Monthly Archives: June 2010

Confessions of a Bad Hippie

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Andreas Economakis

Henry the Corpse by Andreas Economakis One day when I was a kid I went for a walk in the old abandoned rock quarries by my dad’s house in Athens. I came across a neatly wrapped white package, about the … Continue reading

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“Close to Home”: Film Commentary by Karim Abuawad

A few months ago, as I was looking for a good film streaming on Netflix, I came a across the Israeli film Close to Home (2005). I rarely watch Israeli films (after all Israel isn’t famous for its filmmaking industry) … Continue reading

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WHAT THE LIVING DO by Marie Howe Johnny, the kitchen sink has been clogged for days, some utensil probably fell down there. And the Drano won’t work but smells dangerous, and the crusty dishes have piled up waiting for the … Continue reading

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Andreas Economakis

The Mysterious Guest by Andreas Economakis The invitation came as a surprise, not so much because I hadn’t heard from my dad’s friend in years, but because the words “Black Tie” were written at the bottom of the card. Promising … Continue reading

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Interview with Mark Smith-Soto

[The following interview and introductory remarks were originally published in Cold Mountain Review in 2006.] Mark Smith-Soto is difficult to classify. He is a professor of Spanish and Latin American literature, a playwright, a poet, a translator, the editor of … Continue reading

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IN LOVE WITH RAYMOND CHANDLER by Margaret Atwood An affair with Raymond Chandler, what a joy! Not because of the mangled bodies and the marinated cops and hints of eccentric sex, but because of his interest in furniture. He knew … Continue reading

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An Eastern Love Story

قصة حبٍ شرقية An Eastern Love Story Composed by Naseer Shamma Iraqi musician Naseer Shamma playing the oud with one hand in honor of Iraqi war victims. Naseer Shamma is said to have invented this technique to help Iraqi war … Continue reading

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Why “America the Beautiful” Should Be Our National Anthem

Why “America the Beautiful” Should Be Our National Anthem By John Unger Zussman No, it’s not because the “Star-Spangled Banner” (let’s call it SSB) is unsingable. The notes span about an octave and a half, which is within most people’s … Continue reading

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Andreas Economakis

THE DAY KURT COBAIN BLEW HIS BRAINS OUT by Andreas Economakis Marisa and I arrived at LAX late in the evening and when we finally got home I hit the sack right away. I was due to work on a … Continue reading

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