The End of Creative Titles

Perhaps you’re not convinced that there’s a veritable The End of X pandemic afoot, so I’ll furnish some more examples. There’s The End of War, The End of Poverty, Is This The End of Cigarettes?, and The End of Death, which all seem terrific—consistent with human progress and all that. Is This The End of the Republican Party In America?, The End of the Smartphone Era Is Coming, The End of Sleep, and The End of Magic strike me as a little more ambiguous, while The End of Newspapers, The End of Fossil Fuel, and The End of Love sound downright disagreeable. 

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In Fact

Fiction - One time, upon getting out of the shower before she got home, he stared down to his dangling genitals and became fascinated with the long and complex relationship he had had with his penis. Did everyone feel this intimate with their sexual apparatuses. When she arrived home, he hugged her so that he could still look into the mirror. He found it so odd and wonderful how everything fit together. He pulled off her shirt and they made love.

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Poet Spotlight: Corey Mesler

Poetry: COREY MESLER has published in numerous journals and anthologies. He has published 8 novels, 4 full length poetry collections, and 3 books of short stories. He has also published a dozen chapbooks of both poetry and prose. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize numerous times, and two of his poems were chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. His fiction has received praise from John Grisham, Robert Olen Butler, Lee Smith, Frederick Barthelme, Greil Marcus, among others. With his wife, he runs Burke’s Book Store in Memphis TN. He can be found at www.coreymesler.wordpress.com.

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Male Victimhood & Sexual Assault

This article will not be a yet another defense of the Greek system by a white, male fraternity brother attempting to abdicate responsibility for campus issues. Nor will it claim that men are just as often victims of sexual assault as women (they aren’t). I only want to point out one thing: men get raped too, and focusing dialogue on “fraternity rape culture” perpetuates ill-conceived notions regarding the nature of sexual assault as involving physical force or the threat of physical force as opposed to various other forms of coercive power.

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Shigeru Ban

Kobe suffered nearly 7,000 casualties due to falling buildings and rampant fires.  Ban’s response was to build a temporary church for the community to remedy the dearth of hope and community wrought by the earthquake.  Many people were dubious of Ban’s choice of building material, paper, after having seen their city in flames, but the final product calmed those in doubt. 

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The Best Bun In the Solar System

I’ve lived in Beijing twice, once for four weeks and once for ten. Once was in high school, when I was sixteen, and once when I was in college, when I was nineteen. The first time I lived with a Chinese family, and the second I lived in dorms with my college friends. My homestay family woke me up at 7:00 AM some mornings to play badminton and my college roommate woke me up at 8:00 AM every morning with an alarm clock that played a cello rendition of Beethoven’s Fur Elise. I like badminton and Beethoven a lot less now.

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