Category: Announcements

Traitor Tot

3a82e64e55338887cdadfcaf4d1d099bI acknowledge that the T***p administration probably has done more to destroy American Democracy that any force in history, and that includes the bad guys in World War II. But at times the relationship between T***p and his detractors is something straight out of PeeWee’s Big Adventure: “I know you are but what am I?”

We have all witnessed the attempts at belittling and damaging character that T***p regularly spouts: Liddle or Crooked or Sleepy or Fake. I have always taken these childish epithets to be a sign of the weakness of the T***p position. If you have no good argument and are severely limited in your skills of persuasion, then call your opponent a name and make it sound like you are the superior party when it’s obvious to any critically thinking observers that you are a loser.

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A Modest Insight

naked_lunch.olympia.wrapperI was a literature major at university and graduate school. My focus of interest was two-fold: Medieval English Literature and English Restoration Drama. Of course the more restrictive education policies of the 1960s focused my studies on time-honored literature and literary theory but I embraced many misdirections and biases in my reading: a poor regard for American literature, a violent disdain for best-sellers, a preference for poetry over prose, an almost complete avoidance of anything considered “Victorian.”

That I didn’t decline into a career of tedious lecturing and tweed hunting jackets I owe to, in two words: Grove Press.

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Monsters

Here it is: a much anticipated new issue of Conjunctions (No. 74) titled Grendel’s Kin: The Monsters Issue. I’m especially interested in the killer fleas from beyond Pluto. I told my dog Ricky all about them but he just looked disinterested and paused to scratch behind his ear and roll around on the floor.

Conj74_cvr_frnt4webHere is what the editors say about this intriguing issue:

Monsters are the ultimate Other. In them, our most heinous traits, our weirdest fantasies, our greatest primordial fears, are mirrored and transmogrified into grotesqueries of every kind. Our ancestors’ imaginative visions of terror and dread gave rise to a spectacular alternative universe of fiends, daemons, ghosts, griffins, zombies, succubi, dragons, chimeras, sea serpents, vampires, werewolves, and other monstrous progeny. Latter-day generations have been just as creative in adding marvelous creatures to the Nuclear Age pantheon—1954 alone saw the birth of Godzilla, stirred to life by the atomic bomb, not to mention the giant mutant ants of Them! No matter the era, no matter which century, be it a dark age or one of enlightenment, monsters have held a mesmerizing fascination, as well as an existential horror, for everyday mortals.

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