Archive for March 2008

“Il Fantasma dell’Opera”: no, seriously.

Mar 20th, 2008 | By

Girl alert – I loved A Room with a View. It’s the lemon-frosted cupcake of film; what’s not to like? And of course I crushed out on George Emerson, just like any other girl who sat at home on Friday nights in high school clutching her life-size Jane Austen pillow and sighing over a guy

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Defenestration: March 2008

Mar 20th, 2008 | By

Welcome to the March 2008 issue of Defenestration, which oozed out of the backside of a rabbit-like Easter monotreme and dyed for you enjoyment. That’s right. I used “monotreme” in a sentence. While this is a logical segue into a discussion revolving around cloacas (which I like to call “cloaca orbits”), we’ll forgo all of

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“Word Riot,” by Gerard Sarnat

Mar 20th, 2008 | By

Alone but not lonely yet plainly the only attendee older than forty, fifty … or sixty, and aside from the three pimply groupies with rainbow rubber banded braces in front row middle seats – likely the sole being with no lip, nose, or eyebrow piercings; or total body tattoos showing everywhere there’d been bare skin;

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2 Poems by Mark Cunningham

Mar 20th, 2008 | By

Ship-timber Beetle One cow, then another, ignites in the March sun, then stands in the long shadows and crops hay. Death does not level all: if you covered the earth with pyramids whose tips all reached the same height, then somehow managed to put you hand on all of them at once, they would not

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“Current Issue,” by Gale Acuff

Mar 20th, 2008 | By

All the good comic books have been picked through here at the Dunaway Rex-All Drug Store at the Cobb County Shopping Center, so I’m not sure what to do. We get out only once a week, every Friday, Father and Mother and I, for supper. After dessert, Father gives me my due –my allowance, twenty-five

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2 Poems by Robert Connal

Mar 20th, 2008 | By

A sonnet on unsteady buildings On homeward roads the granite houses march, their roofs pulled low against the lash of rain, their windows streaming sea-spray, rustic arch and cobbled path fence-deep in mud again. They’re drunk. The town is famed for drunken homes, its pavements wet with whiskey and its gutters deep in rum. Each

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“You say ‘New Atheism,’ I say ‘Atheist Chic.’ Let’s call the Christians fools.” by Michael Frissore

Mar 20th, 2008 | By

The world has seen a lot of chics over the years: casual chic, beach chic, The Iron Chic. Until recently my all-time favorite was easily heroin chic, popularized in the 90s by English supermodel and superwaif Kate Moss. But when Los Angeles Times writer Dan Neil coined the phrase “atheist chic” to better describe what

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“Part I of Document B of the CheesE Blocks,” by AE Reiff

Mar 20th, 2008 | By

Document B attempts to reconstruct the original facsimile in language questionable at some points not only from the dialect, but because the ink was smeared in the transmission requiring a best guess at its meaning. The Martian stones originally were kept from view because they compromise widely held beliefs of space and government. “Widely” here

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“Taking Charge of your Child’s Education: What He Really Needs to know about Roswell, The Bermuda Triangle, and the Abominable Snowman,” by John Homans

Mar 20th, 2008 | By

It’s about time we face up to the facts. Test scores for children are at an all-time low. The days of relying on the school system to provide the education are children so desperately need are long gone. It’s time we take matters into our own hands and teach our children what they need to

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“Making The Switch,” by George Sparling

Mar 20th, 2008 | By

I left my wife and was now was a desperate stranger in another town. Without a job, knowing no one, having no contacts, and without hope of acquiring skills, I sat alone in a skuzzy bar, sipping watery beer. No microbrew shit for me, a guy who’d taken philosophy courses in the same college as

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