Tuesday, April 30, 2024


Purgatory is Florida. Or is it hell? Striptease by Carl Hiaasen and Harry Crews's Karate is a Thing of the Spirit  both take place in Florida. Publix is Limbo, the First Circle. Hot August day crossing Acheron, Christmas trinket concession on Military decaying high-rises and pensioners on Collins Avenue, Miami. The stink of spoiled meat left on the counter of retiree who unsuccessfully dashed across the median to get a potato,  solitary stripper on stage at club in back of Palm Beach International airport, shaded by lone Palm. Florida is a holding cell. Prete a porter...or prone. You can't have hell or purgatory without Paradise. Imagine a world without pleasure or temptation! Desire is but the beginning of suffering. You'll know you've achieved Buddha mind, when there's nothing left to relax about.

read the review of The Kafka Studies Department in Booklife (PW)

and listen to "Putting the Damage On" by Tori Amos

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