“Everything in life is self-explanatory. Throw away the instructions and rebuild this Ikea world in your own image. Otherwise, deal with it like a bad haircut: grow out of it.”
From the forthcoming collection, Postmodern Memes for the Unworthy, by Eugenia Berry
“A celebration marking the first day of summer, the day's traditions are rooted in pagan festivals. What is celebrated today is believed to be a consolidation of three earlier festivals: Beltane fires - to celebrate the return of summer and fertility of the land; Walpurgisnacht - the eve of the Christian feast day of Saint Walpurga; and Floralia, which was held in ancient Rome in honour of the goddess Flora.”
Far-right groups in Los Angeles and Seattle have announced plans to rally against May Day events.
“May Day, or International Workers Day, is commemorated annually on May 1 to celebrate the struggles of labourers and the working class.”
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The “My God. It’s full of stars” section:
“I ask can I do anything differently, anything better, and he says, You were never my problem. The half-compliments will be the ones that kill me.”
Fiction from Liana Jahan Imam in Waccamaw: a journal of contemporary literature
“The Disappointed Housewife is a literary journal for writers, and readers, who are seeking something different. We like the idiosyncratic, the iconoclastic, the offbeat, the hard-to-categorize.”
All the Office Ladies ~ fiction by Cathy Ulrich
“If I were an office lady in Japan, I’d be the last person to leave the office. I’d pretend the copier was jammed, or there were some last-minute copies to make. The other office ladies wouldn’t want me to walk out with them, three inches taller and American.”
Layers ~ fiction by Pat Foran
“Thank you so much. Everybody’s got something going on if you peel back the layers.”
Nonfiction at Cosmonauts Avenue from the awesome Liz Howard.
“When you finally meet with the dentist, you are nervous as hell. You’re resolute in the fact that he pulled the wrong tooth, but you know your trembly, uptalking, anxious little self well enough to know it’s not going to be that simple.”
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“I asked for yellow balloons for my twelfth birthday, instead of my favourite colour blue because it no longer was.”
I Asked for Yellow Balloons by Alva Holland
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“…you gave me all the departing desires,
as a way of teaching me to cope and to stay a poet when I don’t feel like being a poet.”
an erasure essay from Ch. 16 of The seventeen Book of Etiquette and Entertaining, 1963
“She would strip her fear fresh and neat, thank the mother, mind her modesty, and he would envelope her as he said he would. Later. You are not the right girl.”
Read this and more at Cahoodaloodaling, a collaborative publication
In the MOJAVE HE[ART] REVIEW:
by Allie Marini
“Husband told her he liked redheads. but later, he told her that he knew it was just paint & it looked fake. he liked to dress her in outfits that didn’t quite fit right so he turned her upside down and bashed her head on the floor to get her pants to zip up.”
(Visit Allie Marini’s site. )
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"The Internet is not a thing, a place, a single technology, or a mode of governance. It is an agreement. "
John Gage, Director of Science, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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How Children's Literature Leads Us to The Uncanny
By Liam Heneghan
The New Pulitzer Prize-Winner on the (Many) Times He Tried For a Guggenheim
by Andrew Sean Greer
This article was completely crowdsourced.
(But … by Justin Cox, at The Writing Cooperative)
“I call this strange feeling The Funk™️.”
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