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Friday, April 2, 2010

Militant Grammarians Unite!

This can serve as both a Grammar of the Day and a Blog of Note post since you should not only go to this totally kick-a$$ webpage for the nifty grammatical lesson, but also because the page is really, really awesome.

This is how to use a semicolon.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Bastards and Whores

I am proud to announce that my flash fiction piece, "Ophelia" has been accepted and posted at the brand spankin' new literary journal Bastards and Whores. This magazine is awesome because it combines short fiction with paintings and experimental pieces. So definitely check out the whole magazine when you get a chance.

This story was inspired in part by this painting by John Millais, which is so gorgeous and haunting that it has stuck with me ever since the first time I saw it, nearly a decade ago. When I was an undergrad I used to work in a cafe and there was this girl with beautiful eyes who would come in sometimes. She always wore this look of exquisite pain, as though she carried the weariness of the whole world with her, and somehow she reminded me of this painting. This story is about finding comfort even when you think that solace is nowhere to be found. The last line in which the narrator and the girl "jump from the bridge" is referencing the very death which Millais captures in his famous painting. I hope you like "Ophelia".

To read the story click here.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Dylan and The Beatles as Art History

By Misopogon

So I took all the Dylan albums I have and put them in chronological order as a play list, and listened all the way through.

I did the same with The Beatles.

It's a fun exercise since you can really feel the progression of the artist over the time, and how some things seem to be cyclical (like going back to blues riffs after six years of stardom) and other things are progressive.

With lyrics in particular, I noticed both The Beatles and Dylan followed the same artistic progression. Granted, they both changed as the '60s changed expectations, but that doesn't account for everything. In this way, it seems to mirror the progression of cultural movements in the 19th through 20th centuries:

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Just like soda and ice cream: Twain and baseball

Mark Twain liked baseball. More here.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Rejectamentalist Manifesto

I've been following this blog for about a month now and I still am not really sure what's going on. Regardless I've enjoyed every post and find the free-flowing madness to be liberating somehow. A mash-up of historical quotes, articles, and musings on anything from time travel to literary theory, Rejectamentalist Manifesto is a serious head trip. Enjoy, my friends.

You can check out Rejectamentalist Manifesto here.