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Interview: Adam Vines

February 14, 2014 by


When I think about “nature poets,” I often unfairly stereotype the idea into two camps: the contemporary Cassandras and their warmings and warnings or the Hallmark Thoreaus, full of simple awe and wonder. That’s unfortunate; it’s just as hard to write new, meaningful nature poetry, as it is to write new, meaningful love poetry. The […]

An Encounter with _____

February 6, 2014 by


Last September, my friend Dan and I had tickets to see English alt-rockers, Anathema.  When these things don’t start on time, I’m prone to antsy pre-concert stops to the venue bar, where the economic drink is a $7.50 bottle of Bud Light, which, granted, is opened for me by the leather braceleted bartender so that […]

Unwitting Satanist

January 16, 2014 by

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Why am I wearing this cape? I like to think the whole thing started when I was six. My dad was addressing the family at the dinner table about how the early-90s were careening into a period of moral and cultural ambiguity, and the conversation was becoming rather circular. A lot of, ‘kids these days,’ […]

Varieties of Nihilism

January 9, 2014 by


There’s a secret warrant to horror writer Thomas Ligotti’s The Conspiracy Against the Human Race. Ligotti’s condition, anhedonia, the inability to feel pleasure, is well known, at least to Ligotti fans — many of them attribute the dark quality of Ligotti’s fiction to it. What makes the warrant a secret is that, as far as […]

Fuck Football

December 8, 2013 by


Football is a sport where specially-bred mutants are trained into a culture of winked at rape and violence, partly at taxpayer expense, to suffer brain damage in organizations shot through with corruption to produce masturbatory fantasies of victory, power, money, and sex for spectating men so that they can be sold trucks and beer. In […]

27 Jennifers

November 29, 2013 by


(I grew up with a bunch of Lisas, but then the Jennifers took over.) 27 Jennifers Jennifer Juniper Jennifer Lost the War Jennifer’s Veil Zachary and Jennifer C’mon Little Jenny Little Jenny Dow Jenny Take a Ride 867-5309 Poor Jenny Portrait of Jennie Jennie Dreamed of Trains Jenny Was a Friend of Mine My Last […]

Sensibility, the Garfinkel Way

November 8, 2013 by


In Theory Let’s talk about peace. Let’s talk about love. Let’s talk about understanding. No, let’s talk about shoving my broken-down car up a hill. So we get out of the car, and we shove. Only you (jackass) are only pretending to shove, while I am shoving sincerely.1 Ha ha, good joke. The interesting thing about […]