Along with every man, woman and cocker spaniel being bandied around as possible contenders for the 2020 presidential election, one very familiar name is on lips once again: Hillary Clinton. The case against yet another Clinton candidacy is obvious: she’s tried and failed several times, she’s a legacy of the old Democrats, a party marred by a lack of general wokeness trying, albeit ham-fistedly, to reinvent itself. Hillary also generated the kind of attacks and confected loathing that few other candidates ever managed. I’m still going to support another Clinton run. Not because I think she’s necessarily the best candidate […]
Stan Lee has 121 acting credits on IMDB, which is impressive for someone who never was an actor. Throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as the X-Men and Spider-Man franchises, he was always there. The Astonished Man With Hose. The Bus Driver. The Museum Guard. The Old Guy Yelling Out The Window. But his greatest cameo, in my opinion, is one that young fans of the MCU probably have no idea of: playing himself in 1995’s Mallrats. In this unforgettable scene, the comic book king offers sage life advice to Jason Lee (no relation), who quizzes him relentlessly about […]
Each time I meet my supervisors to discuss my thesis, they tell me to take more out. You can’t write about that, they say. You don’t have room for that other thing. Narrow down, simplify. Obedient, or perhaps just worn down by the whole PhD process, I do. But from time to time they also tell me: stop reading. Go deep, not broad. You’ve read enough. That, I cannot obey. Because it’s in the nature of reading for one thing to lead to another; to start at A and end up at goldfish or the history of cricket. Because, for […]
In early July, graphic images of a huge, pale blue blotch-patterned baleen whale being butchered on a flensing deck in Iceland went viral globally on news and social media sites. The death of this 80-feet-long leviathan, with the distinct appearance of a blue whale, by Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf, caused immediate and heated furore over this modern-day hunt. If we were to explain this brutality to a twenty-first century child, it would be an unusual predicament and a distressing blight on our humanity and even a terrifying indication of our own plight. How did we become so short-sighted and why are […]
A primer on non-binary actualities and individualism Down Under In the early 1990s, ‘transgender’ was repurposed by various groups of transsexuals in the US to basically include anyone whose gender expression was non-conforming with society’s expectations. —b. binaohan, decolonizing trans/gender 101 I sat in a courtyard talking with a friend, a heater crackling somewhere to our upper right, the flame stark against my cheek. The chatter before it was otherwise mundane, but it was there, in a split second of revelation amid the same conversation, that the tiny breakthrough suddenly came: ‘Masculinity is so much more rigid,’ she offered. ‘There […]
When you step into the grey boat it bows to the applauding waves and nods to those retreating and then it settles on its stage, poised to break into another round of curtain calls as the wind from the south hurls petals of spray. There are clouds flexing high and grinding so much sleet out of the air—it sparks against your face and tries to fill the boat like a great bowl of water, to be drunk by the ever-thirsty sea. Your mother is wasting in her bed. Her skin is a poor, bedraggled blanket covering her body and her […]
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you won’t write what’s recorded in written history? and you believe you’ll only focus on things completely forgotten? yeh, I suppose a thread of sun, hang ing on an eyelash a word that came out of a rice-filled mouth all the drops of rain that rushed into the ear in that, forgotten, instant everything born the second they die Ouyang Yu writes in English and Chinese and to date has published 100 books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, literary criticism and literary translation in both languages. His website is www.otherlandpublishing.com.