The Question? [Short Story]

for Hamlet, My Brother, My Likeness; and for my special friend Oscar A man would certainly have to have a heart of stone, as Oscar had said, not to laugh at the Devil Himself in Hell. The fault of my fate--our fate? What fate? Whose? This fate, socially and politically, of course, is not in … Continue reading The Question? [Short Story]

A Short Neck Among Giraffes [A Short-short Story]

[A text is one that speaks to us, we have said. A text has something to say and all we have to do is listen. I also imagine that this is naive. This is a kind of passivity in the manner of interpreting? What is it that we hear when we listen to a text; … Continue reading A Short Neck Among Giraffes [A Short-short Story]

Faith and Belief [Essayistic Fiction]

Polemic is a mask to wear, as is critique of any kind, as is diatribe, tirade, letter to posterity, essay, personal, literary, critical . . . every essay is a work of fiction, one kind or another;things made, we understand, but also in the way all theories are in themselves fictional in more than one … Continue reading Faith and Belief [Essayistic Fiction]

Waiting for Myself (A Non-Utilitarian Reckoning by an Anonymous Reader Alone?) [Short Fiction]

I wear many masks. I have worn many. I will wear many, many more; I will have worn and re-worn uncountable many by the time I die. Who I am not as important as who I will have been? Remember Solon, my friends, if not, reexamine your Herodotus; it's early on. I It does not … Continue reading Waiting for Myself (A Non-Utilitarian Reckoning by an Anonymous Reader Alone?) [Short Fiction]

My Brother, My LIkeness [Flash Fiction]

Love of country cannot be equal to love of state; that is, no more than the public can ever entirely be the people. In the America I had been raised to love, the government was never your friend, and that was something I was taught by an ex-Marine father who was yet always faithful. He … Continue reading My Brother, My LIkeness [Flash Fiction]

Barnum and Obama [A Short-short Story ]

To tell or not to tell, what is this telling or this tolling, sum-totaling all our words we speak in creeping phrases until the last syllable of recording our story, our story is history, the history becomes other than dead in the telling, all tales told, all is tolled, herein now, the form of a … Continue reading Barnum and Obama [A Short-short Story ]

Constitutionality; A Polemical Short Story

Of course, sex is natural. Of course, it is normal. Of course, I have said this before, many times before, word following word on how we can raise sex and sexuality to where they belong in our minds, or debase them the way we do, representing them as we do, dis-understaanding them as we have. … Continue reading Constitutionality; A Polemical Short Story

Licenses to Gratify [Flash Fiction]

Love in a country where more than 50% of all marriages end in divorce, where a philosophy of individualism persists in degrading a person's self-awareness to the point where his only philosophical choice is solipsism, and where this remains our most fervent mysticism, love of anything, including freedom, but also humanity, could not help but … Continue reading Licenses to Gratify [Flash Fiction]

The Journal is the Journey [Flash Fiction]

What is a Literary Journal, anyway? I might ask, I should ask? I ask. How is this literary journal set to manage what it is supposed to be doing? Critically responding to the contemporary world we live in? What does that mean to say these pretentious things about how I should be considering what I … Continue reading The Journal is the Journey [Flash Fiction]

How You Have Learned to Ask Questions as a Way of Avoiding Answers

To Ask or Not to Ask To ask or not to ask--we have learned to ask questions as a means of not receiving an answer; we have learned to respond at times as a means to avoid answering. What is it we do when we ask? Is it the question to question? Asking and questioning … Continue reading How You Have Learned to Ask Questions as a Way of Avoiding Answers

Imperialism, Colonialism, Nationalism, Zionism [A Short-short Story]

It is not antisemitic to be anti-zionist, any more than it was anti-German to be anti-Nazis. Zionism does not have to be a right-wing politique, but it has become one. Zionism is not in itself Jewish; there are plenty of Christians, Protestant, Catholic, or Orthodox who are also Zionists; there are also plenty of Muslims … Continue reading Imperialism, Colonialism, Nationalism, Zionism [A Short-short Story]

Inference Drawn [Flash Fiction]

Progress is not an inference drawn from chronology alone. We can move through chronology, pass through the years from one to another without inferring anything like progress has happened. Do you think history is progressive, whatever history is? Do you believe in progress happening correlative to chronology passing? What is this thing time? Do we … Continue reading Inference Drawn [Flash Fiction]

Hypocrite Reader [Flash Fiction]

Can is able to, can is allowed to, can is know how to, and this has everything to do with what gets recorded. The history of DNA, for instance is not what was initially recorded or acknowledged by the Nobel committee, or passed down in other historiography, finding its way into textbooks and then taught … Continue reading Hypocrite Reader [Flash Fiction]

Part of a Preface [Flash Fiction]

A three page essay on Israel's place in the continuum of European colonialism and the fateful fall into imperialist politics, written by a political science student as part of the preface he is writing for his thesis. The essay was written independent of the thesis which has been completed. The Preface is currently being composed … Continue reading Part of a Preface [Flash Fiction]

Islam and Illiteracy? The Questions of a Polemicist [Short-short Fiction]

