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Coed Demon Sluts: Beth, the serial

It’s a pretty good gig, actually. You get the nearly immortal, nearly invulnerable demon body, which can be gumbied into any height, weight, size, shape, color, age, you-name-it. You get thirty pieces of silver a month for tempting just three people; if you have sex with them, the bonus is double-bubble; and since silver currency has been out of style for almost a hundred years, they’re all rarities and worth a fortune. You must eat forty-five hundred calories a day, minimum, or else the body gets fatter. You never have to try on a pair of jeans again. You never have to try on another bra. Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover Verse 6: There’s a Blurb on the Cover
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Verse 6: There’s a blurb on the backside of the book. There’s a blurb on the backside of the book. There’s one story on the cover; inside the book’s another. There’s a blurb on the backside of the book. Blurbage … Continue reading

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My Very Dear Reader . . . writer vs. critic

It is scarcely the province of an author to refute the arguments of his censors and vindicate his own productions, but I may be allowed to make here a few observations with which I would have prefaced the first edition … Continue reading

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Richard Adams: An Appreciation

Watership Down by Richard Adams-9780743277709

I think we can agree that 2016 was a sucky year all around. Death has been busy among us. But I would like to mention British author Richard Adams. The Black Rabbit of Inle came for him in December. He wrote many books, but is unquestionably best known for Watership Down, his first novel and his masterpiece. Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover Verse 4: Rocket Power

This is the fourth verse of the song “There’s a Bimbo on the Cover of the Book”. If you’re collecting the lyric and singing along, it’s sung to the tune of (TTTO) “She’ll Be Comin’ Around the Mountain When She … Continue reading

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Five Books

Posts about influential books are pretty common. Writers discuss stories that inspired them, helped them work through dry spells, challenged them to become better. Some lists are chock-full of literary classics. Others are whimsical, with favorite books featuring dogs, or cake … Continue reading

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Anamnesis

I often think of our brains as hypertext: certain smells, sights, bits of music, words, will trigger a cascade of memories or ideas. As I’m doing chores that require two hands so I can’t read, or while I’m walking the … Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover, Verse 3: Here there be dragons.

There’s a dragon on the cover of the book. There’s a dragon on the cover of the book. He is long and green and scaly, but he’s nowhere in the tale. He is a dragon on the cover of the … Continue reading

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Dr. Strange: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  Marvel comics have never been core for me. But like most comic fans I’m well familiar with the major landmarks of the Marvelverse — the X-men, the Fantastic Four and so on. Dr. Stephen Strange I … Continue reading

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Wince words

I make up words all the time because they better reflect what I want to say. Portmanteau words that pull together different ideas to create one. Examples of such words that I have not created: dramedy, rockumentary, cosplay, jazzercise, literotica, … Continue reading

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