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The Korea Documents, Segment 4

As per usual, here’s a link to a Chinese nesting doll of the previous chapters: https://themindisaterriblethingofwaste.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/the-korea-documents-segment-3/ …   I am not handsome. I am a fraud. A smelly fraud. I haven’t showered in three days, a fact verified by the stench that escapes from the opening at the bottom of my hospital gown, something that … Continue reading

Humans and Dogs, Animals and Beings, Me and Coetzee

“In my account […] the life cycle of the frog may sound allegorical, but to the frogs themselves it is no allegory, it is the thing itself, the only thing. […] They exist whether or not I tell you about them, whether or not I believe in them.” J.M. Coetzee, Elizabeth Costello Had a couple … Continue reading

Klonopin Sunset

Really a minor act Twisting the head off the bottle Wringing the neck with both hands As if opening a cold ginger ale (Back when the nausea was in his stomach) And shaking a lonely green pill Onto his palm outstretched and wanting — A holy communion wafer Obstructing the mid fortune line He moves … Continue reading

Hemingway’s Attempt

Had a friend who says interesting things say something interesting to me recently. The interesting thing concerned writing, purpose, those who truly go after the evasive metaphysical “it” and those who don’t but are still good at stringing together sentences in clever ways and making a less monumental impact on thought. Hemingway was mentioned, and … Continue reading

Mulligans and American Myth

Been listening to Bruce Springsteen lately and thinking about different American myths. There’s this one prevailing myth (and it’s not a bad one) that when this life ends, we’ll receive a second. And I don’t mean heaven or paradise in any typical Western theistic sense of the word. Heaven for Americans would take place here … Continue reading

Cape Fearful

Here’s a tearjerker for pensive white males of trivial adversities in their mid-twenties who are about to make life-changing decisions that will alter the thus-far rather linear trajectory of their narrative arcs but won’t necessarily bring a premature plunge to those arcs should they fail because these pensive white males have pencils with wedge cap … Continue reading

The Korea Documents, Segment 3

This will link you to the other two essays, in case you want to read them in sequence: https://themindisaterriblethingofwaste.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/the-korea-documents-segment-2/ … Why have I failed to notice before that neckties are so obviously phallic? Hours of English class analysis of swords and skyscrapers, yet nothing concerning male fashion. The most prominent male accessory would be something … Continue reading

Sponsored by Prozac, Xanax, Klonopin

I’d like everyone to give a warm welcome to My mind Who Has been on an indebting vacation for some time Two and a half calendar years Which is (M- God dear) Half a televisual century in mind years After considering the exorbitancy Of foreign exchange rates. I have worked in a pharmacy ( Among … Continue reading

Do You Think I Am Who I Think You Think I Am?

The desire to be devastatingly good-looking or smart is really just a desire to impact others. It’s the same as robbing a bank or pulling a trigger or pushing dollar bills through the slot of a Salvation Army bucket with your fingertips. Narcissus could never be inherently selfish, because it’s not his own image he’s … Continue reading

A Dada-Surrealist poem

“Some people, they like to go out dancing And other peoples, they have to work, And there’s even some evil mothers Well they’re gonna tell you that everything is just dirt. You know that women never really faint, And that villains always blink their eyes, And that children are the only ones who blush, And … Continue reading