Is Islam in itself an impediment to democracy or is it the village mind of hundreds of millions of muslims living in third world poverty around the world, barely literate enough to read even Holy Qu'ran, let alone anything that would foster democratic thinking? We have to be better educated about history and more honest … Continue reading Islam and Illiteracy? The Questions of a Polemicist [Short-short Fiction]

New York, Spleen [Short-short Fiction]

Spleen. I vent my spleen in these books, the notebooks and journals I keep, have kept to a number of them in excess of twelve thousand pages of entries. Yes, listen my hypocrite readers, I could say, in the garden of my vanity, flowers of evil thrive . . . it’s not enough to say … Continue reading New York, Spleen [Short-short Fiction]

Longing for Actuality; Looking for Selfhood; a Dialectic

[Fiction] Who am I? I ask. I do, regularly? How often? How many times I have I could not count. A familiar refrain of mine, the inability to count how many times I have done something, read something, seen something heard . . . I do ask this question, how should I say? Now and … Continue reading Longing for Actuality; Looking for Selfhood; a Dialectic

Correctly Political [Flash Fiction]

I had been reminded one night by a Hasidic student of mine that stoning is still part of Jewish law, but that they cannot stone anyone in America. Perhaps this is the progressiveness we should be most proud of; however, we have always preferred ropes to rocks. Yes, rocks and ropes will harm me, but … Continue reading Correctly Political [Flash Fiction]

French Heideggerean Existentialist Philosophers [A Short-short Story]

The French were never freer than during the Nazis occupation, you said; or so you said this hypothesis had been presented by Jean Paul Sartre in his short essay, "The Republic of Silence,"which you read, you said, when you were taking a seminar in existentialism, I think it was, I think I remember, and it … Continue reading French Heideggerean Existentialist Philosophers [A Short-short Story]

Political Entropy [Short Story]

The Centers Will Not Hold. The kind of critique or commentary or exposition one needs to engage in a democratic society can only be accomplished effectively when literacy is raised above the levels we have come to accept as good enough, which I know are far from the mark. We are talking missing the target, … Continue reading Political Entropy [Short Story]

The Polemicist Speaks Again of the Media President and Politicking over Politics [Flash Fiction]

Why did it take the horror of Paris for Obama and other western leaders to raise the intensity of their military responses to ISIS? Do we not have the will? I see there has been no way, not really, for too long. You do see that the responses have ben raised in their intensity. I'm … Continue reading The Polemicist Speaks Again of the Media President and Politicking over Politics [Flash Fiction]

Letter from the Editor; or, Pro Choice is a Two Way Street [Flash Fiction]

Dear Reader, I have come to bury the idea that we should live in a society that cannot respect a woman's basic human right of choice. I have come to bury the notion that men have an appropriate bearing through legislation in curtailing a woman's right to choose, and not just abortion, but her sexuality … Continue reading Letter from the Editor; or, Pro Choice is a Two Way Street [Flash Fiction]

All of a Piece; the American Media and Reactionary Politics from the Middle East; Part Two

All media sell sets of values, they control perceptions by controlling the stream of images, by manipulating the ideas that are received through their organs. Control the organs of information and control the stream of images and the received ideas of the culture--anyone in control of the Media can control information and manipulate public opinion, … Continue reading All of a Piece; the American Media and Reactionary Politics from the Middle East; Part Two

Second Sex Still? (A Letter from Jane) [Flash Fiction]

Dear Chiara, I know you remember when you and I discussed at length just what a woman's position in this world is--and missionary position was culturally enforced only so women could be kept under men. But we must always remember that there was something Edgar Poe about abortion, something downright gothic horror, before Roe versus … Continue reading Second Sex Still? (A Letter from Jane) [Flash Fiction]

All of a Piece [A Short Story]

An angry young college student speaks of the American Media and Reactionary Politics in the Middle East. You will always know the names of the Israeli Soldiers who are killed while in Lebanon, but you will never know the names of the Palestinian children murdered by State sponsored terrorism at the hands of the Israeli … Continue reading All of a Piece [A Short Story]

Religious Freedom Does not Trump the Constitution [A Short Story]

"Sharia Law is the Enemy of Freedom and an Affront to the Holy Wisdom Herself" ---an imagined man speaks as he would speak in the minds of those who would imagine what this imaginary man would say when confronted with the imagined reality of Sharia Law On Holy Wisdom A diatribe set up against positions … Continue reading Religious Freedom Does not Trump the Constitution [A Short Story]

I Am We the People [Flash Fiction]

What I am socially, politically, could help you to understand more about me? It could help you to know something about what I think about my place in politics? in the political continuum that I understand American Democracy to be? Should there be more is not the issue; will there be more is also not … Continue reading I Am We the People [Flash Fiction]

Laughing at the Devil [Flash Fiction]

There is a transformation of the Freudian Es or Id as we like to say in English, preferring in this instance, Latin to either Freud's German or our own Anglo-Saxon. The Freudian Id is that It-monster that resides within me, yet apart from any of the mediating forces of my humanity. This monster breeder, the … Continue reading Laughing at the Devil [Flash Fiction]