Hymn Stories

By Christopher Zoukis The stone is red with polyps of purple.  Rough edges contrast with the polished, glass-like front where the name is engraved.  Above the name, floating surreally, two hands posed in prayer indicate that below lies a person of faith.  Below the name are the dates:  September 4, 1912 is the day of […]

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Where The Wild Things Are

By Christopher Zoukis The tale of a small, mischievous boy named Max, who wears a wolf’s costume as he chases the family dog with a fork, his subsequent banishment by his mother to his room, where, from the magic of his imagination, a wild forest appears and out from nowhere a boat emerges in which […]

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Nabokov (Part Two)

Then came Lolita. At the end of the story, Lolita is older, has a child of her own and is not lovable.  She is used up, ugly and hard.  Yet it is at this point that Humbert Humbert, the older man, falls truly in love with her, and comes to appreciate love for the wonderful […]

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Nabokov (Part One)

By Christopher Zoukis In one of the most beautiful places on earth, or at least in Europe, is one of the most beautiful ‘walks.’  Kind of like the boardwalk at Santa Barbara, California, or the cement sidewalk along Mission Beach near La Jolla, California.  Only much longer.  The ‘walk’ goes all the way from Villeneuve […]

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Semiotics: Trees

By Christopher Zoukis In The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein wrote:  “He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples.  And they would play hide-and-go-seek.  And when he was tired, he would sleep in her shade.  And the boy loved the tree … very much.  And the tree was happy.” The […]

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Rumpelstiltskin

By Christopher Zoukis Buried in the St. Matthaus Kirchhof Cemetery in Schoneberg, Berlin, next to each other, beneath two plain granite pillars which stand approximately three and a half feet tall, bracketed by tall oak and pine trees, with shrubs like skirts in front, and a row of ostentatious markers behind, lay the Brothers Grimm:  […]

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The Man Behind Dracula

By Christopher Zoukis His ashes sit in a white porcelain urn, which looks like a fat, Greek cookie jar.  There’s a silver hasp on each side to keep the lid on.  The urn, half-hidden in shadow, perches on a gray marble shelf.  The shelf is one of many such ‘niches’ in the columbarium, which is […]

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Interview with an Aphorist

Christopher Spranger aphorizes.  And he does it quite well.  In fact, he is the world’s greatest ‘living’ aphorist.  He lives and thinks and aphorizes[1] in Santa Barbara, California, a place where the weather is always perfect. A few of the more famous dead aphorists are E.M. Cioran, Joseph Joubert and Karl Krauss.  Christopher is their […]

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Book Review: Hard Time

Hard Time:  A Brit in America’s Toughest Jail By Shaun Attwood Mainstream Publishing 2010 ISBN:  1845966511 $16 Reviewed by Christopher Zoukis Most people are happily ignorant of the difference between the term ‘jail’ and ‘prison.’  And since you don’t learn the difference until after you’ve been arrested, ignorance is indeed bliss.  Jail is where prisoners […]

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