fixed machine

fixed machine

  € Family breaks up. It leaves marks on three children, two of whom ruin themselves keeping a family together and a third who doesn’t. € A young woman bill collector undertakes to collect a FULL STORY

the big house

the big house

  I am neither prince nor troll nor toad but time itself.   Campbell McGrath, from the poem “The Toad”  

a head of himself

a head of himself

                                        “He spoke in two voices. He was in his fifties. He’d wasted his entire life. FULL STORY

locked in

locked in

                        Not only was I exiled, paralyzed, mute, half deaf, deprived of all pleasures, and reduced to the existence of a jellyfish, but I FULL STORY

remember the future

remember the future

“Orlan has recounted the circumstances surrounding her first surgical operation on numerous occasions; one could say that it has become part of her ever growing mythology. The story goes something as follows: during a 1978 FULL STORY

the dash

the dash

    “I have just returned from a party of which I was the life and soul; wit poured from my lips, everyone laughed and admired me—but I went away—and the dash should be as FULL STORY

identity theft

identity theft

  “Tommy’s indifference applied to his everyday decisions as well as his broader reflections. On the issue of choosing his academic program, he said, “I don’t know what I’m going to take next term. They FULL STORY

tilt

tilt

“We’re all dealing with fiction here, but the sensation of authenticity around the look is really important. That sensation can be created in a lot of ways—one of which was to give our heroine greasy FULL STORY

getting the love you want

getting the love you want

  Marie follows him into the rut: “When did you ask me to have sex? Go through it with the couples,” she says, gesturing around the room. “Was it last night?” “Last night—and then several FULL STORY

different reds

different reds

    If one says “Red” (the name of a color) and there are 50 people listening, it can be expected that there will be 50 reds in their minds. And one can be sure FULL STORY

the lost colony

the lost colony

  “When we discover that there are several cultures instead of just one and consequently at the time when we acknowledge the end of a sort of cultural monopoly, be it illusory or real, we FULL STORY

and so i repress myself

and so i repress myself

    And so I repress myself, and swallow the call-note of depth-dark sobbing. (leishman) And so I restrain myself and swallow the luring call of dark sobbing. (macintyre) So I withhold myself and keep FULL STORY

three troublesome pairs of verbs

three troublesome pairs of verbs

Three pairs of verbs require special study and drill because they are more difficult to use correctly than any other verbs. These special verbs are lie, lay, sit, set, rise, and raise. Most difficult to FULL STORY

a bully for you

a bully for you

  “What is your aim in philosophy? To show the fly the way out of the fly-bottle.” –ludwig wittgenstein film clip: bottle rocket by wes anderson   I finished college in the middle of the FULL STORY

how do you look at it?

how do you look at it?

  The book: A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide The author: Samantha Power One piece of the picture: a bizarre and destructive mental state in which people are able to know, FULL STORY

the stomach was full

the stomach was full

 “There is, in the act of love, a great resemblance to torture or to a surgical operation.” CB     * The photo is very recent and very stolen from National Geographic, November 2011. Photographer FULL STORY