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Summer 2018 Judgement themed issue of Monnologging.org
“I remember my horror when I first discovered that every declarative thought is in fact a judgement. Words are daggers, or they are boxes, and I suppose we all envy the child who simply won’t color within the lines. Why are we so desperate to sort our reality and establish hierarchies of value? Why can’t the world be governed by accident? Why can’t innocence reign eternal?” -Jeffrey F. Barken
Story by Mark Salzwedel
“Seeforyuex comes to a rest between the two rose-colored tiles on the kitchen floor where it knows it can access the tray, cup, water, and medications without needing to inefficiently reposition itself. It has learned that these particular coordinates save an average of 8.5 seconds and 1.8 joules of energy over centering itself at each of three locations.”
Film reviewed by Roger Market
“One moment, Dianna is the sweet newcomer to the trio, playing somewhere in the space between shy and self-assured, and the next, she’s releasing all her inhibitions, belting out a song in her native Italian from the roof of an empty building.”
Essay by Andrea “Red” Barnes
“Boats, ferries, the life aquatic was for me after all. If I stayed in New York with the fear I would never have discovered this. Break on through. It was all stellar and all groovy but nothing could prepare my mind or heart or psyche for Ischia and rabbit culture.”
Reporting by Sarah Chaneles
“The conventional concept of “a man in a dress” barely begins to cover the concept of drag; to truly explore this vibrant world, you have to include hyper drag, bio kings and queens, genderfuck performers, and those in between and around. In drag, labels are questioned, bent, and broken.”
Essay by Lee Matthew Goldberg
“I was twelve when Twin Peaks debuted on network television, a show that in no way would ever be on network television now (hence the reboot on Showtime). And even though I was instantly transfixed, I had no idea how much I’d be influenced by the series and its creator David Lynch, and how much of my writing throughout the years would attempt to do what an unconventional masterpiece like Twin Peaks does best.”
Story by N.I. Mahmoud
“He didn’t recognize me. They never did. I didn’t look like girls with names like Claire, Linda or Jane, girls with sleek ponytails and bubblegum lipstick—dark skin, frizzy hair and off-brand corduroys, I was never going to be that girl.”
Poetry by GM Palmer
“A verse novel about five teenagers in the 90s, told in five poetic styles by five narrators. The eye of this hurricane of 90s nostalgia spins on two questions: “who tells themselves the truth?” and “can you get away with murder?”
Essay by Katelyn Brunner
“Supposedly AA starts the same way.
‘Hi, I’m Katie. Or Katelyn, but I’d like Katie more for here. Everyone at work calls me Katelyn.’
There’s an intro, then you move on to the secret shame:
‘I’ve had epilepsy since I was sixteen. Well, I was diagnosed when I was sixteen.'”
Fiction by Kimberly B. Richardson
“Miriam noticed several colorful posters hanging in the coffee shop and thought of when she and Peter tried to put up a poster of Picasso’s The Blue Guitarist in their bedroom. The print kept falling down. She blinked and the memory dissolved into her latte.”
Story by Gary Zeiss
“I rode with Jesus the other day. Ten glorious, spirit-filled miles. They were fun-filled, too. Yes, I was touched by the son of God himself, and sitting in the back seat of his 2014 Blue Passat (7EAD313), I felt as if I were being whisked away from all my cares.”
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