Night And Day (Ночь И День)

Life has become better, comrades. Life has become more cheerful.  Joseph Stalin In the old days under Stalin they’d arrest you in the midnight hours of indifference, throw you into a concrete room lit by a bare bulb where questions … Continued

Pass the Rant

The Rant received an email from God. The subject line informed us that Jesus Smoked Weed. The gist was the Lord wanted us to go thou and do likewise. So many questions. First, doesn’t God seem like more of an … Continued

mercy

I.   we are born on death row in monroeville hope valley, the south side of chi   the contents of our character: civil wars that makes us sick. head, heart, memory   cancerous cages of our own & others … Continued

Rant Queries

The Rant wonders if we could just rename the iPhone the Narcissism Machine. The slo-motion selfie, or slofie, as Apple insists you say as they desperately work to trademark the term, brings self-absorption to dizzying new levels. Hailed as utter … Continued

Cowboy Blue Meets the Oracle in Craighead Caverns

  Introduction: In my mind, there’s only one comparison to Cowboy Blue Crawford: Roland of Gilead from The Dark Tower series. They both share a wayward quest shot full with grey morals and mythical characters. The difference: Blue’s journey is … Continued

Rant Squared

The Rant has often proclaimed our appreciation for music all along the edges, from indie rock to Americana to D’Angelo’s abs, we mean his neo soul brown sugar. The Rant can hang with almost any hipster music crowd. But when … Continued

The Wisdom of Sword & Shadow

  Introduction: Apollo Boudreaux opened the rice paper parasol, his slender fingers running the length of the bamboo handle.  The quick flourish was not unlike a magician’s gesture, his trick bringing the pretty thing to life—a tumble of cherry blossoms … Continued

Back Inventory Rant

The Rant apologizes for the long absence; we’ve been waiting in line for a Popeye’s chicken sandwich. Imagine our disappointment when the line got within sight of the building and were informed the sandwich was no more. But The Rant … Continued

Rice, Mabel, Kabal, & Miss Dixie

  Introduction: Reading this excerpt reminds me of walking the cobblestones of New Orleans when the moon is a coy crescent guide. There is a feeling there I have not found in any other American city. Some vapor rises through … Continued