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Month: October 2012

barking backward

“The old dog barks backward without getting up. I can remember when he was a pup.” –Robert Frost, “The Span of Life”   My boyfriend’s older brother was twenty-one. We were seventeen at the time, so twenty-one was a glamorous wedding with destiny. But “Russ” just sat there all day in the TV room, an extra bedroom on the second floor of his mom’s house.…

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Pennsylvania B & B

    “There are five individually decorated guest rooms, two with a fireplace and three with a bath. The North Room features a hooped canopied bed and an assortment of antique pieces, including a washstand, a rocker, a table with lamp, and a ladderback chair; it’s decorated in pale-green trim and the chair rail adds a certain elegance. All the rooms have nice touches—-quilts, embroidered…

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What is stability?

  “I venture to say that most people most of the time experience the same four-o’clock-in-the-afternoon devaluation. But I have noticed an interesting thing. If such a person, a person like me feeling lapsed at four o’clock in the afternoon, should begin reading a novel about a person feeling lapsed at four o’clock in the afternoon, a strange thing happens. Things increase in value. Possibilities…

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Cocktails

    ANGER + DISGUST = outrage ANGER  +  SADNESS = betrayal ANGER + FEAR = caged animal DISGUST + FEAR = horror SADNESS +  SURPRISE = disappointment emotional mixtures for drawing facial expressions formulated by Scott McCloud in Making Comics Here’s what I know about the man. His heart was in the right place, originally. He wanted good things, and his friends had noble ideas and…

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fictitious events

[flowplayer src=’http://www.bootrundle.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/deliverance1.m4v’ splash=’http://www.bootrundle.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Screen-Shot-2012-10-16-at-4.57.19-PM1.png’]   “The strike is so spontaneous and logical a consequence of working-class existence that  most European languages have quite independent native words for it (e.g., grève, huelga, sciopero, zabastovka), whereas words for other institutions are often borrowed.”  E.J. Hobsbawm from The Age of Revolution   He’s a part of it all right. Part of the dark, unfair, unplanned group experience. It’s a…

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pinky and leather

  “Wonder who first slid in to use another creature’s skin for staying warm—” Carter Revard, from “Skins as Old Testament”     she has this uncharacteristic fantasy of wearing leather clothing items and accessories. not one at a time but the whole collection at once. it’s uncharacteristic because she loves animals. well, maybe she doesn’t love animals, but she feels sorry them. she feels sorry…

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my christian mortgage

[flowplayer src=’http://www.bootrundle.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/trainspottingdannyboyle.m4v’ splash=’http://www.bootrundle.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Screen-Shot-2012-10-10-at-9.00.38-PM.png’]   “Savannas are the tropical grasslands where the hippo roams, the miasmal mist is the mist from the rivers and marshes the hippo inhabits. Why does Eliot say that the hippo will ascend to Heaven while the Church takes his place in the animal mists?” –study question from How Does A Poem Mean by John Ciardi, c. 1959 film clip is from…

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worry lines

  –loss of strength and muscle weakness all over the body –double vision –blurred vision and drooping eyelids –hoarseness or loss of voice –trouble saying words clearly –loss of bladder control –trouble breathing –trouble swallowing –Botox, possible side effects   He passed his reflection in a store window and surprised himself. What a scowl. It was there without his permission or knowledge. He wasn’t even…

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rooves without houses

  “They passed a dead man in a sitting position on a hummock, entirely surrounded by wild animals and snakes. Common danger made common friends. Nothing sought a conquest over the other.” –Zora Neale Hurston, from Their Eyes Were Watching God   A guy and a girl were having a big, fat argument. An old lady with bright, red hair was there with them, and…

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a problem like maria

The Agents of Outrage: An embassy attacked. Diplomats murdered. The new calculus of violence against America. Brooklyn is Finished: Or has it only just begun? You call this an election? Could China and Japan go to war over these? The Adventures of Genius: True Tales of Brilliant Heroes –headlines in the checkout line at Whole Foods    I went on a silent retreat once, and…

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