A Transylvanian Tale
Apr12

A Transylvanian Tale

Searching for silence in Romania Winter in the Eastern Bloc, it’s about 9pm, the night sky outside is blacker than hell. We are just about to cross the border by train between Hungary and the north of Romania; this is the frontier land before we reach Transylvania. The train slowly grinds to a halt and a couple of brutish looking Magyar border guards approach us and bark the singular word “passport”’ in our faces. We oblige and hand...

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A Postcard from Ginsberg
Apr12

A Postcard from Ginsberg

by Michael Hendrick In January 1976, Columbia Records released Desire, the Bob Dylan LP, replete with liner notes by Allen Ginsberg. I was 18 years old at the time and worked at a newspaper in Allentown, PA, as a copywriter/copyboy. Part of my duties included taking over the switchboard for half an hour, so the receptionist could take her 9:00pm break. The USA in the mid-70s was a steep peak in the landscape of drug-culture and just...

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On the Road changed my life… Kind of
Apr12

On the Road changed my life… Kind of

by Wayne Mullins One of the most common quotes you will hear from fans of Jack Kerouac is how reading his seminal novel On the Road changed their lives. I have come to the conclusion that sadly this isn’t actually true. I myself went through the same emotional rollercoaster after reading this book, but many years on I have figured out that sadly it hasn’t really changed my life a great deal (if at all), but that I just really, really...

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Dislocation

Literature and the art of self-realisation by Cila Warncke To arrive where you are To get where you are not You must go by the way wherein there is no ecstasy …In order to arrive at what you are not You must go through the way in which you are not And what you do not know Is the only thing you know And what you own Is what you don’t own And where you are Is where you are not. – T.S. Elliot I was lucky. By the time I discovered that...

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The End of the Road

R. R. Reno The road dominates the American imagination, from the Oregon Trail to Route 66. That strange, in-between time of escape, freedom, and adventure: On The Road, you leave behind all the ordinary routines and demands. Still, I was surprised when my daughter was assigned On The Road in her high-school English class. Kerouac’s frenetic novel seemed less obvious a choice than Moby Dick and less safe a choice than To Kill a...

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The Crooked Path Towards Salvation
Apr12

The Crooked Path Towards Salvation

  I pull into the parking lot of the Motel 6 at 3 am. I’ve been driving for 18 hours straight, most of them supplemented by heavy doses of caffeine and THC. The combination of fatigue, a waning buzz and hours spent in wistful rumination leave me in a strange emotional state. The best way to describe it is I feel as if I don’t exist. It’s like one of those out of body experience scenes in a movie where the spirit floats above the...

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The Domino Diaries: The Havana Zoo

by BRIN FRIESEN I saw a little girl get bit by a dog this afternoon in Central Park. I watched her from a stone bench beside the Esquina Caliente (Hot Corner) crowd of men arguing baseball just down the street from the Capitolio. She tried to pet one of these Goya-nightmare stray dogs and it snapped at her hand. She went off like a car alarm but it was the way she screamed that made the old men give up baseball and rush over to...

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In Tangier

by Steven O’Sullivan “A true document of human desperation.” -Playwright Tennessee Williams on Mohamed Choukri’s autobiographical novel about life in Tangier, 1973. The release of Choukri’s For Bread Alone came in the midst of Tangier’s development as a hideout for expatriate writers and artists. American writer Paul Bowles was one of the pioneering residents of Tangier and responsible for the...

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