What The Coronavirus Has Taught Me

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Content 21 + Please note that it should not be treated as medical advice. By now, and so indicative of the world we live in, the coronavirus has seized the public imagination more than anything since A.I.D.S and Charles Manson. It has ‘gone viral’ in ways that YouTube never dreamed of. It is, as the concerned media loves to call it now, a … Read the rest

That Raspberry Face

Content 18+ I can remember my undergraduate days more than a half century ago and sitting with friends until the wee hours having philosophical discussions about things like 'God'. The memory grows fuzzy, but it seems to me that we gave God at least a 50-50 chance of existing. Maybe, mixed in with the residue of an upbringing that took the reality of Heaven and Hell for granted, we were … Read the rest

Incorrigible Jokesters

Content 18+ I have just finished a splendid old book by the famous Czech author Milan Kundera called in English The Joke. Kundera is a master writer, of course, not a pamphleteer or agenda-pusher, and so when I say that I was much struck by the similarities between the characters in the novel and those of the 'postmodern' 'Woke' Society, I am not pushing an agenda either. 

    I mean to … Read the rest

Strangers in Paradise…or a Utopian Gestapo?

Content 18+ I have been reading a lot lately, but this is not uncommon for me. The best of it has been courtesy of a new correspondence (she's in America, I am in Bulgaria) -- from which a mutual level of understanding appears to have emerged. Cyber ‘friendships’ are tenuous at best, so for now let’s call it simply a ‘meeting of the minds.’  Part of our sharing has … Read the rest

How Can We Know the Popcorn from the Snowflakes

Content 18+ Emojis. Well, that’s something I hadn’t given much thought to until I happened to catch an article on MEDIUM which was more of an eye-opener than a Bloody Mary on a Sunday morning after a Saturday night black-out. (I am not speaking of an electricity failure.)

In fact, it wasn’t until recently that I even understood what an emoticon or an emoji was. Sounded like a bunch of … Read the rest

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Deal With It !)

Content 21+ Mercifully, I live in Europe so I am spared — aside from what I masochistically choose to read on the various sites — the usual avalanche of American nonsense about the Christmas Holidays — and yes, I continue to refer to them pointedly as such: The Christmas Holidays.

Thanksgiving has just finished and I feel safe in imagining that millions of American people celebrated joyously in the customary … Read the rest

Among School Children

Content 18 + (published as is, blog owner may have different opinion from the author; author expresses his philosophical opinion on the subject and has no intention on insulting anyone) As I was sitting around one early morning slurping down my second transfusion of coffee and draped by the still unfurled curtains of my ‘brown study’ — the birdsong of the Bulgarian village chattering away beyond my balcony — I … Read the rest

Why I Say No (Well, Sort Of) To Polyamory

Content 21 + (Explicit Content )(published as is, blog owner may have different opinion from the author) I learned a new word today, just when I thought I had the basic Medium vocabulary under control. The term is: Polyamory. One can haggle over exact nuance-based definitions but the simplest one is the one I googled: “the practice of engaging in multiple sexual relationships with the consent of all … Read the rest

Living The Dream

Content 18 + (published as is, blog owner may have different opinion from the author) I had flunked my degree at the University of Bath — a savage spectacle where all the students met to see their results, and I was the only El Floppo Cunto — and it was one of the most humiliating moments of my life. Moreover, I had brought Jackie with me up to the Uni … Read the rest

Lizard Brain (The Fanatic on Patrol)

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“The lizard brain stirred and a billion years later Reacher leaned forward an inch.”

Strange sentence, don’t you agree? Actually, I consider it one of the most compelling lines I can remember. (Maybe you will think I have a small memory bank?)

Actually it comes from a book by a very popular writer named Lee … Read the rest

Can I Wear Your Culture On My Face Please?

Content 18 + (published as is, blog owner may have different opinion from the author) One of the more absurd ideas that Politically Correct crackpots have come up with is what is called “Cultural Appropriation”. I have read some of this stuff on Medium, the first one having to do with how people decorate their homes. A lot of what I peruse produces in my mind the pleasant and … Read the rest

O Vapid Voyeur, Let’s Walk In The Rain

Content 21+ (published as is, blog owner may have different opinion from the author) One of my teenage Russian Skype students, a very bright young fellow named Maxim, is more or less obsessed with cars. Often at the weekends he visits the Moscow dealerships just to check them out. But his interest does not go the usual route of jargon-signifying chatter about what’s under the hood and snorting demands … Read the rest

How Much Hair Do You Want In Your Soup?

I sometimes wonder if eventually, we will arrive at a completely hairless civilization. I mean, think of all the cartoons and caricatures you’ve seen depicting the ‘advanced’ people of the future. Shrunken of body, their globular heads stand out like huge melons, which of course — like most melons — are completely bald. The idea is to suggest a vast intelligence throbbing inside the glimmering fruit.

Think of all the … Read the rest

The Shadowy Task Of Shedding The Mask

Content 21+ (explicit content) Sometime back in the day, I heard of a book (cynically) entitled “How to Pick Up a Feminist”. I thought it was funny. I had just come back from Europe and enrolled at FSU for yet another attempt at finally finishing off my doctoral program, and I was doing creative writing for my degree. (The ‘dissertation’ turned out to be a body of my own poetry.) … Read the rest

Two Saints: Paul and Augustine, 1967

Content 21+ It was my first plane ride, and the stewardesses had no choice but to be beautiful back in those days; it was part of the job. Even now, I can see the reason. It was to inspire confidence. Aviation was not as safe then as it supposedly is now. I have never looked at the statistics, but I do know — from my grandfather’s own account — that … Read the rest