• Creative Works

    Into Dungeons Deep and Caverns Old

    Once in a while, I hear from somebody who has never read The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings. Maybe they saw the films and that was enough for them, or they couldn’t stomach the prose. This is indeed a sad thing. Looking back, I was at the time just a hobbit myself. My mother persuaded me to read The Hobbit when I was in the 6th or 7th grade (c. 1988). Having moved frequently, school to school, state to state, all I wanted to do was just hibernate in my bedroom. Every day of school was a day in Goblin Town. See David Foster Wallace’s “The Soul is…

  • Creative Works,  Satire,  Traveling

    How to Act Now Before Your Total Abnilisation (All major credit cards accepted!)

    A Note to the Reader: “How to Act Now Before Your Total Abnilisation” is a work of cosmic pseudepigraphy by American fabulist Matt Muller, significant for its experimental style and its reputation as one of the most difficult works of metafictional advertisement in the American language. Its first draft written in Chengdu, China over a period of 3 hours, and first published online minutes later, just 24 hours before it would be made to disappear from Chinese cyberspace. The entire work is written in a falsely eloquent language, consisting of a mélange of standard American and neologistic jargon, which many critics believe attempts to recreate a simulacrum of expertise and…