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The strays of Cuba

The strays of Cuba

Kayla Friedrich

May 8, 2014


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  Stepping off of La Terrazza de Manolo that Sunday afternoon began a week-long journey through a cloud of smoke and diesel. 1950s Chevrolets, Studebakers and other antique cars populated the roadways, their exhaust clashing with the malodorous cigarette smoke that wafted through every street,...

Patrick gives the finger

Patrick gives the finger

Interview by Max Van Wie

April 24, 2014


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Pat McGinn, Johnson State College junior, has been a professional fingerboarder for almost a decade and continues to be involved in the fingerboard community. While the idea of a fingerboard may seem odd to some, generations have grown up around these small skateboards and some have taken them quite...

The Living Headlights

The Living Headlights

Jim Union

March 15, 2014


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Editor’s note: Jim Union’s Christian name is Richard Schlong, and he was once a private eye; kidnapped by his former nemesis, Kaufman (now known as “K.”), and subjected to plastic surgery, Richard has now become an agent for an agency that doesn’t exist--operating under the name: Jim Union. I...

You Only Live Twice, or Actually Once

You Only Live Twice, or Actually Once

Richard Schlong

February 6, 2014


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Editor’s note: Jim Union’s Christian name is Richard Schlong, and he was once a private eye; kidnapped by his former nemesis, Kaufman, and subjected to plastic surgery, Richard has now become an agent for an agency that doesn’t exist--operating under the name: Jim Union. I was going to Russi...

On Her Majesty’s Secret Sir Vice

On Her Majesty’s Secret Sir Vice

Richard Schlong, Private Eye Superspy

December 10, 2013


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Note: Prince William's name changed to protect him. Four months ago I was lying in my own stew, reeking of scotch, breath, and an unnatural amount of natural human filth in my mildewed office in Johnson, Vt. Four months later, I was lying in a post-coital honeydew glaze, smelling intoxicatingly of impec...

Susan Calza on art, Nepal, and heaven’s buffet

Susan Calza on art, Nepal, and heaven’s buffet

November 27, 2013


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A Johnson State College professor for of 21 years, Susan Calza, talks about her art, life, and her future.  At the end of the spring semester she will be retiring to focus on her personal art and travel. She has a studio in Barre that she describes as “twelve hundred square feet of drawings and t...

Doctor Yes

Doctor Yes

Richard Schlong, Private Eye

November 14, 2013


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  "Rather enjoyed the John Gardner thrillers... he has a very sophisticated style, yes, I like that... rather like Agatha Christie doing 007, ‘ey, old chap?” As I struggled to open my eyes, I could make out a faint but familiar form: a plump Englishman. Kaufman. He was smiling. ...

The Cold Shrink

The Cold Shrink

Richard Schlong

November 10, 2013


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I had a toothache from my molar to my cerebellum. What I mean is the sheer thought of teeth was the same kind of infuriating ache I got when I remembered those lovely, happy girls I didn’t date in high school, or that reduced-price drink I passed up at the bar. I didn’t want to hear about teeth....

The Bitter Toothache

The Bitter Toothache

Richard Schlong, Private Detective

September 25, 2013


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As a private dick I’ve had to look into a lot of unpleasant things, but one thing I’ve never gotten sick of looking into is open mouths. So it was a pleasant surprise when my degree in dentistry finally came in the mail. It came in a manilla 8x10 envelope. First I thought it was those photographs...

The Lost Girl

The Lost Girl

Richard Schlong

September 11, 2013


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I stopped wondering how normal people celebrate their birthday when I stopped believing there were normal people. It came late, long after I’d stopped believing there was a Tooth Fairy. Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Normal People. My birthday’s not a celebration. That’ll be my funeral. My b...

Melvis, the Backwoods King

Melvis, the Backwoods King

Tom Benton

May 3, 2013


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"You don’t have to saaaay you love me/Just be close at haaand/You don’t have to staaaaay forever/I will understaaand." The singer is a fifty-something guy with a t-shirt that shows off his beer gut, which he happily slaps -- he’s aware of it -- and which gives no indication of his pipes, which ar...

Full of Crêpe

Full of Crêpe

Samuel Bridges

April 18, 2013


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  It seems every time I visit Church Street there’s something new that catches my eye, or the store I’m looking for has moved, at the least. Burlington never disappoints. It was a nippy, but not unbearable Thursday afternoon. I noticed a rather unassuming "Mr. Crepe" sign. The restaurant was heav...

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