Entries Tagged as 'September 2008'

The Practice Space: A Retrospective

October 7th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Ask an average group of twenty-somethings about the Ames music scene, and you’ll get a profusion of blank stares, followed by a long silence. Given a little more prompting, they might talk about our dearth of musical venues, the scarcity of all-ages shows, or the well-documented reluctance of promoters to book local bands. But if [...]

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Tags: 2008 · AP Issues · Cristóbal Matibag · Features · September 2008

Protests at the Republican National Convention

October 7th, 2008 · No Comments

In the final week of August 2004 in New York City, thousands gathered in Union Square to protest the Republican National Convention – the site of George W. Bush’s re-nomination – and their discontent over the president’s war in Iraq. The decidedly less-than-warm welcome resulted in the arrests of 1,806 people, a number unparalleled in [...]

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Tags: AP Issues · Gavin Aronsen · Nate Logsdon · September 2008 · Under the Radar

Midway (Part I)

October 7th, 2008 · 3 Comments

The House of Freaks was quite a letdown, let me tell you. The exterior was a big mural featuring all sorts of fantastical freaks, like a bearded lady who looked to weigh about 400 pounds and a lizard-headed man lifting a giant barbell with his forked tongue. The other three walls were unpainted plywood, held [...]

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Tags: 2008 · Ames Progressive Classics · AP Issues · Colette Ryder-Hall · Fiction · September 2008

John McCain Embraces Change (Of Personality)

October 7th, 2008 · No Comments

The terms for the 2008 presidential election have been set: Barack Obama sets the agenda, determines the themes and introduces the vocabulary and John McCain responds by awkwardly and disingenuously parroting Obama’s agenda, themes and vocabulary. The most obvious and desperate example of this is the McCain campaign’s adoption of the “change” theme in the [...]

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Tags: 2008 · AP Issues · Editorials · September 2008

Response to Ryan Gerdes’ Essay, “Competing Views of Media Bias in the Coverage of the Isreali-Palestinian Conflict”

October 7th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Ryan Gerdes’ essay was originally published in issue 2.6. Read it here. The Israeli-Palestinian war is a strange conflict: it inspires people to assume positions of impassioned and often radical advocacy, to make strident accusations and judgments, in spite of colossal ignorance. While defying most of the familiar paradigms of conflict and oppression, it is [...]

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Tags: 2008 · AP Issues · Letters to the Editor · September 2008

Someday, You’ll Understand

October 7th, 2008 · No Comments

They always told me that some day I would understand. That seemed to be the only response to any religious inquiry my young mouth could ask, as though that was the only answer my young mind could comprehend. That someday the sun would shine down upon my shadowy doubt and the small buds of curiosity [...]

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Tags: 2008 · AP Issues · Nonfiction · September 2008

Shorts

October 7th, 2008 · No Comments

“a short play” There is a man and a woman sitting in a living room. The man is on one couch and the woman is on a separate couch. The man: (repeatedly pointing and clicking the remote) Fuck—why won’t this thing work? The woman: (painting her toenails) What won’t work? The man: (tapping the remote [...]

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Tags: 2008 · AP Issues · Fiction · September 2008

Bee/After Los Angeles

October 4th, 2008 · No Comments

  bee love is a honeybee passing and becoming all things between us                       After Los Angeles (April 10, 1964 — for Glenn Gould’s piano) Under absent hands, keys grow cold and the world’s softest hammers cease inside of a black, wooden coffin as the [...]

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Tags: 2008 · AP Issues · Poetry · September 2008

Punish the Sidewalk

October 4th, 2008 · No Comments

I measured his toes against the segments of my fingers in those first few days just brushing the bottoms of his feet made him jerk away, ticklish now those toes are open and wounded I’ve carried him home cleaned and calmed my gut tells me to tear out every brick in the city punish the [...]

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Tags: 2008 · AP Issues · Poetry · September 2008

The MeatTree

October 4th, 2008 · 2 Comments

We were halfway between Des Moines and St Louis, low on gas, out of smokes, far into the pangs of delirium tremens, hopped up on powders that give nose bleeds, cringing at every ray of sunlight and birdsong, sucking down carbonated, caffeinated beverages in order to prop open those heavy eyelids when I noticed that [...]

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Tags: 2008 · Ames Progressive Classics · AP Issues · Poetry · September 2008