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09-01-2013
Old Soldiers Never Die: They're Just Invisible by Patrick J Kelly MD FACS
05-01-2013
Good Boy / Bad Boy / Lost Boy by Steven Wineman
03-01-2013
Beyond Brown and Bubbly: Louis Armand’s Breakfast at Midnight by Jim Chaffee
01-01-2013
The Bloodsucker of Nagasaki by Tom Bradley
A Sickness Called America: Thor Garcia's The News Clown by Jim Chaffee
11-01-2012
Singular Extracellular Matrices and Information Rebirth in Kane Faucher's The Infinite Atrocity by Jim Chaffee
08-01-2012
Tom Bradley's FAMILY ROMANCE: excerpt and interview by Tom Bradley et. al.
Author's Foreword to the New Edition of My Hands Were Clean by Tom Bradley
05-01-2012
Les Apaches de la bibliothèque infinie: The Infinite Library by Kane X. Faucher by Jim Chaffee
03-01-2011
Pseudo-scientists, Pseudo-Shamans, and Mass Delusion: Contemporary US Culture by Jim Chaffee
11-01-2010
Review of Tom Bradley's Hemorrhaging Slave Of An Obese Eunuch by Dave Migman
06-01-2010
The Rant of a Hypothetical Slave by Pavel Kravchenko
05-01-2010
Night of the Living Dead: The Party of Palin by Jim Chaffee
02-01-2010
Fear of Merging: A Christmas Tale by Jim Chaffee
09-15-2009
Notes From a Season at the Center of the Universe: Cecil Taylor at the Take 3 by Robert Levin
08-01-2009
Plausible Undeniability by Gil A. Waters
05-01-2009
Meaning and Almostness by Jim Chaffee
04-01-2009
Kalari Payat by Gitanjali Kolanad
03-01-2009
The Ekonomics of Fantasyland by Jim Chaffee
10-01-2008
Ethnic Narcissism and Infertility in Japan by Tom Bradley
09-01-2008
Noise in the Machine: The Homogeneous Chaos Blues by Jim Chaffee
Name of a Flower by Sonia Ramos Rossi
08-01-2008
Sunny Tells Me a Story by Robert Levin
Breakable Bayonets, Made in China by Tom Bradley
03-01-2008
Report from Brazil: Can they spin it? by Dani Nedal
01-01-2008
Photographic Essay: Communal Bathing by Jim Chaffee
12-01-2007
Reading Comprehension Quiz by the editors
08-01-2007
Unabashed editorial with no partisan prejudice by Jim Chaffee
07-01-2007
Science in Contemporary Fiction: Variations on a Theme of Richard Powers by Jim Chaffee
06-01-2007
Free Jazz: The Jazz Revolution of the '60s by Robert Levin
04-01-2007
Introduction to Joseph Hoepner's A Grunt Corpsman's Memories Of Vietnam by Jim Chaffee
A Grunt Corpsman's Memories Of Vietnam by Joesph Hoepner
02-01-2007
Thoughts on the Spanish Civil War by Sandra Ramos Rossi
01-01-2007
Pop Quiz on US History by The Editors
10-01-2006
New Vistas in Rottenness by Patrick Gaffey
07-01-2006
Number 99 by Sonia Ramos Rossi
04-01-2006
NSA Station Hospital, Da Nang: A Personal History by Jim Chaffee
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Old Soldiers Never Die: They're Just Invisible
By Patrick J. Kelly MD FACS. The rich, powerful, corrupt and connected get a free pass out of the country and a new life courtesy of the U.S Taxpayer. But what about the simple soldiers and locals that supported our troops while we were there but were on their own when we pulled out and their world collapsed. What happened to them? more...
Good Boy / Bad Boy / Lost Boy
By steven Wineman. When I was five years old, as my mother tucked me into bed she asked me to promise that I would always stay good and never turn bad like my older brother Jimmy. I promised — it seemed like such a no-brainer! — and she beamed and gave me a big hug and kiss. It was a pivotal moment. more...
Beyond Brown and Bubbly: Louis Armand’s Breakfast at Midnight
By Jim Chaffee. Armand’s story worms its way out of an infested history beyond the control of the protagonist, wriggling unbidden like an ascaris from an anus. more...
The Bloodsucker of Nagasaki
By Tom Bradley. There's a vampire in my background. He has stalked me all my life, but he failed to fix his fangs in my jugular until, like an idiot, I blundered into his tomb and offered up my throat. Now I'm stuck. more...
