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Riding the Dirty Dog: A Love Song to the Greyhound Underworld-VICE print-Scammers Issue

Raising a Stink About Spreading Sewage Sludge-Al Jazeera America, in Partnership with the Nation Investigative Fund

The New Roma Ghettos: Slovakia's Ongoing Segregation Nightmare-VICE

Essay on Peter Dimock and "George Anderson: Notes for a Love Song in Imperial Time"-The American Reader

The Czechs of Montauk-VICE

Protestant Work Ethic-The American Reader

Only the Good Die Young-Vice--November 2012

Death of The American Hobo-Vice October 2012

Dispatch from the Democratic National Convention-Vice

Ryszard Kapuscinski: A Life by Artur Domoslawski-Bookforum online

Chumbawamba's Long Voyage-Jacobin Magazine

Life Cage: Some Notes On the Millennials-Vice

Meet My Grandpa: A Visit to Elkin, NC-Vice

Interview with Chris R. Morgan, publisher of Biopsy Magazine-Vice

Outdoor Bookstore-Independent Weekly

Slacker at Twenty-n + 1 Film Review

10 Best New Restaurants--Raleigh, NC Ashley Christensen Mini-Empire-GQ Magazine 2012

Peeling Oniontown-Vice

Body-Checked By a Beep-Utne Reader

Pre-Occupy--Notes on Zucotti Park -The Smart Set

What Constitutes Terrorism?-Indy Weekly (RDU)

Flower Cutter- They Magazine #3

Dispatch from a Dying Borders- Bookforum

Young People (fiction)- Elimae

The Book of Job-n + 1

The Armory Show-Idiom Magazine

Interview with Luc Sante-The Rumpus

It's Morning In Griftopia: An Interview with Matt Taibbi- GQ

Steve Albini Interview on The Future of Radio and Why He Wants GQ To Fail- GQ

TEN DAWNS(Fiction)- Evergreen Review

Sauntering Down the Tracks (Cuban Trains Travel Piece) - Newsweek

Why Christopher Hitchens Doesn't Matter- The Rumpus

Chinatown's Long Tendrils: Bargain Buses Reach the Mississippi-The New York Observer

Cometbus #52: The Spirit of St. Louis--Essay/Review-The Rumpus

Vive Le Tarnac 9! The French Tradition of Brainy Sabotage Lives On-VICE Magazine, April 2010

Corporate Court Acting in Secret, Citizens Locked Out-Alternet

One Night in Christania- N + 1

The Social Networking Job-Truthout.org

Jason Diamond reviews 'Unemployment' The Rumpus

Among the Believers - Nonfiction The Abu Dhabi Review

Postcard from Cairo, IL- TIME Magazine

Interview with Sam Mcpheeters(Born Against) on Economic Collapse- Vol 1. Brooklyn

The Maw - Fiction- Epilogue Magazine

Warm Womb-Fiction-3:AM Magazine

Kim - Fiction- Epilogue Magazine

Judith Malina and the Anarchist Provo - Evergreen Review 2009

NYU Occupation Media Round-up- Arthur Magazine 2009

Shoe Heard Round the World - Truthout December 2008

Spruced Up, but some prefer Scruffy - New York Times October 2008

Interview with Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie - Brooklyn Rail October 2008

Thursday, April 5, 2012

THE MANDARINS IN LEBANON











“There’s one thing that you must realize, “ he said heatedly, “ and that is that acceptance is always a matter of choice, love always a matter of preference. If you wait until you meet absolute perfection before getting involved, you’ll never love anyone and never do anything.”
--The Mandarins, Simone de Beauvoir


“An abandoned funeral parlor,” he said. “ It’s full of ghosts: the little whore, the madwoman, the pickpocket—all those people I’ll never see again. They won’t come out there. I like the house in Parker very much, but it’s too sensible. Here….”
“Here there was a sort of magic, “ I said.
“Magic? I don’t know. But at least people dropped in, things happened.”
-The Mandarins



“Traveling, running around the world to see with your own eyes what no longer exists, what doesn’t concern you, is indeed a dubious pastime. Lewis and I
both agreed about that, but nevertheless, it didn’t stop us from enjoying ourselves enormously.”
-The Mandarins




“But perhaps if he had loved her more, she would have become more open, more expansive, more agreeable. It was a vicious circle: love can’t be served up to order, nor can confidence. Neither one could come first.”
-The Mandarins



“To live!” He thought as she turned on her heels and walked briskly away. “To them that always means only one thing: to spend your time with them. But there’s more than one way to living!”
--The Mandarins



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