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Dreaming of the Eastern Clan – cua

Dreaming of the Eastern Clan – cua

Song of the Week
15/10/19
A dark invitation to a waltz through the aching tunnels of the heart—with hip notes of Americana speakeasy swing and raucous gypsy jazz—Dreaming of the Eastern Clan by three-piece multi-instrumentalists cua is a perfect introduction to the deliciously syncretic approach to world folk music the band term their “Atlantean” Style ...
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Review: The Origins of Totalitarianism

Review: The Origins of Totalitarianism

Miscellaneous
Luke Murphy
It was a sign of the speed at which events were moving that Hannah Arendt’s 1951 ‘The Origins of Totalitarianism’ was remembered, republished and sold-out so soon after the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States and the referendum to leave the European Union in the United Kingdom. It is now three years on from both events, and I assume everyone who went online to buy it has completed the 600 pages that would be so much more if it wasn’t for the tiny font of its exhaustive footnotes ...
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Will There Ever Be "Art TV"?

Will There Ever Be “Art TV”?

Culture
Rob Hutton
FX’s sci-fi drama Legion concluded its three-season run recently. It was one of the most improbable shows on television: a superhero franchise tie-in, run by Fargo creator Noah Hawley, that very quickly turned into an experimental and surreal work about the nature of consciousness. Its final season included musical numbers, narrative told through still frames, an episode-long trans-temporal fairy tale, time demons, a scene from a completely different show spliced in, and a whole lot of subtitles. Nobody really cared ...
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My Own Worst Enemy

My Own Worst Enemy

Short Fiction
Jenny Butler
The unmistakable stench of death drew the flies. The contrast was striking, black fly bodies swarming around light pink plastic rollers in a mass of bloodied hair. Blowflies laid their eggs in the woman’s eyes and mouth in the limited fly-knowledge that these moist places are the best and one needs to get in and lay one’s eggs before the corpse desiccates. Some of them got in four minutes after the point of death, not from the smell but from watching from nooks and cracks in the walls, aware of the bloating and the dried-sweat salt on the too-warm skin. When the blood-containing foam started to leak from the nose, all local flies were abroad, even ...
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Fear and Trembling

Fear and Trembling

Short Fiction
Jonah Howell
After a long struggle which left small red indentations in most of the fingers on his right hand, Abe wrenched the keyring from the pocket of his Wranglers, shook out some unidentifiable dust and stray tobacco shavings, untangled the floppy rubber dog’s ears from the ring proper, paused under a wash of guilty pride upon seeing his toddler’s gift, and embarked upon the infinitely more strenuous task of setting his one decrepit key into its lock, his second-least-favorite activity, on account of the myriad infinitesimal bends and cracks where the hexagonal butt of the key attached to the shaft—products of improvisational bottle-opening—the sight of which never failed to fray his already threadbare nerves with the possibility, ...
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SHINDO!

SHINDO!

Music Video
Mash-Up/Ambient
Bac Soi Bros
SHINDO! a moviemashup by the BacSoiBros, music by Farabi ...
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What Comes After Trump Might be Worse

What Comes After Trump Might be Worse

Politics
Francis Taylor
There was a time when people regarded George W. Bush as the worst president in U.S. history.
Surely, we thought, this was the nadir of American politics. A droopy-eyed warmonger who dragged his country into one of the worst foreign policy disasters of the 21st century. An administration that spied on its citizens and tortured prisoners in detention camps. A presidency so disliked by the public that it ended with one of the lowest approval ratings ever recorded.
Then Obama entered the scene. And the previous near-decade of political turmoil seemed like a bad dream. Here was a real leader—eloquent and dignified. Never mind that he expanded the surveillance state and bombed Libya without congressional approval. Pundits ...
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Empties

Empties

Poetry
James Diaz
a summons
from the crows
across town
the lonely
lean into quiet
walk two-step hollow
into the fading light
misfortune motel
and everyone knows
this is how it goes
for them too
you wake up one day
not at all like how
you thought you’d be
huddled around a prayer
you can’t quite bring yourself to mutter
and so you don’t ...
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