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Angeldust Apocalypse

A collection of Bizarro tales by Jeremy Robert Johnson

January 13th, 2008 · Written by · No Comments

Angel Dust Apocalypse

Angeldust Apocalypse belongs to an emerging genre called Bizarro fiction, which holds disturbing imagery as one of its defining characteristics. I could focus on these often macabre situations in Angeldust Apocalypse — moments of human body modification, subcutaneous worm trafficking, corporate logo shaped scars — but to do just that would be doing this collection a severe disservice. [...]

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Skunk: A Love Story

Justin Courter's Darkly Comedic First Novel

December 9th, 2007 · Written by · No Comments

Skunk

Skunk: A Love Story feels familiar. One can smell, if you will, a trace of recognition. Our antisocial yet romantic protagonist falls in love, suffers betrayal, adopts a simpler life, and learns a few lessons along the way – all while dealing with substance addition. While these broad events have been tasted before, Skunk does offer something distinctive: Damien Youngquist, an intelligent and socially crippled middle-aged office worker, is addicted to skunk musk.

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It Came From Below The Belt

A Bizarro Novel by Bradley Sands

November 3rd, 2007 · Written by · No Comments

It Came From Below the Belt

The bizarro world is a quickly growing literary genre. It’s not that the storytelling style is new, it’s simply catching on in the mainstream. The stories are not quite horror. Nor are they fantasy. In fact, many of the tales told in this subculture are flat out absurd. That’s the whole point. They take place in worlds where anything goes and nothing is predictable. [...]

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Faith and Reason

Artists and Professors Examine God’s Place in America

September 3rd, 2007 · Written by · No Comments

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Whether it’s jazz, hip-hop, or rock, music is often born of the two headed beast of religion and politics. While in the hands of the much-maligned Bush Administration, the country has seen an explosion of politically fueled records. And given the influence of religion on today’s divided political landscape, it’s no surprise that many musicians have also been grappling with notions about God.

With over two decades in one of music’s most influential punk bands, Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin has been one of the most outspoken voices on religion in society. Holding a master’s in geology from UCLA and a Ph.D. from Cornell University, Graffin will soon pack up the road gear from this year’s Warped Tour and head to UCLA where he teaches life science courses. [...]

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Aid:

What's really plaguing Africa

January 3rd, 2006 · Written by · No Comments

Road to Hell

It wasn’t as if domination was their manifest purpose. They claimed they were there to help. And some of them believed it. The objects of their assistance were underprivileged and backwards, nobly trying to grasp the concepts of a new era but disastrously unable to do so. What they needed was the golden touch – the magnanimous muscle of giants born into privilege.

I speak, of course, of foreign aid. Or maybe old world colonialism. The similarity between the two is a theme woven throughout a groundbreaking narrative by experienced aid worker Michael Maren entitled, The Road to Hell: The Ravaging Effects of Foreign Aid and International Charity.

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