Category Archives: Books Publishing and Writing

“And Meanwhile What Do We Eat?”

Eddie Pensier writes: ‘The only thing we can do is sell the rooster,’ said the woman. ‘We can also sell the clock.’ ‘They won’t buy it.’ ‘Tomorrow I’ll try to see if Alvaro will give me the forty pesos.’ ‘He … Continue reading

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Movie Du Jour: “The Naked Kiss” (1964)

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Cheap, lurid, corny, sensational, sentimental, blunt, and perverse, Sam Fuller’s THE NAKED KISS opens with a bald hooker beating her pimp. After winding up in Squaresville, USA she decides to go straight, lands a job as a well-respected … Continue reading

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Poem Du Jour: “Poem” by Frank O’Hara

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Lana Turner has collapsed!I was trotting along and suddenlyit started raining and snowingbut hailing hits you on the headhard so it was really snowing andraining and I was in such a hurryto meet you but the trafficwas acting … Continue reading

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Poem Du Jour: “Roman Wall Blues” by W.H. Auden

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Over the heather the wet wind blows,I’ve lice in my tunic and a cold in my nose.The rain comes pattering out of the sky,I’m a Wall soldier, I don’t know why.The mist creeps over the hard grey stone,My … Continue reading

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Plus Ça Change…

Eddie Pensier writes: It would be unfair to suggest that all universities in the Renaissance were sterile, conformist places; they often hosted vigorous discussion and dissent. But verbal sparring matches (“disputations”) could amount to point-scoring contests decided by nimble rhetoric, … Continue reading

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No Life or Youth

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Stephen watched the three glasses being raised from the counter as his father and his two cronies drank to the memory of their past. An abyss of fortune or of temperament sundered him from them. His … Continue reading

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Quote Du Jour

Eddie Pensier writes: You wouldn’t know, by looking at us in our sunglasses, our somber dark suits, and carrying our concealed pistols and compact machine guns–meant to rapidly and coarsely dismantle the flesh of anyone threatening the life of the … Continue reading

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Sophocles’s Literary Defense

Blowhard, Esq. writes: When he was 90, Sophocles was sued by his sons who argued their father was incapable of managing his financial affairs. They charged the playwright with “paranoia,” which was the ancient Greek equivalent of saying he had … Continue reading

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The Hipster Beard

Eddie Pensier writes: The Beard: This common trend suggests that the clean-shaven, well-groomed man is overly civilized, untrustworthy, wimpy and cunning. Men with beards are real and rugged, but because of the beard, they don’t have to act it. Without … Continue reading

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