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Deaths of Distant Friends (or, John Updike Fucking Rocks)

Kurt Baumeister and John Updike met once upon a time. The event probably wasn’t memorable for Updike, but it was for Baumeister. Continue reading




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Protecting Pop’s Pilloried Plagiarists

It’s the sincerest form of flattery, and it’s not going away, but imitation as a means of creation does not enjoy the acceptance it once did. What once was homage is now plagiarism. Guest Weekling Charlie Clissitt goes to bat for practitioners of the age-old art of looking over the shoulders of giants.




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Three Perfect Albums, Ten Years Later

Three career defining albums by three very different artists, reappraised ten years later.




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An Interview with D. Foy–Part 2

Part 2 of Kurt Baumeister’s discussion with author D. Foy wherein the topic turns to matters as diverse as Foy’s literary influences and a dog named Mrs. Roosevelt. And there’s an excerpt from Patricide!




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An Interview with D. Foy–Part 1

In Part 1 of their two-part conversation, D. Foy and Kurt Baumeister discuss time, fathers, religion, capitalism, the state of literary fiction, and D.’s bold new book, Patricide.




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We’ve Been Rooting for the Wrong Side in Zombie Wars

F.C. Brown Cloud posits that in America, only mythical violence commands respect




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Writing an Elegy for Ellicott City While Reading T.S. Eliot

It is the oldest story— one part of a town destroying the other, oblivious.




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What the Tumor Left Behind

Litsa Dremousis explores if unfettered optimism in the face of a few mutated cells is what ultimately ended her relationship.




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Mark Your Calendar: September 26 is When Trump Will Implode

At the debate, the real Donald Trump will appear. Sad!




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