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Only Dimes

Only Dimes

Short Fiction
Jim Meirose
I’ll tell you the story, Doc—I only want dimes. I like the way dimes feel in my hand and I like the way they look. There’s no reason to carry any other kind of coin. I can’t help it Doctor. I like dimes. Quarters are too big. They’re heavy in the hand. They’re big and they’re gross and I want nothing to do with them. Pennies aren’t worth anything. What can you buy with a penny but a one cent stamp? I’m hung up on money Doctor. All I can think about are coins. Nickels. Never thought much of nickels either. And dollars—just think, they used to make silver dollars, all heavy and gross. Nothing beats ...
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The Handmaid's Tale: A Timely Warning

The Handmaid’s Tale: A Timely Warning

Politics
Zack Breslin
The television show The Handmaid’s Tale is nearing the conclusion of its third season and while the show is perhaps not quite hitting the heights of earlier series it remains essential viewing. For those who haven’t seen it (don’t worry, you’ll find no spoilers here), The Handmaid’s Tale, based on the Margaret Atwood book of the same name, tells the story of the fictional theocratic state, Gilead, which has replaced a United States that has collapsed against the backdrop of political instability, declining fertility and environmental catastrophe. In Gilead, the state forces fertile women to become child-bearing slaves (Handmaids) to a Christian Fundamentalist elite. It is a dystopic society in which all the power is held by ...
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Reclaiming Solstice

Reclaiming Solstice

Poetry
Leah Mueller
You won’t take summer
from me again: my
heart a rolled-up carpet,
unwinding and exposed.
.
I have no choice but to bare
the debris. Some escapes,
pebbles underfoot.
.
Step on one, then another,
keep my eyes on the wall.
.
Every June, the vigil
and the bludgeon. July
fruit, rotten in the middle.
.
That urge towards warmth
pushes back. Part of me
continues to bloom,
fights for it, even ...
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Requiem for an Unmade Film

Requiem for an Unmade Film

Short Fiction
David King
You get a preview of what’s to come.
If you were alone, you’d be sitting in a tiny little Housing Commission flat in the Park Street Towers South Melbourne looking down over the street with some race caller gunning for vocal orgasm as an old dreck in an ex-Army greatcoat staggers down the street toward the traffic lights, and just as the caller hits the climax and some horse goes past the finish line and it’s all over again until next time folks, the old dreck reaches the lights and keels over.
Slow-ly.
And the traffic just keeps on going up and down the street with the old dreck lying there and the race caller gasping ...
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A Filmmaker Reflects on Cinema as Art

A Filmmaker Reflects on Cinema as Art

Culture
Mahum Jamal
Today I am in Berlin and meandered into two probing contemporary art exhibits. Actually, the first was a wealthy collector’s personal collection which, for me, did not do much except reflect on a history of powerful, wealthy families defining taste. The second was more my speed, an academic look at two artists at the KN Space for Art in Context. A labyrinth of open spaces webbed together in highly compelling geometry filled with video installations, each piece separated into open rooms, but still together given the unique exhibit architecture. Both artists, David Wojnarowicz and Reza Abdoh, use video to function as powerful statements. Reza Abdoh used film to capture his theatre: dramatic, and surreal. A man is ...
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Priti Patel’s Denial

Priti Patel’s Denial

Poetry
Kevin Higgins
“I just wanted to hear [them] deny it.”
Lyndon Baines Johnson
.
It is not true that at our meeting today
I forced the Foreign Secretary and
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster to bathe
in piping hot custard and gently
scrubbed their backs, bellies, balls
with my bristling, steel wire-brush
until they were strip-loin raw
and roaring to God
for me to stop.
.
The whole thing was their idea in the first place.
.
Nor do I make
the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
wear a gimp suit to all day
meetings, during which I only unzip the mouth
to feed it occasional morsels
of uranium washed chicken kebab
with my long hot ...
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Screamers and Crooners With Clint McClean #2 - Mr Vast Interview

Screamers and Crooners With Clint McClean #2 – Mr Vast Interview

Podcast
Scum Gentry Radio
In this episode Clint communes with the wonderfully weird and infinitely inventive music-and-performance artist Mister Vast. Topics of the day include fending off the coppers at festivals, arsing around on “serious” electronic labels, and riding the psylocibin waves of creative spontaneity.
Also featuring a selection of tracks from Vast’s eponymous solo project as well as his side-band, “Kroter” ...
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