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Archive for October, 2007

Meghan Elizabeth Hunt

Quite Simply, Halloween

October 31st, 2007
by Meghan Elizabeth Hunt

COLUMBIA, MARYLAND-

I have always loved Halloween.

There are the visuals: monster movies, baskets of brightly colored candy bars, costumes that amaze, (more…)


Rich Ferguson

Celebrating Día de los Muertos: Hollywood Forever Cemetery Style…

October 31st, 2007
by Rich Ferguson

By Rich Ferguson 

LOS ANGELES, CA-

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Generally, the Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated mainly in Mexico and Mexican immigrant communities here in the U.S.

Officially, it occurs on November 1 (All Saints’ Day) and November 2 (All Souls’ Day).

Though some consider the holiday depressing, the mood is actually much brighter, with a strong emphasis placed on honoring the lives of the dead, and celebrating their continuation of life in the afterlife.

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John Box

Here’s A Timely Halloween Piece

October 30th, 2007
by John Box

OTAKO, JAPAN-

So yesterday was Halloween and therefore our chance to give the kiddies a taste of authentic American culture.

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Litsa Dremousis

Halloween, 1993

October 30th, 2007
by Litsa Dremousis

SEATTLE, WA-

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“I think I’m going to have a seizure!” Ken yelled.

He was inside of me and I laughed. We’d known each other since college and our decade-long flirtation had combusted at a Halloween party earlier that night. We were having sex for the fourth time in six hours and I assumed he was kidding.

When he began violently jerking up and down, I realized this wasn’t mere flattery. Suppressing an urge to freak out, I rolled him onto his back, reached for the phone and called 911.

“911. What’s your emergency?” the dispatcher asked.

“My friend’s having a seizure,” I responded, simultaneously moving a pillow between Ken’s head and the wall.

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Kaytie M. Lee

Not the Hallowiener Picnic! No!, Or, How the Fires Finally Affected Me in the Most Disappointing Way

October 30th, 2007
by Kaytie M. Lee

SAN DIEGO, CA-

The fires are mostly out, the air has mostly cleared, the city of San Diego is returning to a new normal.

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Jen Burke

These Were Summers: A Meditation, Part 2

October 29th, 2007
by Jen Burke

PHILADELPHIA, PA-

Body memories ooze through pores. I once resisted the feelings. Not anymore.

I let my body relive the moment, whether it’s getting goosebumps, letting my shoulders slump, or tightening every muscle in my belly. I think of the place, and there I am, again, in that moment . . .

Richmond: where things shook under my fingers and led to uncertain paths

The Chevy becomes an extension of my body. The steering wheel isn’t something external to me. It’s the outgrowth of my hands and my handle on sanity.

I need to be in the driver’s seat. My Chevy is the only place where I actually am.

This is therapy. Or escapism. Same thing at this point.

I flounder in two part-time jobs.

My elbows grow calluses from leaning for hours on desks and counter tops while I work.

It is possible I am not a happy person.

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Jordan E. Rosenfeld

We Are What Our Ancestors Ate

October 29th, 2007
by Jordan E. Rosenfeld

SAN FRANCISCO, CA-

 

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The world is on fire (at least part of it) and as if in harmony with flames, the moon was orange last night. (more…)


Reno J. Romero

Charlotte: Eating Hot Dogs in the Land of Billy Elvis

October 29th, 2007
by Reno J. Romero

CHARLOTTE, NC-

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It had been a while since I’d been to “Uptown” Charlotte. Part of Charlotte’s big-brain marketing is calling downtown “Uptown.”

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Rebecca Adler

Sometimes I Feel Like My Life In Paris is Like Being Stuck In a Comic Strip

October 28th, 2007
by Rebecca Adler

PARIS, FRANCE-

I was pulled over by the French police today.

I suppose it was only a matter of time before it happened.

Every time I see the police here I actually physically cringe because I’m so afraid of them.

But this morning I didn’t see them. I didn’t know they were there.

I also didn’t know I’d done anything wrong. (more…)


Litsa Dremousis

“I’m Not Going to be Happy Until Every Human Being on the Planet has Read Something I’ve Written

October 28th, 2007
by Litsa Dremousis

SEATTLE, WA-

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Two years ago I interviewed Sherman Alexie for the second time. The interview was going to be a centerpiece of a theme issue for a magazine that I had written for a number of times before. The editors decided to scrap said theme and the interview hung in limbo for nine months before the managing editor killed it.

