Commonplace Book: The Soldier’s Tear

Compelling passages, notable quotables, bon mots, disjecta, ephemera, and miscellany. Upon a hill he turned, To take a last fond look Of the valley and the village church, And the cottage by the brook. He listened to the sounds So familiar to the ear, And the soldier leant upon his sword And wiped away a tear. … He turned and left the spot, Oh! do not deem him weak, For dauntless was the soldier’s heart, Tho’ tears were on his cheek. Go watch the foremost ranks, In danger’s dark career. Be sure the hand most daring there Has wiped away … Continue reading Commonplace Book: The Soldier’s Tear

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Translation Tuesdays: Voroshilovgrad, by Serhiy Zhadan @ nyjb

“Recommended reading for those looking for a more lighthearted take on a region riven by suffering and war. Voroshilovgrad is yet another example of Ukraine’s cultural uniqueness and its post-Soviet literary scene.” Continue reading Translation Tuesdays: Voroshilovgrad, by Serhiy Zhadan @ nyjb

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CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK: SOME THOUGHTS ON DUNE (2021)

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK: SOME THOUGHTS ON DUNE (2021) Neither a “hot take” nor a full-blown movie review, this essay is more inchoate and formless. More a chance to ruminate on the current blockbuster. Media analysis at its most impressionistic; less a … Continue reading CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK: SOME THOUGHTS ON DUNE (2021)

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TOP THREE: BANGERS: NUMBER 2: “Jesus Built My Hotrod,” by Ministry

Personal, subjective rankings with a short commentary. (KEΦAΛHΞΘ aka) Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs Sire (1992) I must have discovered “Jesus Built My Hotrod” via the Butthole Surfers. In this propulsive, maniacal banger … Continue reading TOP THREE: BANGERS: NUMBER 2: “Jesus Built My Hotrod,” by Ministry

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Wednesday Poetry Corner: Junk by Tommy Pico @ NYJB

“Tommy Pico brings his unique personal perspective to this volume. He explores, once again, what it is to be Native American and gay in the United States at that weird moment in history prior to the pandemic.” Continue reading Wednesday Poetry Corner: Junk by Tommy Pico @ NYJB

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