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July 2007

Issue Highlights

Mugabe's Delusions and Goons, Longing for Mayberry, Stories of The Old Ebbit, Crystal Gail Mangum and the Politics of Rape and Race, The Secret Societies of Norman Ball, Severed Head Stories by Butler, By A Slow River, Lots of Cool Poetry, and more ... Read More


Slaying The Zimbabwe Dream
Like other tyrants, Mugabe creates threats to detract from the real problems, and if you don't agree, you're pulp on toast. Former White House correspondent, Alex Keto reports. Read More

Interview and Reviews

By a Slow River
"Any place that collides with the carnage of war cannot escape defilement. War permeates the novel, but ... the field of battle is the quiet locale of ordinary lives." Margot reviews Claudel's latest. Read More

Longing for Mayberry Days
"Because the situation in Iraq springs out of a consumer culture, I'll call it the first consumer war supported by a willfully stupid ignorance of the facts." Don T evolves from traffic tickets to Dick Cheney. Ya gotta love him. Read More

The City is a Rising Tide
"When we first meet Justine, she opens her narrative by describing the odd taste of indigenous eel cherished by her love and boss, the aloof and unsympathetic, Peter." Daniel reviews this debut novel by Rebecca Lee. Read More

Death to The Illuminati!
"Through alchemical sleight-of-hand drawn from the sublime well of arcane esoterica and held fast by a bent coat-hanger wedged in the doors of perception, the DnDers have managed to curve time and space to render truly startling and counter-intuitive outcomes." Norman Ball loves conspiracies. Read More

Head Loss by Bob Butler
"The journey that begins with a caveman's beheading by a saber-toothed tiger weaves into sixty other consciousnesses before ending with the author, Robert Olen Butler. The last monologue is of Butler himself being decapitated, "on the job", in 2008." Thank you, S.B. Sheikh Read More

Bring Down The Power?
Michael Gaynor leaves us with a final word on the politics of race and rape. Would Nifong have concealed exculpatory DNA evidence and lied to both the court and defense counsel if he was not playing the race card and banking on a black bloc vote to elect him? Read More

Squirt-and-Seep From Che
Gronk the new American Symbolism. "Though redolent of a naked lunch, secret language permeates as in the verse of Jean Genet, whose personal elusive symbolism befuddles the experts even today." A review of Che's new collection, Death Poems, by Mark Spritzer. Read More

Love Letter to The Old Ebbitt
"The most memorable altercation was more cat fight than bar brawl. Two women in their late 20s discovered that they were dating the same guy and attacked each other instead of him." Leslie Carbone drinks down memory lane. Read More

The Wizard of DisInfo Speaks
From the TP archives, the famous Erin Fried interview with Richard Metzger. We just can't get enough. Read More


Bush At War #17
by Mark Doten

The truth was his parents were crushing him and it was a good thing hed been transferred, it was be transferred or hed be destroyed. Nevertheless, he worried about socks ... Read More


Insult to Injury
by Ann Garvin

Speaking of asses, hers felt mighty drafty. Where was Doctor Dugan? And why did he think putting fuzzy socks on stirrups made for a comfy waiting-experience? Read More

The Blue Woman
by Tammy Wilson

She showed up at the store one day with some hedge clippers, cutting the legs off a rack of men's pants, snipping ties and hacking the arm off a male mannequin before the police arrived ... Read More

Communion (and poem)
by Chad Prevost

She steers with her thighs the wheel of your white Skylark, rolling jays of exotic weed from dealers she never lets you meet. The hiss-and-pop audio of Grateful Dead bootlegs reel into your dreams ... Read More

Just Another
by Krysta Scharlach

There's a girl that he sees sometimes, and he has a whole relationship with her in his head. She's different than the others, she smiles with a sweetness that melts his stutter away. ... Read More

Neanderthal (and more)
by MaryCarroll-Hackett

His insistence confirmed her belief that Neanderthals had not, in fact, vanished, but bred, bowed bone to long femur, coarse into fine, into any number of their taller sisters, homo sapienettes ... Read More

Canned Corn
by Karin Becker

Her blue eyes looked directly at the camera and she tilted her head to one side, showing off the mole by her mouth ... Read More



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