A Sickness Called America: Thor Garcia's The News Clown
By Jim Chaffee. In a single news article, Garcia captures the US as a society: "In tune with an increasingly mentally-ill society, America's leaders are demonstrably the most warmongering on the planet. They appear bent on a course of foreign policy blundering and fiscal mismanagement that is almost certain to lead to bankruptcy and the irreversible decline, if not total impoverishment, of the nation and its people. The U.S. population, crippled by its mental illness and made impotent by conglomerate control of the mass media, appears incapable of offering any meaningful resistance when their politicians nonsensically announce the start of another oversees war in the ‘interests of peace and free markets,' but which only serves to further endanger the future livelihood of the average American citizen." more...
Singular Extracellular Matrices and Information Rebirth in Kane Faucher's The Infinite Atrocity
By Jim Chaffee. Randees like Paul Ryan are even more amusing to watch, even if in the long run more damaging to society. Mr. Ryan famously declared himself to be a devout Catholic atheist. Of course, he didn't say it in so many words. He claims to be a devout Catholic and he also claimed to be a follower of Ayn Rand or at least of her philosophy. The Catholic Church itself informed Mr. Ryan that such a position was logically untenable given that a fundamental tenet of Rand's "philosophy" is atheism. This is a necessary condition to be a follower of her philosophy, probably one of the less stupid ones. That the clueless Mr. Ryan (who said after the rebuke from the Church that he was not a follower of Rand, a lie given that it was recorded: he had made this statement during a speech to a "conservative" group) didn't realize this simple inconsistency tells us that 1) he lied about having read Rand or 2) he cannot read with comprehension. Since his requirement that his staff read Rand's gibberish (something one would assume they had done and seen through in high school or before) implies he has read her work, he then cannot have comprehended it. That is, the man cannot read with comprehension. He is a functional illiterate. Given that among his generation of humans educated through college within the US one has only a fifty-fifty chance of meeting a functional literate, that is no surprise. more...
Tom Bradley's FAMILY ROMANCE: excerpt and interview
By Tom Bradley et. al. As for the more explicitly testicular of our parents—who knows where absent Dad would come down on this issue? Mom and pathogens are the sole topics he's reluctant to discuss in secret letters from across the Judeuphrates, where has defected to please himself behaving like a traitor/apostate among the Relic Amalekites. more...
Author's Foreword to the New Edition of My Hands Were Clean
By Tom Bradley. The end of everything is going to be like a jumbo jet crash: what kills you is the sheer bouncing avoirdupois of all the other assholes jam-packed around you. The unprecedented apocalyptic monstrosity of the internet makes it obvious that our universe, and everybody in it, is hurtling into the final few screams of the Great Dissolution, as promised in the Vishnu Purana. The Night of Brahma will follow, when we all have to shut the fuck up, and even stop publishing e-books. more...
Les Apaches de la bibliothèque infinie: The Infinite Library by Kane X. Faucher
By Jim Chaffee. Imagine you've fallen in with bookish thugs. Hooligans of the word printed on paper. Canadian dealer in antique books Alberto Gimaldi finds himself in precisely this situation when he hires on with a collector named Castellemare who turns out to be a criminal master-librarian. Castellemare's vicious henchman Angelo first trains Gimaldi in the subtle art of retrieving escaped books only to later hunt him down to repossess books with which Gimaldi has absconded. The library from which books escape to the hands of selected readers, as did those with which Gimaldi made off, is the infinite library over which Catellemare ostensibly presides. Along the way, Gimaldi matches wits with Anton Setzer, former hireling of Castellmare, used bookstore owner and inventor-operator of an infernal device attached to the infinite library via a labyrinth. The device appends newly unwritten books to the library, a mind-boggling task given that the library holds everything written, actually or potentially, analogous to the sort of apparent paradox (only apparent) that haunts infinity in mathematical art. more...
Pseudo-scientists, Pseudo-Shamans, and Mass Delusion: Contemporary US Culture
By Jim Chaffee. Reality is that contemporary US society is afflicted with mass delusion. A goodly bit of it is illustrated by the above statements: ceremonial certification in lieu of active education whereby verbiage for verbiage sake passes for accomplishment. As an example of active education the author challenges the reader to give an argument that the square root of two is not a fraction (and for those who are not educated, a fraction can be taken as the ratio of two non-negative integers, assumed without common divisors, and a square root of a number is another number which when multiplied by itself equals said number). This is a simple exercise, but it does require two important items missing from both statements quoted above: operational definition and reasoning. Without them, words are wasted except for emotive purposes. more...
