Jul/Aug 2015

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h u m o r  &  s a t i r e

Humor and Satire

The Uberdog: a Lecture

Naturalism is a term you'll need to know for the exam, so I'll say a few words about it quickly. Naturalism is a philosophy of fiction that attempts to dramatize the Darwinian principle of the survival of the fittest. Essentially, what Naturalism amounts to is this: the world is big; we are small. In the laboratory of the Naturalistic fictional enterprise, characters are little ants who will be squashed by a cosmos wearing enormously big boots: all life forms will have their brains bashed out by the inexorable laws of physics, and that's that. C'est tout!

Mark Crimmins


Side Effects (A Haibun)

Well, no way was I going to do yoga, so I tried this mantra I found on the Internet. I got comfortable on the couch where I watch TV, and started in following the instructions—you have to breathe just so and empty your mind. The emptying the mind was easy for me. And the breathing seemed to come second nature. All was going great, I was more relaxed than I had ever been before. Then I felt a bump on the top of my head, as if someone had placed a book on it.

Terry Ofner


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