Month: February 2019

The Universal Baseball Association: a Review

Life is a series of disappointments. If I were designing one of those pessimistic memes posing ironically as an inspirational quote, I’d add a snappy modifying clause to my opening sentence to eclipse the glaring cliche; in this case, however, I mean exactly what I wrote. You never really get what you want, and there’s

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The Unreprinted: Mama by Ruby Jean Jensen

The Unreprinted: Mama by Ruby Jean Jensen by Zakary McGaha In today’s installment of Ben Arzate’s The Unreprinted, author Zakary McGaha takes a look at a buried treasure from the mind that gave us Baby Doll and Chain Letter. A lot of die hard pulp fiction aficionados are okay with the fact that a large

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Roulette: A James Bond Adventure by Jamie Mason – Book Review

by Ben Arzate The Soviet Union has set up a network of spies and terrorists in Canada code named Roulette. Their goals are to co-opt the Quebec separatist movement, commit acts of terrorism, steal Canadian military secrets, and infiltrate the United States. James Bond has been assigned to find and destroy the network. With the

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Muses of a Strange Land: An Interview with Rhys Hughes

Welcome to another addition to our growing list of author interviews. This discussion with Welsh writer Rhys Hughes is long overdue, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. As usual, feel encouraged to follow Mr. Hughes on his Amazon page. I’m certain you’ll find much to admire in his ever-growing oeuvre. 

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In Defense of Conspiracy Theorists

by Zakary McGaha Although I’m an accounting student I’ve taken, and passed, many college-level science courses, including two astronomy courses. If you’ve taken astronomy, you’re probably aware that physics plays a HEAVY part. Why am I pointing this out? Because, apparently, if you’ve taken science classes and have a knowledge of physics, you think “social

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The Importance of the Public Domain

by Ben Arzate When the United States entered 2019, several prominent works came into the public domain. Some of these include the films The Ten Commandments and Charlie Chaplin’s The Pilgrim, the books Jacobs Room by Virginia Woolf and New Hampshire by Robert Frost, the song “Charleston” by Cecil Mack and James P. Johnson, and

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You Dirty Rat! An Interview with Editor, Author, Musician, and Artist Ira Rat

by Ben Arzate Ira Rat is a fellow Iowan and a jack-of-all-trades in the arts. Here, I pick his brain to see what he’s all about. A quick disclaimer: I had a story published in his zine Fucked Up Stories to Tell in the Daytime and I’m very grateful he featured it. Ben Arzate: Let’s

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Amos Poe and Underground Cinema’s Latest Death Rattles

by Bob Freville Trying to get a film off the ground can be a particularly Sisyphean task and, as French philosopher Albert Camus once famously said, “You think I could bum a dollar or a smoke? C’mon, man, I’m good for it.” Making movies isn’t for the weak of resolve, but it may be for

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Kindle Crack: Ebook Deals on Titles by Borges, Lispector, Bernhard and More

Borges, for me, is the original master of weird lit. His work is consistently puzzling, dazzling, and befuddling, and you shouldn’t let the fact that you’ve heard at least one literary snob name-drop him discourage you from pursuing his work with impassioned fervor. Everything he pens is gold, and Labyrinths for three bucks is definitely

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Adventures in Modern Recording by the Buggles: An Underrated Gem

by Ben Arzate The Buggles are the quintessential “one hit wonder” band, to the point that they’re less recognized by their name and more by “the guys that did ‘Video Killed the Radio Star.’” Their biggest claim to fame is that their music video was the first one to air on MTV. However, they couldn’t

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