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Friendship in Hanoi

Sapa

Humidity – thick and sticky like chewed caramel — enveloped me as I stepped off the bus. Summer in Southeast Asia was always unmercifully hot. Murky gray clouds covered the sky and deep puddles dotted the streets of Hanoi. Luckily a light breeze offset the humidity ensuring that I would be able to breathe.

By the time I checked into a hotel and dropped off my rucksack, dusk had settled over the city. It was... read more

Black Friday Shopping Guide for Rebels: Cheap and Free Special 2016

Black Friday shopping

Do you have the heart of a revolutionary and the sharp eye of a bargain-hunter? Do you have a Che Guevara t-shirt, but feel like a sell-out wearing it to the mall? Is it possible to score big on Black Friday without becoming a materialistic pig and betraying your vision of peace, love and understanding for the world?

Yes, friend. If you want ...read more

November 2016:
American Election Edition

ballot

Capricorn
(Dec 22- Jan 20)

While strolling through an empty playground, you will whimsically toss a pebble and jump through a game of hopscotch. As you bend over to pick up the stone, though, your hand goes right through the asphalt, and you suddenly find yourself tumbling through space and time in some kind of wormhole. Twisting and turning down an existential roller-coaster... read more

Time and Time Again
by H. Beam Piper

spitfire silhouette

First published in Astounding Science Fiction in April 1947, this Cold War era tale opens with Captain Allan Hartley realizing that he is dying. He’s suffered through an atomic bomb blast, though thanks to the narcotic injects from the medics, he’s in little pain. He hears one of the corpsmen exclaim, recognizing him as an author of several books... read more

Modern Love in the Age of Lead

coffee

My girlfriend and I never sleep together. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve occupied the same bed plenty of times. There is nobody I’d rather occupy a bed with. Lots of things two people can do in a bed. But we don’t sleep together. We tried once: fifteen excruciating minutes of odd arm-twisting and uncomfortable weight distribution and hair-in-the-mouth and too-loud nose-breathing, before she and I agreed that neither of us were... read more

Darkness, Light and the Primal Mother in the Modern World

Madonna

Was I so desperate to be loved? Was I so starved for the bonds of family that I would seek out captivity, and make myself a slave?

20 years ago, I quit my job as a phone psychic to go to America and marry a man I had met while travelling. My boss, the witch Kerry Kulkins, called me to say farewell. And, as witches are want to do, she said out of the blue, “It’s about time... read more

Mulla Nasruddin - 5

Früchtestilleben mit Sektkelch by Johann Wilhelm Preyer

Mulla Nasruddin lived far beyond his means, and his creditors were constantly hounding him. It had been going on for years, and after a while, the Mulla became so accustomed to it that it didn’t bother him anymore. He even began to enjoy the whole affair, and treated them with the highest grace and respect. One fine summer evening, a bill collector pounded on the door. “This is Mr. Smith again, Mulla!” he yelled ... read full story

When We Argue About Unraveling Glass

melting glaciers

You want panic? Let me show you/ the Maypole dance constructed/ underwater, where the tardigrades/ have resorted to glass instead/ of shotgun flames, the kind you love/ in old movies, in the older country./These outstretched songs are fierce,/ but not enough for you, singer, rock/ collector too good for lava stone, too/ whole for my cracked humming.

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Mapping the Multiverse: How Far to the Next Universe?

Flame Nebula

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe” (Lao Tzu). Trust in the universe. This is the best pasta in the universe! People mean different things when they say “universe.” What does “universe” really mean?

One common understanding is that the universe means the totality of existence—everything that stretches out from our own small eyes... read more

Simple Spells for Summer

Courtenay self potrait

My journey of a thousand miles actually began by sitting down.

I don’t remember a time before frantic. I am a blur between school and work, meals, miles and dishes. How many jobs, managers, phone calls? It would be so much easier if they could just plug me in to the matrix and be done with it. The mental effort required to adapt is exhausting. I have made smiling at strangers a habit, a warmer version of a nervous tick... read more

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