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“As if the parents we were born to weren't always a matter of happenstance: an elbow jostled at a bar, a muscular hand smoothing the hair away from a blue-shadowed eye, a quick decision that this girl looks hot or that guy seems safe. We are never guaranteed that the people who fit together so deliciously in the heat of a moment can building a lasting love. And it is love, the breadth and force of being wholly, unabashedly loved — not just having two parents who look like the wax figures on a wedding cake — that affirms and redeems us. Poverty alone doesn't always spark violence. And a two-parent home isn't always the antidote. The urge to obliterate is as dark and unknowable as the hollows of our bones.”
Laura Bogart

Peter Wessel Zapffe
“The tragedy of a species becoming unfit for life by over-evolving one ability is not confined to humankind. Thus it is thought, for instance, that certain deer in paleontological times succumbed as they acquired overly-heavy horns. The mutations must be considered blind, they work, are thrown forth, without any contact of interest with their environment. In depressive states, the mind may be seen in the image of such an antler, in all its fantastic splendour pinning its bearer to the ground.”
Peter Wessel Zapffe, Essays

Ben Marcus
“Sometimes I worry, for myself, that I’ve stopped being amazed at certain things, or I’ve taken for granted a set of ideas about how the world works, what people are doing with each other or alone, all the fundamental relationships in the world. I worry that I start taking it for granted and stop feeling the intensity of it because of language. Language starts to shut down the strength and power and strangeness of what it means to be a person in the world.”
Ben Marcus

Joseph McElroy
“I have in my head things I may not have exactly seen, just as you who read this have me.”
Joseph McElroy, Lookout Cartridge

Sam Lipsyte
“I knew I was in the vicinity of a serious lesson, if not about how to live life, then at least how to put some poetry into your craven retreat from it.”
Sam Lipsyte, Home Land

The Feeding Stage (Ongoing Bits) (Literature & Fiction)
5 chapters   —   updated Jul 01, 2015 06:58AM
Description: Throwing out some bits 'n' pieces from a larger thing I'm working on. Testing out some of these bits, against better judgment, for some reason. I should probably just keep working on making the lengthier thing coherent, but here I am, making probably poor choices by emitting bits on a website that only a couple people, at best, will read. It'll be better in a cohered, larger form than in this bits 'n' pieces form. Hopefully. I guess I'm just looking for feedback, bit by bit.
My Favorite Books Published In 2012 (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:34PM
Description: Year of the Mayan Conspiracy Theory, Faves
Flashing Fragments (Literature & Fiction)
4 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:33PM
Description: Flash fiction.
The Unapologetic Clawings at Reality's Apron Strings (Drama)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:32PM
Description: An Accidental and Purple Tribute To Chris Sastre that began as yet one more complimentary comment about his glorious online visage and my inability to separate it from what I imagine him to look like.
Exercises in Hint Fiction (Literature & Fiction)
10 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:32PM
Description: Hint fiction is a structure that finds flash fiction to be too wordy and as such limits "stories" to 25 words or less. Discovered this amusing, writerly exercise and began rattling a few off over at Karen Brissette's review of a hint fiction anthology: http://tinyurl.com/7j3tl9s
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