Archive | November, 2013

Lance Manion

Lance Manion | Dream home

The story starts in the driveway. I could tell you volumes about what transpired previous to your visiting but this story starts in the driveway. As you’ve come to expect from the homes in your price range, the driveway is beautiful. Long and winding and chock full of ancient trees and fountains. The long driveway will give you a minute to process what I’m about to say to you. If […]

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Tony Brown

Tony Wayne Brown | For Mama

The destroyer is rockin’ as the top sergeant screams, “Hit the nets and give ’em hell, boys!” I toss my foldin’ money overboard so’s I can double-cross bad luck, but watchin’ it flutter down to the sea makes me realize I’ll be stone-broke if’n I should happen to survive this day. My stomach was already tied up in knots enough, what with the impending assault on a strongly-fortified hunk of […]

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John of God

November Movies You Might’ve Missed

I DON’T KNOW whether it’s sad or silly that most movies about the possibility of life after death are horror movies–or at best, romances, like the Demi Moore- and Patrick Swayze-starring “Ghost.” Rare exceptions include Movies You Probably Saw “Flatliners” and “The Sixth Sense.” Although the latter portrayed “the undead” in rather terrifying ways, it made the point that these spirits were not malevolent; they were seeking help. The two […]

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Jenean McBrearty

Jenean McBrearty | Falling apart

EVEN IN PERFECT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA some rain falls. Some leaves fall. Some bodies fall. Skies, trees, bridges—their existence proves the Great Somebody wants us to understand gravity. Gravity: The force that pulls bodies to the center of the earth. Earth:  Terra firma that we dig holes into so we can lower caskets towards the center of the planet, and say proper words as we fill up the holes with dirt. […]

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