And now Nabokov…

“For me a work of fiction exists only insofar as it affords me what I shall bluntly call aesthetic bliss, that is a sense of being somehow, somewhere, connected with other states of being where art (curiosity, tenderness, kindness, ecstasy) is the norm. There are not many such books. All the rest is either topical […]

Ortiz-Blythe (cut-up)

On the witness stand, Blythe recalled having sex with Ortega in his car on the night of Winchell’s murder.” During early 1980, Ricky Ortega, 19, and Randy Blythe, 17, were homosexual lovers. Blythe met Terri Lynn Winchell, 17, in 1980 and became her heterosexual lover. Winchell did not know about the homosexual relationship between Blythe […]

Cutting Edge

starting backwards. that puts me at the point where i’m reading online letters from kids who cut themselves and thinking ‘but is this masochism?’, i mean, masochism in the standard canonical, that is sexual, sense or is it something else, something completely different? i mean how do you interpret a passage like this: for me […]

You oughter be scared

what’s a coupla three months between pals? asks x, suddenly appearing in the room to the surprise of all and to the consternation of not a few. is that x? says a voice at the back of the crowd, x? x? i thought she was dead. that not me, our hero replies, it’s my daddy […]

Grand Guignol (fragment)

That boy he dead, he dead like a doornail, says my pal Jones, looking at the boy’s picture on the screen and shaking his head. He die for his country, for his country’s honor, he die for his uncle sammy. He die for his mommy an her apple pie. But he die screaming and making […]