White Light

White Light by Justin Maurer White light, white light goin’ messin’ up my mind White light, and don’t you know its gonna make me go blind White heat, aww white heat it tickle me down to my toes White light, ooo have mercy white light have it goodness knows -Velvet Underground, “White Light/White Heat” Most people like ghost stories, but I don’t. They scare me. I don’t like to think about ghosts or demons because I know they are real. […]

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The Zinophile: Narratives of the Past and the Present

As New York’s all-too-briefspring begins to transform into summer, aided and abetted by an abundance of humidity, I’ve opted for the only logical response, and made with the reading of zines. That seems to fit, right? This particular edition of the column will focus on two: one collection of poetry, and one issue that includes an host of prose and poetry centered around a particular topic.

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Sunday Stories: Insanity & the Russian Doll Conundrum

  Insanity & the Russian Doll Conundrum An excerpt from Doctor, I Don’t Wanna Be Crazy Anymore by Justin Maurer Good afternoon, Doctor, nice to see you too.  How am I doing?  Well, last night I watched the film American Psycho with my girlfriend and it really got me into a rut.  Why?  Well, first off, the screenplay seemed smug.  I could tell that the film was based on the book, and actually I’m sure the book is alright, but […]

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Untitled, by Justin Maurer

Last month, after finding a last-minute cheap flight to the states, our favorite expat, Justin Maurer made it up to the Vol. 1 stage, and told this story about his distaste for doing readings. I hate giving readings. It is one of the most uncomfortable, embarrassing, and awkward moments for me as a person, a human bug living in an ant farm of six billion writhing maggots. That’s not really how I feel about humanity. I love people. The last […]

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Vol. 1 Story Series: June, 2009

Great moments in summer vacation history: 1. Around 1070 A.D. William the Conqueror institutes a summer break for all courts of law 2. In one year between 1982-1983, The Go-Go’s release the hit single “Vacation” and Clark Griswold goes takes the family to see the U.S. in “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” 3. June 19th, 2009 Chris Leo (writer/musician in The Van Pelt) Tom Shillue (comedian) Tobias Carroll (writer) Maggie Serota (freelance writer/A.V Club) Justin Maurer (Writer/singer in The Clorox Girls) Isaac […]

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Something Useful by Justin Maurer

This morning I awoke with my girlfriend Minnie, both of us hung over beyond belief. She was off to Sheffield for work, and I had to drive a bright blue Ford Transit minibus with a broken window on the left sliding door to a place called Snaresbrook, a suburb of East London. I took the tube with Minnie and I disembarked at my transfer point, kissing her goodbye. Twenty minutes later I was in the southern borough of Lambeth. “English, […]

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