Past Stories

High Culture

I discovered magic mushrooms about the same time the rest of the world did. The difference between me and the rest of the world was that I lived in a rural valley renowned for its picking. We had culinary as…


Sold Out?

Over the last ten years we in the U.S. have seen an endless series of political books, at first mostly from the Right, and finally–now that publishing houses have awoke to the fact that the Dems, liberals and progressives...


Atheist Offensive

…my parents had been mildly disappointed when I’d said I didn’t believe in God any more, but being an atheist was another thing altogether. —Julia Sweeney   They are the most reviled group in the country if...



Dink and Pootie’s Politics

Class war is a top-down affair with the poor taking almost all the casualties. That’s why it’s strange that the term is used—as a pejorative—mostly by those at the top. Challenge the accumulation of wealth or ca...


As Beauty Does

We all know the proverbial wisdom about beauty. It’s skin deep. It’s fleeting. It is what it does. Natsuo Kirino’s newly translated novel Grotesque confirms all these proverbs, and not prettily. It’s a d...


Back To the Future

We have seen the future, thanks to science fiction author Philip K. Dick, and it looks like the present . . . even when it’s set in the past. No, we don’t fly around it rocket-powered hovercraft, there are no…