–Arts and letters for the modern age–

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–Arts and Letters for the Modern Age–

An Ill-Fated Venture

An Ill-Fated Venture

“I gotta’ get out of here for the summer.”  Gene Lemon gave one more suck on his Newport menthol, before flicking it out of the window. “You know what I mean?” We were sitting in Gene’s car in the Roosevelt Field mall parking lot after our lunch shift at...

An Ill-Fated Venture

“I gotta’ get out of here for the summer.”  Gene Lemon gave one more suck on his Newport menthol, before flicking it out of the window. “You know what I mean?” We were sitting in Gene’s car in the Roosevelt Field mall parking lot after our lunch shift at...

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Commando

Commando

“So, what are you going to do?” It was 1987 and we were sitting in the TV room of the Alpha Tau Chi house at the University of Michigan. It was the third time Chris had asked me this. “I don’t know.” “What do you mean, you don’t know? Rush starts on Friday.” I’d been...

Commando

“So, what are you going to do?” It was 1987 and we were sitting in the TV room of the Alpha Tau Chi house at the University of Michigan. It was the third time Chris had asked me this. “I don’t know.” “What do you mean, you don’t know? Rush starts on Friday.” I’d been...

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The Terror 1 Trilogy

The Terror 1 Trilogy

From the Introduction to the newly released – and previously unpublished – Terror 1 Trilogy, by Ben Caldwell (New York, Bantam, 2023). Edited with an Introduction by Manny Huffman. Hunter S. Thompson’s first novel, The Rum Diary, remained unpublished for decades,...

The Terror 1 Trilogy

From the Introduction to the newly released – and previously unpublished – Terror 1 Trilogy, by Ben Caldwell (New York, Bantam, 2023). Edited with an Introduction by Manny Huffman. Hunter S. Thompson’s first novel, The Rum Diary, remained unpublished for decades,...

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LABYRINTH

LABYRINTH

First Iteration You are sitting in your Philosophy class, on a Tuesday afternoon.  The topic is John Locke’s theory of personal identity, according to which you are the same person that you were at some earlier point in time, if you can remember your conscious...