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The Open – The Call – The Will – A Service – Benediction – Beasts, a story, Part One of Two – with some further clarification (The following is a work of satire. The people and events depicted, including those based on real people and events, are all entirely fictional.)

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Some of the events of the past few months have given me more hope than anything in the last four years; but the last four years and the past few months have all taught me, even though I have long considered myself a socialist, just how thoroughly and to what degree I’ve internalized some of the basic tenets of neo-liberalism. Notes for a Mythology, and all my work, really, charts an education. The first volume was conceived during the Bush years and written under Obama, and there is already a lot in it I would put very differently today.

If it isn’t clear yet (and if it isn’t, the fault is entirely mine), one major purpose of the second volume is to examine the cop and colonist in my own head. I don’t know how necessary this will be for anyone else to read, but every day it feels more and more necessary for me to write.

Next issue: 2021