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Poems, episodes, fictions, travel to and from the fringe.



Last Build Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:12:20 PDT

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Earned Oxygen

Sun, 03 Jul 2016 17:13:11 PDT

Welcome. You are now passing into a HighO2 zone. Please pay the toll at the booth, or use your app to send $25 to the municipality. The sign did not bother to tell you that if you did not pay, you would be hunted down by a drone and you would be forced to pay or leave.  But, who would want to leave?  The HighO2 zones were lush zones of...

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A Perfect Walk on the Beach

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 08:58:54 PST

We sat on towels on the warm sand.  It was a small beach next to a traditional Mexican cemetery, hence the name "Playa de los Muertos." We read passages from José Ingenieros and asked each other questions: What does it mean to live your life in pursuit of the "ideal"? And, halfway into your quest, what if your concept of "ideal" changes...

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Tortuga Twilight

Tue, 29 Dec 2015 10:55:50 PST

The way the sun said goodbye every night, with a pale green explosion upon entering the liquid red of the Pacific west, made me aware that it ushered in the hour of magic. It was the hour when there was still light in the horizon, and yet you could still feel the starshine start to sparkle and the trembling of dreams just about to flood your head...

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A Post-Midsummer Night's Fire Dance

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 12:43:00 PDT

Shredded tissue.  Crumpled silk.  Clouds moving across the face of the moon shimmering as though already full. For audio, click here.  Warm breeze on my face, the rustle of leaves. Laughter.  A country band on the River Parks pavilion, festooned with small white Christmas lights, the only backdrop an American flag painted on...

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In the City Different: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 12:32:24 PDT

I'm not sure what to think of a place that seems so light-drenched and enchanting one day, then shadowed with mystery and history the next. It's not the first time this has happened to me in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  It seems to happen to me each time I visit, and it always takes me by surprise.   audio file here I Santa Fe, New...

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Miners, Burros, Disobedient Robots and Our Cortical Homunculus

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 03:19:55 PDT

We were at the end of the tourist part of the 17th-century silver mine in Guanajuato, Mexico, and the guide would not answer my question: “What kept the enslaved miners from simply running away?” I repeated it in a simpler way, spoke clearly and slowly to compensate for my accent and potentially odd usage. He still skirted the issue. A guy next...

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NAPE 2015: Euphoria in the Year of the Vulture

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 20:26:58 PST

Welcome to a Road Trip of the Mind, as you accompany me in a visit to the North American Prospect Expo (NAPE) 2015, which took place in Houston, TX  (February 9-10, 2015). NAPE 2015 in Houston, TXBackground: NAPE is the North American Prospect Expo, and it takes place the second week in February in Houston. Although the event is organized by...

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Fruit from the Tree

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:20:29 PDT

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Good-bye, Johnny Winter: Renaissance Angel and Texas Blues and Slide Guitar Genius

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 23:03:47 PDT

It was partly his music, but it was mainly that he looked like an angel with his pale blonde hair, his porcelain skin, and his light amber eyes. When he burst onto the rock and roll / blues scene in the early 1970s, John Dawson Winter III (Johnny Winter) often dressed in Renaissance-inflected loose, flowing shirts and shiny slacks along with...

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George Gissing's In the Year of Jubilee (1894): Mini-Lecture / Learning Object

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:10:10 PDT

Late Victorian writer George Gissing and his works are not well known, but they are emotionally gripping, psychologically realistic, and ultimately both destabilizing and reinforcing of how we come to understand the world around us vis-a-vis rapid cultural and technological change. To correct the fact that his works have slipped into invisibility,...

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Leper Farm

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:36:49 PST

Please listen here: https://soundcloud.com/beyondutopia/leper-farm-susan-smith-nash You may read the piece in Talisman: http://www.talismanmag.net/nash.html

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Sooner Swim Club

Mon, 30 Dec 2013 16:14:00 PST

All coaches quickly learned never to put my brother with me in the same lane. We would race each other and then try to pass each other, grabbing an ankle and pulling backward, or pushing down on the flat of the other’s back and swimming over. I was a competitive swimmer with all heart and no talent. My brother was a swimmer who was forced by my...