I’ve interviewed dozens of individuals from Wanda Sykes to Ron Jeremy and Alexie remains among my favorites, both because his art impacts my life and because he is boundlessly intelligent. He sends my mom the sweetest thank you notes when she sends him baklava, plus, he is the only person who’s ever had the balls to write her and say, “Could you please send more?”

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Jen Burke

Of Dennis Hof, Deborah Palfrey, HBO, and Mainstreaming Sex: A Chat with Amanda Brooks

October 27th, 2007
by Jen Burke

PHILADELPHIA, PA-

Welcome to the first installment of my first interview on TheNervousBreakdown.com.

I was inspired by Kaytie M. Lee’s interview of NOMAD, the graffiti artist, and by B. Francis Smith’s interview of David Breithaupt, Kurt Vonnegut’s pen pal.

I wanted to post an interview, but I had no idea whom to interview . . . until I thought about what has consistently interested me the most: the intersection of sexuality, law and culture.

In fact, all facets of sex and sexuality have interested me as long as I can remember. In the early ’80s, my folks let me take Dr. Ruth’s books from the library, something that other young grammar-school children weren’t doing.

Throughout three academic degrees, this intersection has regularly been my focus: mating and dating rituals, gender identity, sexual harassment laws, pornography regulation, obscenity laws, feminism, polyamory, rights for same-sex couples, sex work, and plenty more.

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Lance Reynald

Did Dante Ever Mention Representation or Did I Sleep Through That Part of the Lecture

October 26th, 2007
by Lance Reynald

LAFAYETTE, CO-

Anxiety attacks.

Mild depression.

Manic spells.

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Greg Boose

Kind of Like When You’re in an Empty Movie Theater and Some Big Dude With a Sniffling Cold Decides to Sit Right Next to You

October 25th, 2007
by Greg Boose

CHICAGO, IL -

The other night I was at my favorite coffee shop with my favorite girl, Claire.

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Todd Zuniga

Putting the Opium in Europe

October 25th, 2007
by Todd Zuniga

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

When I started Opium Magazine in February 2001 I had no idea. Didn’t know HTML, had only a tiny handful of friend’s who wrote where I lived (Chicago), and decided to create the site and run it for one year. I thought of it as fun, a fun thing to do.

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Jennifer Duffield White

A Girl’s Guide to Avoiding Housework, Aging, and Fear of Boredom

October 24th, 2007
by Jennifer Duffield White

SARANAC LAKE, NY-

You buy a house. Alone.

You paint your living room. Alone.

One Saturday in October, you force yourself to drive to the hardware store, buy a sander, a pry bar, a carpet knife, a nail set, three kinds of sandpaper, and a can of finish. (more…)


Kaytie M. Lee

The Helpful and the Not-So-Helpful During the San Diego Fire

October 24th, 2007
by Kaytie M. Lee

SAN DIEGO, CA-

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The sun sets over Lindbergh Field on Oct. 23, 2007.

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Kaytie M. Lee

And Things Have Gone from Bad to Much, Much Worse in the San Diego Fires

October 23rd, 2007
by Kaytie M. Lee

SAN DIEGO, CA-

Those few little fires I wrote about on Sunday night have multiplied and grown and ravaged somewhere over 300 square miles of land and over 1000 homes throughout Southern California.

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Kaytie M. Lee

When the Horizon Turns from Clear to Sfumato, I’ve Learned I Should Crank Up the Air Purifier So As to Avoid Sore Throats and Red, Itchy Eyes

October 21st, 2007
by Kaytie M. Lee

SAN DIEGO, CA-

This was the view out my window Sunday:

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The Coronado Bridge, rising from the two towers to the new Hard Rock Café Hotel Condo building, usually sits in the middle of that image.

The bridge is still there, I just couldn’t see it through smoke thick enough to make my eyes burn and my throat raw.

That’s right, Southern California is burning again. (more…)


Rich Ferguson

What’s All This Fuss About Uranus…Or Is It Your Anus?

October 18th, 2007
by Rich Ferguson

By Rich Ferguson 

LOS ANGELES, CA-

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The word Uranus.

Here are a few things I know about it.

First, it’s a noun.

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Brad Listi

I Think the Guy in the Middle is Most Likely to Break Shit & Challenge God to a Fight

October 18th, 2007
by Brad Listi

LOS ANGELES, CA-

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Not too long ago my wife and I were walking across the street at night and there was a photo on the ground.

I picked it up and kept walking.

The photo had been torn in half.

Part of it had been dropped in the road.

I looked at the photo in the glow of the streetlights and kept walking.

“What is it?” said my wife.

“It’s a couple of guys,” I said.

“What are they doing?” she said. (more…)