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Bucks Up — a short story

November 12, 2017

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    “Good to see you. It’s been too long. What you been up to?” He sipped his drink. “Oh, not much. Same old same old.” “Writing?” “A little. Mostly just enjoying retirement.” “Nice to be bucks up.” He shook his head. “I was up for a time, but I kinda burned through most of […]

The Raven — a spooky treat

October 29, 2017

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Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.” — Poe Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was an American author who is arguably among the greatest writers of horror fiction. He also invented the detective novel and helped usher in science fiction. And he wrote poems. Back in the day — long before radio, records, CDs, TV, the Internet, and streaming […]

Pagliacci

July 2, 2017

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Laugh, clown, so the crowd will cheer! Turn your distress and tears into jest, your pain and sobbing into a funny face. — Ruggero Leoncavallo Out of the blue, a friend played for me a famous piece of music, a tragic song about a man trapped in his own anguish. My friend felt deeply touched […]

Crack, Boom

November 8, 2015

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photos © Jim Hull It is well that war is so terrible, otherwise we should grow too fond of it. — Robert E. Lee There is something darkly enticing about guns. To men, at least. Something atavistic. The sharp report, the kick of the weapon, the sudden explosion of violent power across a distance. The […]

I Wanted to Be a Jedi Master, But…

January 23, 2014

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There’s a test you can take online where you answer a bunch of questions and then they tell you which “Star Wars” character you most resemble. I took the test. It asked questions like “What would you do if your friend got in trouble at a bar?” and you’d select from a set of multiple-choice […]

Interview with the Blogger

September 16, 2013

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Who is this “Jim Hull” guy, anyway? Well, for starters, your friendly blogger has some ebooks for sale all over the place, like at Amazon and Smashwords. At Smashwords, they offer a chance for authors to interview themselves. Tempted by this exercise in narcissism, I warmed nicely to the task, and here is what I came […]

“Avatar” and Racism

July 15, 2013

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When the film “Avatar” first opened, a lot of critics slammed it, claiming its plot amounted to liberal harping on racial insensitivities in American society. Then a distinguished journalist and science writer, Dr. Annalee Newitz, turned the tables on those reviewers by saying “Avatar” wasn’t liberal enough. In an online critique of the film, Dr. […]