Author Archives: Allen

A Surfeit of Warnings

Lately (well, perhaps not that lately) (OK, maybe it was a couple months ago) (but still, there was a time) there have been more warnings than I ever intended. My apologies to one and all. And my apologies to the rest … Continue reading

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A Modest Proposal #17

If we open up the ear canals on the inside of the brainpan (removing the brain, of course), then the whole head can become a Helmholtz resonator and absorb from the collective cacophony at least the resonant frequency of the … Continue reading

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Prosthetic Gods

To whomever it was (a clandestine agglomeration of you, no doubt) who dropped off that funny yellow volume between my front doors: Yes, I do like prosthetic gods, as a concept, though I haven’t much enjoyed the book, and lately … Continue reading

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Text-ing

I throw a lot of text around, but nobody seems to “get” it. It seems to me that by now, with all this text activity I’m doing, just about all my text (or a goodly chunk of it) should be on … Continue reading

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At the Chigger Festival

There was a tiny trapeze, barely a quarter inch tall, with a swing hanging from cords so fine you couldn’t see them, and the nearly microscopic bar seemed to float in mid-air. A beautiful young female chigger in sequined leotard … Continue reading

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Response to Dr. Y about patient X.

Dear Dr. Y, As you know all too well by now, Mr. X is one dumb bunny. Need I say more? I can’t refuse: He has no friends, or even acquaintances. Even people using adjacent machines at the laudromat have … Continue reading

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Plot vs Story

[Updated Jan. 25, 2016.] Somehow the word ‘plot’ has become elevated above the word ‘story.’ Perhaps E. M. Forster is to blame, for his canonical, “the queen died, the king died” as a model ‘story,’ based on the assertion that … Continue reading

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Response to (X) regarding Dr. (Y)

My dear X, Dr. Y is an idiot. You have no friends, especially Dr. Y. The drugs were your only hope, but can only be tried once. Now that you’re off them, they cannot be restarted. The laughter is a sham. … Continue reading

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Dada Timeless Love Canto #40

If you ask me, there is a damn good chance that I will answer. So, knowing that, and knowing my personal concomitant, and without discorporate harcourt, enshrine to me your irrespective queries upon the Hellespont. Yes, go ahead. Yes. Head. … Continue reading

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One Small Step for -a- Man . . .

It’s interesting to take another look at the “one small step for [a] man” controversy. Obviously, Armstrong meant to say “for a man” to contrast with “one giant leap for Mankind.” But most people heard no “a” and despite Armstrong’s … Continue reading

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