Notes From a Season at the Center of the Universe: Cecil Taylor at the Take 3
By Robert Levin. In late 1962, Cecil lands a three-month, four-night-a-week gig at The Take 3, a coffee house on Bleecker Street. It's right next door to The Bitter End where Woody Allen had performed just weeks before. (Allen was second on the bill and I'd thrown him a quick couple of lines in the Village Voice column—something about how this new comic exploited his appearance to good advantage.) more...
Meaning and Almostness
By Jim Chaffee. Essence and existence. For certain believers in God and such, essence precedes existence. For some unbelievers, most famously Jean-Paul Sartre or Simone de Beauvoir, the statement is reversed. Neither of these notions is anything more than a repetition of the point they are attempting to drive home, however, and as far as existential dilemmas go, the God-no God question is at best meaningless and really a yawner. Besides which all the arguments end in begging.
Consider instead a chilling ontological-epistemological cocktail with the potential for profound existential hangover. more...
Kalari Payat
By Gitanjali Kolanad. The young lithe bodies with long muscles under dark skin glistening with oil and sweat crouch and kick and leap, taking inspiration from the movement of elephant, lion, horse, snake. The actions are low to the ground, curving, punctuated by sudden high twirling jumps, just like the Malayalam script, all curves interrupted only rarely by a straight line. more...
Noise in the Machine: The Homogeneous Chaos Blues
By Jim Chaffee. Gilbert Ryle nailed Cartesian dualism by killing the ghost in the machine. Now someone named Carl Zimmer wants to use noise in the machine to kill a straw man standing in for genetic determinism. This mushy-headed blather arises as an attempt to simulate science-talk to people inured to comic book encapsulation of the most complex ideas. Who knows what the author intended to convey, or why, but the premise demands deconstruction like Lon Cheney Junior demanded a dew claw. more...
Free Jazz: The Jazz Revolution of the '60s
By Robert Levin. Four musicians (a saxophonist, trumpeter, bassist and drummer) abruptly began to play - with an apoplectic intensity and at a bone-rattling volume - four simultaneous solos that had no perceptible shared references or point of departure. Even unto themselves the solos, to the extent that they could be isolated as such in the density of sound that was being produced, were without any fixed melodic or rhythmic structure. Consisting, by turns, of short, jagged bursts and long meandering lines unmindful of bar divisions and chorus measures they were, moreover, laced with squeaks, squeals, bleats and strident honks. A number ended and another began - or was it the same one again? How were you to tell? No. No way this madness could possibly have a method. more...
Old Soldiers Never Die: They're Just Invisible
By Patrick J. Kelly MD FACS. The rich, powerful, corrupt and connected get a free pass out of the country and a new life courtesy of the U.S Taxpayer. But what about the simple soldiers and locals that supported our troops while we were there but were on their own when we pulled out and their world collapsed. What happened to them? more...
Introduction to Joseph Hoepner's A Grunt Corpsman's Memories Of Vietnam
By Jim Chaffee. In early 1969, Bob Garrison, a good friend from USNH Yokosuka, Japan, and I worked together in Receiving I, the triage unit for NSA Station Hospital in Danang. We'd been in triage for over a year and were damned salty, as the expression goes, so when Bob told me that a Navy corpsman who had come in wounded was really fucked up, I knew the guy must have been bad. Bob also remarked he'd arrived on a Huey gunship, uncommon for a medevac. more...
A Grunt Corpsman's Memories Of Vietnam
By Joseph Hoepner. These memories begin New Year's Eve, 31 December, 1968. I'd arrived in Vietnam earlier in the month, assigned as a hospital corpsman with the 3rd Platoon of Mike Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. On the job less than a month, this day I would become senior corpsman with the platoon. more...
NSA Station Hospital, Da Nang: A Personal History
By Jim Chaffee. In May, 1999, as I sat drinking in the colonial style bar of the Furama Hotel on the beach next to the site of the old China Beach USO, a loud and boorish former Army nurse anesthetist, claiming to have served with an Army hospital in the Central Highlands, yammered in my face. more...