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Snowpiercer: The Train As Capitalist Society And The Universe

Post-apocalyptic art–whether literature or movies–is provided, sometimes all too easily, ample opportunity for flirting with the grand, for making sweeping statements about human nature and the meaning and purpose of life. 487 more words


Porcupine Fends Off a Pack of Lions


Porcupines are: better than you.

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The Sadness of the Maya

One day, all the animals drew near to a Maya man and said to him,”We do not like to see you so sad.  Ask us for whatever you wish and you shall have it.” 225 more words


Jose Saramago's Blindness, And Its Many Visions

Jose Saramago‘s Blindness is a very funny and a very sad book. It is a very sad book because it is about a cataclysmic event–an outbreak of blindness in an unspecified place and time–and the breakdown of social and moral order that follows; it is very funny because this apocalypse of sorts provides an opportunity for the novel’s author–an omnipresent narrator–to deliver an ironic, caustic, hilariously satirical black commentary on the people–unnamed ones, all of them–and the culture affected by this mysterious outbreak. 443 more words


Two Parrots by Rashin Kheiriyeh

Two Parrots by Rashin Kheiriyeh

Inspired by a tale by Rumi, this picture book takes an allegorical look at imprisonment and freedom.  A Persian merchant receives a parrot as a present and places him in a golden cage.   When the merchant heads out on a trip to India, he asks the parrot what gift he can bring back.  The parrot asks him to find his parrot friend and explain that the parrot would love to see him but is unable to due to his cage.  The merchant does as is asked and when he tells the parrot of his friend in the cage, the parrot falls down dead.  The merchant returns home to his parrot and has to tell him about the death of his friend.  At which point the parrot in the cage falls down dead too.  The merchant lifts the dead bird out of the cage and the bird promptly comes back to life and flies out the window to freedom.  The merchant is forced to admit the importance of freedom to living things.  Now he enjoys the beauty of the parrots free in his garden, uncaged. 169 more words

Book Reviews

A Touch Of Whimsy - Yet Another Interlude. I Arrogate To Myself...

And so we come to yet another interlude.

I do not classify myself as a writer. Not by a long shot. So, let me just say that I am suffering from something called blogging block. 406 more words




For Fans of: Disintegration-era The Cure, Moonface, Interpol, 182 more words