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In February of 2020, I was on the precipice of music stardom. I’d quit my job as a desk jockey working for the man, sold off all of grandmother’s best jewelry for amps and equipment, and spent almost every waking hour of the last year practicing in my garage with my bandmates Big Tee and Sharky. Together we’d formed an alt-rock band called “Talking To Your Uncle” that we thought was going to tilt the music industry on its very axis. We were pushing our chips to the center of the table and going all in. Nothing was going to…


Satire

It’s taking over our nation and I fear there might be irreparable damage for future generations.

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Cancel culture is taking over our nation and I fear there might be irreparable damage for future generations. Someone doesn’t like the same songs as you, canceled. Someone tweeted something vaguely offensive when they were 6th grade, canceled. Someone’s dad got braids on a cruise to Jamaica, the whole family is canceled. In some cases, cancel culture will take something or someone down for no apparent reason at all. Poof! Just like that, they no longer exist. And that’s what scares me the most.

For example, JNCO Jeans. I don’t know what they could have said or done, but I…


“This work is derivative.”

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For a graduate student, a workshop course is about as close it can get to the Gladiator battles of ancient Rome. When it comes to weapons, you won’t find any of the traditional swords or shields, but that doesn’t mean that pain won’t be inflicted upon a selected prey. Should you ever find yourself sitting in a creative writing course with your work up for discussion, let this guide serve as a means of translating what your peers actually mean as they critique your writing. But whatever you do, don’t cry. It’ll only make them stronger.

This work is derivative

As a student in…


The Homeric Question concerns the doubts and consequent debate over the identity of Homer, the authorship of the Iliad and the Odyssey and their historicity.” — Stefania Gianetto

Sitting across from Daniel, Dan, Selesky, he looks more like the kind of guy you might see purchasing a hot dog at a gas station than the author of two of the most famous works of all time. If his story is to be believed, and I for one think that it is, he’s just cemented himself as one of the most important people in the history of the nation? The World…


At last the two sides have arrived at an agreement. It’s about time! While I know that this package will only serve as bandaid for many Americans struggling to find work and make ends meet, I also recognize that any amount of financial aid helps. People are struggling out there and my heart goes out to them. On a more personal note, I’m excited because the new covid relief plan, specifically the stimulus check and the unemployment bonus, puts me one step closer to buying my own tropical island.

Members of the Republican party who favored a lower unemployment bonus…


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Bro-bro! How’s it going? Long time no see. Sorry I haven’t been able to connect lately; things have just been crazy with the success of the book. So many talk shows, podcast appearances, just press in general… it’s been nuts. And today, I found out that President Obama put My Big Brother: The Doofus on his year-end book list. Insane! There’s also been early talk of a potential Pulitzer, which is really humbling. All of my hard work is finally paying off, but don’t worry, I won’t leave my favorite and only big brother behind. Did you by chance read…


Call me Ishmael. Not Ishy, Ishman, Ishtar, or Whale Boy.

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Call me Ishmael. Not Ishy, Ishman, Ishtar, or Whale Boy. I hate Whale Boy. It’s such an oversimplification of the whole thing. Captain Ahab always tried to pull that shit and I was like, man, do you think it would be hard for me to come up with a nickname for you? Besides, if anyone was Whale Boy, it was him. He was way more obsessed with finding the whale than I was. “He’s Moby Dick. He’s my white whale. I must find him.” Yeah, okay, man. That whale has literally no idea who you are. It’s not personal, you…


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Much like Gatsby’s Nick Carraway, in my younger and more vulnerable years, I, too, was given advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have, boring middle-aged white guys used to say to me. While at the time I wasn’t entirely aware of the advantages bestowed upon these men i.e. going to college for the price of a gallon of milk and the promise of cushy retirement pensions once they turned 60, I took their advice seriously as I matured and did my best to put it…


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