The Art of Tetman Callis

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The gleanings

August 14th, 2011 · No Comments

“We have been outsourcing our intelligence, and our humanity, to machines for centuries.  They have long been faster, bigger, tougher, more deadly.  Now they are much quicker at calculation and infinitely more adept at memory than we have ever been.  And so now we decide that memory and calculation are not really part of mind.  […]

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Tags: Adam Gopnik · Economics · Lit & Crit

Epistemology

August 13th, 2011 · No Comments

“Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Pickles and Fries” is the result of taking a handful of ideas languishing in the workshop, mixing them together to see how they might fit, and making a prose bracelet out of them.  It was published in The Writing Disorder on New Year’s Eve last year. Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Previously Published Stories · Words

Enchanted

August 12th, 2011 · No Comments

“We played host to mysterious distinguished strangers and lost ourselves in conjectures in our desire to penetrate their disguises.  In the evenings everyone gathered in the great hall, where, by flickering candlelight, we listened to one tale or revelation after another.  There were times when the plot spun through these stories jumped out of the […]

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Give life an inch, it’ll take a whole planet

August 11th, 2011 · No Comments

“The town lives under the sign of the Weed, of wild, avid, fanatical plant life bursting out in cheap, coarse greenery–toxic, rank, parasitic.  That greenery grows under the sun’s conjury, the maws of the leaves suck in seething chlorophyll; armies of nettles, rampant, voracious, devour the flower plantings, break into the gardens, spread over the […]

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Probated

August 10th, 2011 · No Comments

“The honor of parents is a fair and noble treasure to their posterity, but to have the use of a treasure of wealth and honor, and to leave none to your successors, because you have neither money nor reputation of your own, is alike base and dishonorable.” — Plato, Menexenus (trans. Jowett) Share this… Facebook […]

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Tags: Economics · Plato · Politics & Law · The Ancients

We’ll meet tomorrow and form a committee

August 9th, 2011 · No Comments

“The king who does not deal with the concerns of his kingdom in person and on time, verily he, those concerns, and even his kingdom get ruined.” — Valmiki Ramayana, Aranyakanda Sarga 33 Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · The Ancients · Valmiki Ramayana

Narcissoid void

August 8th, 2011 · No Comments

“What do I look like?  Sometimes I see myself in the mirror.  A strange, ridiculous, and painful thing!  I am ashamed to admit it: I never look at myself full face.  Somewhat deeper, somewhat farther away I stand inside the mirror a little off center, slightly in profile, thoughtful and glancing sideways.  Our looks have […]

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Touch-up paints are available in most common colors

August 6th, 2011 · No Comments

Usually, once I’ve published a piece, I make no more modifications to it.  This is a rule I abide by strictly except for those occasions when I choose to break it. This week I’m posting “Karen and the Dropout,” a story published in 2010 in White Whale Review.  Prior to publication, Randi Shapiro, the fiction […]

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Self-contained as a nut

August 5th, 2011 · 2 Comments

“He whose happiness rests with himself, if possible, wholly, and if not, as far as possible, who is not hanging in suspense on other men, or changing with the vicissitude of their fortune, has his life ordered for the best.” — Plato, Menexenus (trans. Jowett) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Plato · The Ancients

With a clarifying effect

August 4th, 2011 · No Comments

“The truth, for all its power, is merciless.” — from “A Murder Foretold,” by David Grann Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

A plea for good posture

August 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

“It’s better to die standing up than live on your knees.” — Alexey Navalny (from “Net Impact,” by Julia Ioffe) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Politics & Law · Verandah

Traveling lightly

August 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

“No poet or prose man can take down to posterity a baggage wagon of his works, and he is lucky if he can save enough to fill a saddle-bag.” — Brander Matthews, The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, Vol. XVI, Ch. 23 Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Lit & Crit · The Cambridge History of English and American Literature

It’s still summer here, but soon…

August 1st, 2011 · 2 Comments

“At last came the season of autumnal winds.  On its first day, early in the morning, the sky became yellow and modeled itself against that background in dirty gray lines of imaginary landscapes, of great misty wastes, receding in an eastward direction into a perspective of diminishing hills and folds, more numerous as they became […]

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A plea for suffering

July 31st, 2011 · 4 Comments

“You’re abandoning a lot of ideas when you are too into comfort.” — Christian Louboutin (from “Sole Mate,” by Lauren Collins) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Verandah

Goes well with a salad

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments

“Casserole Man” was a story I wrote in the mid-90s.  It took me the rest of that decade to get it right, and once I had, it was published in the now-defunct Chiron Review.  That would have been around the same time (spring of 2002) I met the woman I’m now married to–or, to whom […]

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The enduring

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments

“Countries may fall, but their rivers and mountains remain.  When spring comes to the ruined castle, the grass is green again.” — Basho (from “Aftershocks,” by Evan Osnos) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Verandah

