Category Archives: nonfiction

Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike part 2 (1989-2000)

Despite a serious lack of sex appeal, the turnpike’s online history is almost as interesting as its physical history. The post I wrote in 2009 had by 2016 become completely defunct– the pictures were outdated and of poor quality relative to what iphones upload by the million to Instagram; half my links were dead; excellent writers made better posts than I had on the same material; and the internet just works better now. At rewriting, the most interesting thing I can share about my experience with the turnpike is witnessing the decline of the tunnel as relayed by exponentially improving technology. Continue reading

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Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike Part 1

Before the asphalt was even poured, the turnpike was born of abandonment. Today the tunnels are in a precarious situation– caught between conservation efforts and financial realities, and merit more than the casual interest of road trippers. Continue reading

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Doña Marina: Ghost of Summer Betrayals

Dona Marina goes by many names, some of them more respectful than others. Spanish soldiers had her renamed during a presumably forced baptized along with some other twenty young women in preparation for distribution to Cortes’s captains. Her Christian name became “Marina,” a common Spanish name at the time. Under her Christian name, following her delivery to Cortes, Malinche participated in the capture of Aztec city Tenochtitlan culminating during the summer of 1531. Continue reading

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Baxter Avenue Train Station

Though it was built in 1937, by the time I got there, and hadn’t seen passenger service in many decades. The line runs through past the stockyards and at some point it might have been used for livestock or killing floor escapees had holed up there; the rooms still smelled strongly of pigs. I didn’t know it at the time, but I must have passed through the negro waiting room and the ticket office. Continue reading

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Hello out there Isle of Man reader!

Another new country! Somebody out there from Isle of Man checked in, probably after a relaxing Sunday spent playing a game of cammag with friends. Thank you reader for giving me a two for one day in terms of geographic … Continue reading

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Snow fleas telemores and aspenglow

It’s Fall now, Colorado had its first blizzard and I got to wear a cardigan for a minute this morning. We just got over a relatively mild summer here, but I was all set with wintry literature just in case … Continue reading

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Hemlock Grove and Misogyny

One major criticism of Hemlock Grove is its apparent misogyny. Feminism and feminists are repeatedly derided. A teenager dies in childbirth. Young, sexually active women die right and left. Disposable women all over. A major character rapes an acquaintance on … Continue reading

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