Friday, May 24, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
Oh boy, don’t miss out on this!
These 50-word stories are based on “found” texts from mainstream news sources and other public sites. Jaffe sculpts them to reveal their inner core, all niceties stripped away. Now the true motives, fears and sins of our age are on display for all who care to see.
Amidst an internet-driven content boom, meaning has virtually disappeared. Anti-Twitter’s extreme brevity demonstrates by example that brief need not = dumbed-down. Though the stories describe a wide arc: high and pop culture, intimate and public, sordid and exalted, all subjects are equally laid bare by Jaffe’s incisive stratagems.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
HOW I BECAME AN IDIOT by Francisque Sarcey (Alphonse Allais)
Translated and with an introduction & annotations by Doug Skinner
Absurdist Texts & Documents – Interim Edition No. 00
“Francisque Sarcey (1827-1899) was, for much of his career, the most powerful theatrical critic in Paris. He was the perfect model of the blunt bourgeois, championing common sense, anti-intellectualism, and traditional values. He favored light, commercial fare, and railed against Ibsen and Jarry.
He was, predictably, a prime target for young artists. Alphonse Allais took the ridicule to new heights: from 1886 to 1893, he wrote a regular column for Le Chat Noir, which he simply signed as Francisque Sarcey. The pseudo-Sarcey became a grotesque caricature of the smug middle class, a sort of proto-Ubu: an obese, gluttonous, lecherous, hypocritical dolt, prattling on about his constipation and hemorrhoids, in loosely-knit sentences studded with clichés.”—Doug Skinner
HOW I BECAME AN IDIOT includes four of Allais’s nastiest columns,
Limited Edition of 60 copies. perfect-bound. $12.50
Don’t be an idiot, order your copy right here.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Washington (CNN) -- In an unprecedented action, an Air Force commander has stripped 17 of his officers of their authority to control and launch nuclear missiles.
The 17 are being sent to undergo 60 to 90 days of intensive refresher training on how to do their jobs. The action comes after their unit performed poorly on an inspection and one officer was investigated for potential compromise of nuclear launch codes, according to Lt. Col. John Dorrian, an Air Force spokesman.
The story was first reported by The Associated Press.
The action was taken by the deputy commander of the 91st Operations Group, Lt. Col. Jay Folds, whose officers run launch control centers for the Minuteman III nuclear missiles from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.
What, Me Worried?
Read HOT HEART OF BOAR before it’s too late.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Where the newly single like to mingle.
Name: Katherine R.
Location: Boston area
Religion: Muslum [sic]
Hobbies: shoplifting; jihad
Mother-in-law’s Hobbies: shoplifting; jihad
Pet Peeves: “Guys who ask the same questions over and over again.”
Likes: “Quiet evenings by the fireworks; pressure-cooked meals; Russian dressing; running.
Ideal Mate: “A Chechnyan with a sense of humor.”