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John Dishwasher

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Connoisseur of laundromats. Frequenter of neighborhood parks and Tijuana cafes. Transcriber of eavesdroppings. I make zines. I run. I enjoy live soccer matches, no matter the skill level of the players. My plays, stories, poems and essays have appeared in scores of publications, touching virtually all genres. My wife and I share a Southern California rental with two rescued cats, not to mention the balcony green with potted basil. There are more ups than downs. Usually.

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In the space of one day a sensitive, wealthy girl is introduced to the dignity of those less fortunate than her, to the callousness of her social set toward them, and to how ready the affluent are to intellectualize away moral qualms for the sake of ...more
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A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt
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This play balances a character of constancy, principle and conscience against a whole mob of shitheads who enjoy none of these qualities. Interesting to me is the mixture of respect and resentment that this character of conscience creates in those ch ...more
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This was a great reading year. Average rating was 3.8 on 51 books, and I only gave ratings below 3 stars twice. My five favorite books of 2020 are listed below. Usually I wouldn't pick one as the best among them but The Hours just blew me away. This ...more
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Allegory at its frankest. Mutis shows a boat chugging up a river through an Amazonian jungle. This boat is us as individuals. The captain of the boat is our mind. The passenger of the boat is our spirit. The boat is our body. Crazy shit comes at us o ...more
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The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol
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A caper. Some heavy duty irony, too, since you’ve got thefts, vanity, deception, attempted adultery and deals with the devil going on just as Christ’s birth is being celebrated. There’s also some anger and envy and greed, if you really look, which ro ...more
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Superficially this truly amusing book is about the history of the bicyclist in Amsterdam. But it was impossible for me to read through its hilarious anecdotes without being reminded that human beings express themselves through all mediums, n
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