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Little Red Wagon

Fri, 27 Dec 2013 16:12:00 PST

My brother was back at our parents’ summer cabin in northern Vermont.  He was unable to walk on his leg after being in a terrible bicycle accident that resulted in the handlebar going through his knee. He was rushed to the Lancaster, New Hampshire hospital and spent two weeks there, in a semi-private room, shared by an older gentleman who...

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Bicycle Races

Mon, 23 Dec 2013 16:10:00 PST

Here’s the scene: Racing to bicycles the minute the final bell rings in grade school to jump on and pedal as hard as I could so I could beat my brother back to the house. “I have a head start! I’m going to beat you!” shouted Paul. Unfortunately, I knew this to be true. His classroom was nearest the bike racks. I had the further impediment of...

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Barbies and Army Men

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:07:00 PST

My brother and I both played with dolls.  Of course, he would not like to see it that way. After all, I had a very elaborate collection of finely wrought dolls garbed in mid-Victorian and American antebellum dresses which I arranged carefully in the window seat of my bedroom. I also had a collection of Troll Dolls, along with Barbie and...

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Lightning in the Clouds, Antique Golf Clubs, and the Whitey Bulger Trial

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 08:56:48 PST

I've been reading a lot of Wodehouse these days, and enjoy most of the works. They are amusing. I am in Tulsa watching lightning in the clouds. The other day, I caught a glimpse of my neighbor in Norman, the quadriplegic who was paralyzed after an accident at some sort of moto-cross race. I was worried he had died. I wonder if he got sort of...

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A Boy and His Dog

Sat, 14 Dec 2013 16:04:00 PST

Rex was the runt of the litter of black German Shepherd pups on a farm east of Norman that housed a clutch of screaming women and water moccasins under a rowboat. The screaming women turned out to be peacocks, but the water moccasin was indeed a venomous snake, only about a foot away from my hand as it flipped over the rowboat while I hoped for a...

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Scary Pet Zone

Mon, 09 Dec 2013 15:59:00 PST

Pets had a dismally poor life expectancy once they crossed the threshold into the house on the park-like three-quarter acre lot that adjoined the wilds of Imhoff Creek. One might wonder why we needed pets at all, given the number of “freedom pets” that lived around us. There were cardinals, robins, thrushes, sparrows, squirrels, opossums, rabbits,...

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Post- vs. Neo-Industrial Cities: Beijing

Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:00:01 PST

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P. G. Wodehouse's Heroes: The Perfect Courtier's Sprezzatura in A Damsel in Distress

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:52:00 PST

P. G. Wodehouse's A Damsel in Distress is one of my favorite Wodehouse novels. In it, the disenchanted and disheartened composer (for musical comedies) George Bevan has an encounter in London with Lady Maud, who is attempting a rendezvous with a man she has fallen head over heels in love with the useless Geoffrey Raymond, much to the...

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St. Patrick’s Day on the San Antonio Riverwalk

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:47:00 PST

The first thing you notice is that the water has been dyed a bright shamrock green. The next thing you notice is, after you take your eyes off the proliferation of strollers and women with lace-patterned tattoos peeking out of their low-cut “wife beater” tank tops, are guys stretched out in a prone position, their lace-tattooed significant others...

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Baudrillard’s Proxy: Disney and the Deterrence of the Production of Awareness

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 00:30:08 PST

Baudrillard says it is too simple to say that Disney is a simulacrum of our world. Disney – the idealized experience – gives us a way to deter the production of awareness. The deterrence of the production of awareness occurs in several ways: First, you’re able to focus on the appearance of things and the world of phenomena, rather than...

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Post-Postmodernism: Technocratic Cultures?

Mon, 25 Nov 2013 02:30:02 PST

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May Oil Rain Down on You!

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 01:30:01 PST

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College Football: The Hermit Crabs of Universities?

Mon, 18 Nov 2013 01:46:00 PST

Normal 0 0 1 1833 10452 87 20 12835 11.1539 0 0 0 After hearing, for the thousandth time or so, complaints that college football dwarfs the colleges it purports to represent, it occurred to me that it might be possible to characterize the large NCAA football teams as hermit crabs that have lodged themselves in shell...

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