It rained here early this morning

July 29th, 2011 · No Comments

“Girls and young women return from the market.  Some have serious and regular eyebrows and walk looking sternly from under them, slim and glum–angels with basketfuls of vegetables and meat.  Sometimes they stop in front of shops and look at their reflections in the shop window.  Then they walk away turning their heads, casting a […]

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Felis nocturnis

July 28th, 2011 · 3 Comments

“Everyone is stuck within himself, within the day to which he wakes up, the hour which belongs to him, or the moment.  Somewhere in the semidarkness of a kitchen coffee is brewing, the cook is not there, the dirty glare of a flame dances on the floor.  Time deceived by silence flows backward for a […]

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At the sound of the chime, it will be now

July 27th, 2011 · No Comments

“We all know that time, this undisciplined element, holds itself within bounds but precariously, thanks to unceasing cultivation, meticulous care, and a continuous regulation and correction of its excesses.  Free of this vigilance, it immediately begins to do tricks, run wild, play irresponsible practical jokes, and indulge in crazy clowning.” – Bruno Schulz, Sanatorium Under the […]

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On the road to nowhere

July 26th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Colorado is one of the places where God kissed Mother Earth.  Susanne and I spent the past few days there, in and around the Conejos River valley. When we arrived at our lodge, the first thing management wanted us to know was that a bear had been through the compound the night before, thoroughly inspecting […]

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Tags: Other Stuff · Politics & Law · Verandah

No one ever gets it right

July 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

“Parenting is hard.  As any one who has gone through the process and had enough leisure (and still functioning brain cells) to reflect on it knows, a lot of it is a crapshoot.  Things go wrong that you have no control over, and, on occasion, things also go right, and you have no control over […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

Bearing witness

July 21st, 2011 · 6 Comments

“Suffering that is limitless, suffering that is stubbornly enclosed within the circle of its own mania, suffering to the point of distraction, of self-mutilation, becomes in the end unbearable for the helpless witnesses of misfortune.” – Bruno Schulz, Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass (trans. Wieniewska) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Falling

July 20th, 2011 · No Comments

“Autumn is a great touring show, poetically deceptive, an enormous purple-skinned onion disclosing ever new panoramas under each of its skins.  No center can ever be reached.  Behind each wing that is moved and stored away new and radiant scenes open up, true and alive for a moment, until you realize that they are made […]

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Something you can always count on

July 19th, 2011 · No Comments

“Regimes change, as do customs and cathedrals, but crimes are ever the same.  And envy, the prime though oft-forgotten mover of crime, doesn’t fade away but grows ever blacker.” — Ismail Kadare, The Successor (trans. Papavrami & Bellos) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

Morning is broken

July 18th, 2011 · No Comments

As a house that is solidly built ultimately falls into decay, so too are people subject to age and death. The night that has passed  does not return, and the bountiful river flows on. The passing days and nights quickly consume the lifetimes of every living thing, just as in the summer the rays of […]

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Tags: The Ancients · Valmiki Ramayana

Reveille

July 17th, 2011 · No Comments

“Who knows the length of time when night lowers the curtain on what is happening in its depth?  That short interval is enough, however, to shift the scenery, to liquidate the great enterprise of the night and all its dark fantastic pomp.  You wake up frightened, with the feeling of having overslept, and you see […]

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The three-and-a-half-inch floppy

July 16th, 2011 · 2 Comments

This week I’m posting “Saved” to the Stories menu of this blog.  It’s a story I wrote in the late 90s and was never quite happy with.  I wrote it in first-person and sent it out, it got rejected, that’s okay, I rewrote it in third-person.  I sent it out in third-person, it got rejected, […]

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Aestivus estivus recidivus

July 15th, 2011 · No Comments

“A night in July!  The secret fluid of dusk, the living, watchful, and mobile matter of darkness, ceaselessly shaping something out of chaos and immediately rejecting every shape.  Black timber out of which caves, vaults, nooks, and niches along the path of a sleepy wanderer are constructed.  Like an insistent talker, the night accompanies a […]

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Not only that, they spent all the money, too

July 14th, 2011 · 2 Comments

“The US government’s disregard for human rights in fighting terrorism in the years following the September 11, 2001 attacks diminished the US’ moral standing, set a negative example for other governments, and undermined US government efforts to reduce anti-American militancy around the world.  In particular, the CIA’s use of torture, enforced disappearance, and secret prisons […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · Verandah

Aestivus estivus

July 13th, 2011 · 4 Comments

“A night in July!  What can be likened to it?  How can one describe it?  Shall I compare it to the core of an enormous black rose, covering us with the dreams of hundreds of velvety petals?  The night winds blow open its fluffy center, and in its scented depth we can see the stars […]

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