quelle Surprise: COVID-19 Slapped With Feminine Pronoun by Académie française

Free of Pretense by Dale Champlin

You’d be surprised how many people talk to goldfish. He looked like a young David Bowie,her kid Jimmy, when he came and sat beside my bowl. “You know I’m an addict,”he told me. He talked to me the whole time he spread out his paraphernalia—needle, cotton balls,one of the Old Shoe’s bestsilver-plate spoons. He tied off his arm and flicked a vein to pop it to the surface, addeda few … Continue reading Free of Pretense by Dale Champlin