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Skinny Dipping

Long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and finalist for the Crawford Award. Title short story listed for the 2000 O. Henry award.

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Goblin Mercantile Exchange

Futures, Options, and Swaps (the weblog of Alan DeNiro)

A one drink drinking game

watched MSNBC for literally 1.5 minutes until I heard one of the commentators say “values voters.” Sooooo….BBC America it is!

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Tue, November 4 2008 » Polis » No Comments

12 hours

May we all exorcise the Plumberomicon and its eldritch bloviating tomorrow.

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Mon, November 3 2008 » Polis, Uncategorized » 2 Comments

one more thought

McCain is like an acupuncturist working on the body politic, poking with his needle and trying to find the right spot to paralyze the whole body. When he can’t…when it doesn’t seem to be working… …he starts jabbing uncontrollably like a serial killer.

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Sun, November 2 2008 » Polis » No Comments

3 days

One of McCain/Palin’s gambits for winning this election is a form of assymetrical warfare on the democratic process. It goes far beyond feigned outrage, “working the refs”, and even the blatant racism and xenophobia oozing from McCain on down (though all of those are horrible enough). In fact, I think it’s the only consistent pattern [...]

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Sun, November 2 2008 » Polis » 1 Comment

About 2 Weeks

Let us, then, fellow-citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things. And let us reflect that, having banished from our land that religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled and suffered, we have [...]

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Sat, October 18 2008 » Polis » No Comments

thoughts on the last debate

OMG, I didn’t know Jessica Lynch’s dad was a PLUMBER! I also hear his story has been optioned and Kevin Costner wants to play him! With Kelsey Grammer!!!!!!!!

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Thu, October 16 2008 » Polis » No Comments

The Palinomicon: Hockey Moms of Darfur

Spent. Almost devoid of speech. The “unbinding” itself must suffice. _______ HOCKEY MOMS OF DARFUR: THE UNBINDING Reaffirming, on the eve of Hockey Night in Darfur, the naming rights sold to the burning village Welcoming the janjaweed shooting free Slayer t-shirts into the crowd Commending genetically modified genocide Remaining deeply concerned by Canadian imperialism and [...]

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Tue, October 14 2008 » Poetry, Polis, Uncategorized » 1 Comment

another section from the Palinomicon

The transcriptions continue apace. I have hunkered down, tried to steel myself, but the deceptively simple revelations of this list still draw consternation. Have any of these namings been enacted? Meanwhile…I almsot hear the recitations of this wicked logos throughout the land now. The anger of the minions — the followers, if you will, of [...]

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Fri, October 10 2008 » Poetry, Polis, Uncategorized » 1 Comment

more from the Palinomicon

I spent quite a bit of time transcribing this. I am torn-I am reluctant to bring the manuscript with me — who knows what unspeakable power it holds in the tidal forces of every day occurences? And yet I daren’t let it fall into the wrong hands at home, or for the dog to eat [...]

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Sat, October 4 2008 » Poetry, Polis » 1 Comment

The Palinomicon (introduction)

I debated where I should blog about this or not, but here goes. A couple of days ago I received a package from Juneau, Alaska — its ends taped over with duct tape several times over, my address written on a black magic marker, in a tight, clipped scrawl (without my name) and with no [...]

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Wed, September 24 2008 » Poetry, Polis » 5 Comments


Palin really is the “dream” candidate in that she seems to have risen unbidden like a phantasm into the political landscape (that is our wilderness). All signifier and no signified, the far-right are going to inscribe their hopes and aspirations onto her; and as for the left, she is a mercurial creature of borderline nightmare. [...]

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Sun, September 7 2008 » Polis » 3 Comments

“We’re Not Corporate Titans”

One of my favorite recent genres of TV commercials is the “passive aggressive, angry oil company commercial.” The tone is “Look, yeah, yeah, you think we’re part of the problem, but we’re actually part of the solution too! So piss off!” This Chevron extended clip is a minor masterpiece in the genre. It sounds like [...]

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Mon, June 9 2008 » Movies/TV, Polis » 1 Comment


Communities make assertions. Open minded communities make open minded assertions.

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Sun, June 8 2008 » Polis » No Comments

Lil’ Stalin Pop-Up Book Coming Soon

Here’s what’s cookin’ in the latest Ministry of Education-approved Russian history textbooks: Stalin was an “effective manager,” taking Russia from the plow to the atomic bomb in just a few years. His repressions were necessary to mobilize for war and industrialize Russia so quickly. In general, the ratings of past leaders goes like this: Khrushchev [...]

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Sun, January 27 2008 » Polis » No Comments

Dogpatch Ephemera

Dogpatch was a theme park based on the Lil’ Abner comics that existed from 1968-1993. It’s been defunct since that time and its abandoned grounds have become overgrown, crumbling. Here are some amazing pics of Dogpatch. What is oddly affecting about this is how cultural forces that seem like juggernauts can become relics in a [...]

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Thu, December 27 2007 » Fiction, Polis » 2 Comments

“Skyful liars attempting to destroy nation”

Check out this diatribe from the (pro-gov’t or state-sponsored, I’m just assuming here) New Light of Myanmar: “Eleven violent protestors were arrested together with one-12 inch knife, one pointed thin iron rod, a pair of scissors, five catapults, marbles, nuts, fighting peacock flags, headbands bearing the picture of US eagles, cards of Level II English [...]

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Fri, October 5 2007 » Polis » No Comments

News from the Cantons

From an article entitled: “Beleaguered Iraqis now fear their own security forces more than the insurgents” “Be careful,” warned a senior Iraqi government official living in the Green Zone in Baghdad, “be very careful and above all do not trust the police or the army.” * A bizarre flavour has been given to Saadoun Street [...]

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Fri, May 4 2007 » Polis » No Comments


Student arrested for making map of his school, considered “terrorist threat.” Ultimately, in cases like this, the students are decried by know-nothing authority figures who seem to imply that the student is unable to distinguish between fantasy and reality. But, I think it’s the other way around. School personnel being so brittle and imagination-poor that [...]

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Wed, May 2 2007 » Games, Polis » 2 Comments

another random link

Circuit City meltdown/wage bait-and-switch. “Investors cheered the cost-saving moves.”

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Wed, March 28 2007 » Polis » 1 Comment

Admiral Smallpox Scare

This is messed up.

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Wed, March 28 2007 » Polis » No Comments