POEM: The Pigs’ Father by L.J. Block

You built your house out of straw? You moronic fucking asshole. How could you do that? What were you thinking? Why are you screaming at me? I’m not screaming, I’m grunting. Well, if… Continue reading

News: The Charlie Hebdo Reading List

All the power, all the power in the world is stacked against the victims of empire, and inextricable from this is the lack of power to make their case in defense. […] https://cienflamingos.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/fuck-charlie-hebdo-or-take-your-free-speech-and-stick-it/… Continue reading

Poem: For the Union Dead by Robert Lowell

Relinquunt Ommia Servare Rem Publicam. The old South Boston Aquarium stands in a Sahara of snow now. Its broken windows are boarded. The bronze weathervane cod has lost half its scales. The airy… Continue reading

Poem: A Simple Motion by L.J. Block

A simple motion of steel in darkness rakes fallow the rich contours of a quiet Berkshire night. A red-light run, one petal fallen from the Mother Rose. And a wailing of despair rises… Continue reading

Poem: The Drunken Fisherman by Robert Lowell

Wallowing in this bloody sty, I cast for fish that pleased my eye (Truly Jehovah’s bow suspends No pots of gold to weight its ends); Only the blood-mouthed rainbow trout Rose to my… Continue reading

Excerpt: Not with An ASPCA Badge, But With A Machine Gun

An Excerpt From the Book Letters of James Agee to Father Flye [1962]

Excerpt: Yamaoka Tesshu – A Profile

A Profile of Yamaoka Tesshu From Mike Sayama’s Book Samadhi: Self Development in Zen, Swordsmanship, and Psychotherapy [1985] Before capitulating to stomach cancer on July 19, 1888, Tesshu composed this poem: Tightening my abdomen… Continue reading

Excerpt: A Man’s Head: The Rest Exists for This

Excerpt from Gustav Eckstein‘s book The Body Has A Head [1969]

Reprint: The People’s Almanac’s Symposium on Utopias

Eight respected intellectuals describe their ultimate utopias, and sound like humiliating caricatures of themselves. Originally appeared in The People’s Almanac #2 [1978] Reprinted from Trivia Library ISAAC ASIMOV, prolific popular science writer, noted… Continue reading

Reprint: Takeshi Kitano Interviews Kazushi Sakuraba

From Winners Dead or Alive Vol. 1 (Nov. 2000) Translated by Yoko Kondo Reprinted From Global Training Report Sakuraba: To tell the truth, I used to watch “Take-chan man” very often when I was… Continue reading

Reprint: Battle Royal High School – Frank Zappa on 50’s Teenagers and Rock & Roll

By Frank Zappa, as told to Richard Blackburn Evergreen Review, August 1970 All teenagers are fad-conscious and follow the leader. Because of this, a certain ideal image will usually come to pervade an… Continue reading

Excerpt: H.L. Mencken on Anglos

Poem: The Soul Is A Porcupine, Made Strong By Stick-Beating

Check Mate by Rumi Translated by Coleman Barks Borrow the beloved’s eyes. Look through them and you’ll see the beloved’s face everywhere. No tiredness, no jaded boredom. “I shall be your eye and… Continue reading

Excerpt: Easy Inugami Invocation

Inugami Hakase by Maruo Suehiro

Excerpt: Shall We Not Revere Our Ancestors?

An excerpt from Charles Kingley‘s Historical Lectures and Essays [1880] Yes, it is very sad, the past history of mankind. But shall we despise those who went before us, and on whose accumulated labours… Continue reading

Opinion: Industry Asshole Guilt Trips Part I

From Adrian Chmielarz, a designer of one of the most lucrative game franchises of all time:   Can you guess what’s doubling game budgets and development time? It’s not technology. It’s not “finding the fun”.… Continue reading

Excerpt: Countdown – Sex Bombs by Utatane Hiroyuki

Excerpt: Last scene from Yukio Mishima’s Terrace of the Leper King

“Body am I, and soul”—thus speaks the child. And why should one not speak like children? But the awakened and knowing say: body am I entirely, and nothing else; and soul is only a… Continue reading

Excerpt: Desierto

The first five pages of Charles Bowden’s Desierto [1991]

Reprint: The Poem of Hashish

“The great disappointment of that   which we know is what YOU   encounter, terrible Bhairava, the heads of hope hang bloody   around YOUR loins. I greet YOU, YOU who first placed… Continue reading

Poem: Pain Path

Excerpt from Gustav Eckstein‘s book The Body Has A Head [1969]

Poem: Spleen

Excerpt from Gustav Eckstein‘s book The Body Has A Head [1969]

Excerpt: Asura’s Path

Poem: Drug – It Is Bored

Excerpt from Gustav Eckstein‘s book The Body Has A Head [1969]

Poem: A Dog’s Head – The Rest Exists for This

Excerpt from Gustav Eckstein‘s book The Body Has A Head [1969]

Reprint: F-104 by Yukio Mishima

The Ouroboros is a dramatic symbol for the integration and assimilation of the opposite, i.e. of the shadow. This ‘feed-back’ process is at the same time a symbol of immortality, since it is… Continue reading