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 undisentanglable 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

Review: The Fog of War

The Two Pepper Shakers Errol Morris has compared and contrasted Robert McNamara with Donald Rumsfeld in many colorful ways. In terms of the relationship of “The Fog of War” to “The Unknown Known”,… Continue reading

Review: A Bittersweet Life

This movie is wall-to-wall wish fulfillment from beginning to end. It even has the structural underpinnings of a fantasy in the way the plot moves and turns. I know this because, being a… Continue reading

Review: Blue Velvet

When this movie came out, many critics, most notably Roger Ebert, simply assumed David Lynch was holding up for ridicule the lie of American suburban life and trying to reveal its dark interior… Continue reading

Review: Straw Dogs (1971)

This movie made me feel incredibly happy and alive when I first saw it. A cuckolded American dweeb turns into a black knight of justice and democracy as he slaughters ugly British provincials… Continue reading

Review: Killing Them Softly

Andrew Dominik’s worst movie so still one of the best movies ever. I watched this one incredibly, unbelievably, stoned. Killing Them Softly is apparently some kind of commentary on the 2008 economic crash,… Continue reading

Review: Inception

I wish I could say I turned this off after watching Joseph Gordon-Levitt carefully arrange floating bodies for what seemed like three (dream) hours, but I didn’t. My bemusement overcame my boredom. Nolan’s… Continue reading

Review: A Dangerous Method

This is a wonderful examination of the origins of psychotherapy through its most pivotal minds, including the oft-forgotten Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightly.) Keira Knightly is charged with a ferocious sexual energy, and gives… Continue reading

Review: The Unknown Known

The Unknown Known is so dense with blood boiling groaners that I had to finish it in three or four sittings. Part of the fun for me was listening to all the prerelease… Continue reading

Review: King Arthur

King Arthur aims to pull back the curtain of myth and legend surrounding Arthur and his fabled Knights, but what do we find? A hyperstylized action anime. Lancelot dual wields katanas and Lady… Continue reading

Review: City of God

High caliber poverty porn akin to Slumdog Millionaire. Crazy, fast-paced, stylish, and uncritical of the squalor and violence it depicts. It builds a mythology out of its characters, like HBO’s The Wire, but… Continue reading

Review: End of Evangelion

Evangelion’s true ending. The movie begins by finally and completely shattering sexual innocence, and in the ending, characters that had been developed through 26 episodes are pitilessly annihilated in a terrifying all-consuming alien… Continue reading

Review: Only God Forgives

All the happy morons fresh from the ultra-hip and fashionably smooth/violent hit film Drive were utterly appalled by Nicholas Winding-Refn’s return to his Fear-X/Valhalla Rising roots, ‘Only God Forgives.’ An anti-colonial film affirming… 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

Review: Ace Combat 5

Ace Combat is widely known as the preeminent air combat console game. The series combines arcade style gameplay with highly deliberate marks of authenticity that give it a prestige look and feel akin… 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

Dispatch: Tucson

“If you can’t stand a little sacrifice and you can’t stand a trip across the desert with limited water, we’re never going to straighten this country out.”     Ross Perot Tucson. Attractive… Continue reading

Review: Shadow of the Colossus

No doubt produced by bitter world-weary alcoholics, Shadow of the Colossus finds itself counterposed to Legend of Zelda as the purity of the young wanderer’s intention to save the maiden is perverted toward… Continue reading

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