Criticism. Essay. Fiction. Science. Weather.
1A piece removed. 2Come eat it.
Or don't. 3Wine, Shoulder, Bolt, Socket. 4Mothbombs 5On the road with your only soul. 6One woman's trash is another woman's treasure 7Aliens! Right here in America! 8It's not as crazy as it sounds
or, music is as music does 91) Sign.
2) Hope for the best. 10A friendship in a bottle. 11A five-year-old tries his hand at action adventure. 12Will the circle be unbroken. 1390ways' first Quaterly Review rages on:
2 samples of Fiction. 14Muscles and fat.
A thin layer of sweat. 15Fiction goes serial.
Part 1 has sex and drugs.
You know you want to stay tuned. 16Our fiction serial concludes to cure your
vertigo from last week's cliff-hanger. 17An iced-out 21-speed sensation: The Moves are
all up on your handlebars. 18We're all in this together.
Except those bastards in administration. 19Jilted, laughed at,
and in the air. 20Swirling and swirling... 21You can't make yourself like them, but you have to pretend because they are your family. 22How well do jewel cases retain odor?
About as well as you stink. 23It's black and white. It's old world.
It's photo time. 24Piggy calls, wanting to sell you insurance.
This is what's on the other end of the line. 25A long pause, then, 26Fiction's Second Qaurterly Review
can speak Italian. 27It's only bread, after all. 28It's job search time at 90ways. 29George W. Bush's resting heart rate and a bum in a green sweater. 30Antique weaponry and teenage angst.
Together at last. 31One-hundred-fifty-three syllables
of October fun. 32there is only
self 33She's cold to the touch.
Cold and pebbly. 34Gut-wrenching love.
And wallabies. 35Building a habit out of ivies and orange flowers. 36A 90ways exclusive sneak peak at the
new and groundbreaking Alphabet Book. 37Type it with one hand and
see what happens 38A face any susbsitence farmer could love. 39The Quarterly Review: read it again for the third time. 40For every task, someone is the best.
Sometimes that's impressive. 41I didn't get a computer;
I moved to Indiana. 42A piece removed. 4390ways has new concerns about identity theft. Lock up the children and your sense of self. 44time. eyes. deep sighs. 45I know there's a place 4690 stars are born. 47I had to ask. 48It's about sex.
But isn't that always the way with classical music? 49The epistolary form in the 21st century.
Complete with neuroses and unpunctuation. 50There is no end to the party. 51Rockin to the sweet sounds of prepared food. 52Of or pertaining to. 53Including spaces, this blurb is 90 characters. Ways, words, characters. It is a leitmotif. 54Minnesota. Miami. Poetry in 90ways' Fiction.
It's the best of all worlds. 55It lives and breathes and is hungry for carnival food. 56A piece removed. 57The curtain is being pulled back... 58Up in the Fiction house! It's a bird. It's a plane.
It's an illustralogue! 59The hat, in all honesty, is a private matter. 60Putting up with all the doth. 6190words strike terror into the hearts of the longwinded. 62Return of the illustralogue! 63Take one down, pass it around,
blow your nose. 64A piece removed. 65The First Quarterly Review wants
you to meet its little friend. 66From our servers to your ear buds!
It's misguided enthusiasm, in podcast form! 67Questions for the man himself.
Plus, the podcast adventure continues. 68No one would ever use Starbucks
to define their identity. Right... 69Don't you remember the rose clipped under my windshield wiper like a butterfly under a pin? 70Oh, it's nothing.
Oh, it's life-threatening disease. 71It's not you. It's me.
And my Eurasian captors.
72Root, root, root for the brisk
sale of anything possible. 73Look within the very bowels of the soul.
Or at least your mother. 74We're not strangers any more. 75He knows of what he speaks. 76I find that often times I'm quite
mature enough to enjoy a few beverages. 77He is licking me.
I don't like it one bit. 78Our favorite stuff is coming 'round the mountain, again. 79A wooden-back brush and a homemade bowl of oatmeal. 80A man's home is his... 81Fack to the Buture. 82This dude pulled back on his nose
and mucus and unleashed a city. 83The polls are in. 93% of respondents do not approve of the monkeybone lodged in their lower lip 84Like a thirsty man in the desert 85Taxpayer dollars wasted on broken egg. News at eleven. 86She loves her red octopus.
She will chew it to death. 87Bubbling, gurgling, fighting a moment to stay afloat. 88Molting our pasts into the air... 89The Return of 90 Words 90It comes but once a... ever. 91Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, the end of the Fiscal Quarter. 92The 540 word circle is now unbroken. 93An emptying out of the animus, perceived as tranquility
94All roads lead to South Dakota. Or at least the I-90 does, anyway. 95He laid down his whittling knife and he and his brother took up arms in rage. 96Drinking manhattans made with a good bourbon, and strong. 97Living white and pudgy, I never expected much for myself. Now, I could tell that was true. 98A few gestural lines towards the thought of death. 99Rest in peace.
I know I will. 100And then we played baseball and then we played army and then we were best friends. 101We torn holes in sheets and became ghosts for each other's pleasures. 102I looked at the pictures of you, twenty years old,
sometimes skinny and sometimes your face a soft moon.
103Fingers clutching little trinkets of the day... 104All roads lead to South Dakota. Or at least the I-90 does, anyway. 105Everywhere signs of an interstice arriving. 106What you see and what you believe are two different things. 107It was as if a million literary ghosts poured from its pages, moaning to be set free. 108So what if too many times we have been here, both
lost in our machinations...
Definitions of Idiomatic Phrases for the Vernacularly Impaired. Part 17: Out
To Call Out
Act of telephonically escaping from work. Often involving the number 9. If one does not Call Out, one may accidentally Call In, mistakenly phoning Davey in shipping. He will talk and talk, regardless of how many times you tell him you called by mistake.
To Order Out
The freakish bastardization of To Call Out and To Order In. In some circles this curio of a phrase is used to differentiate ordering food for pickup versus delivery.
To Mail Out
An efficient disposal method for envelopes stuffed by interns.
To Make Out
A true linguistic puzzle. To Make calls for a concrete noun, but when applied to the foggy world of sexual contact it instead gets the elusive Out. The phrase seems to imply that one is creating the outdoor world. Though this is not the case confusion is understandable. Some sexual contact is certainly implied but just how much remains a point of contention. Some experts maintain that the only thing made is kissing. Others are willing to include heavy petting and oral sex as well. (During the worst of this ongoing feud, the former camp of specialists maligned the latter as "expert at being tramps".) Sometimes used to mean great success, e.g. Make Out Like A Bandit. It is unclear how far bandits -- in general or individually -- will go sexually. Most probably, second base.
To Put Out
No uncertainty here: the culmination of To Make Out. Presumably whatever product was not made in the first go round is now Put Out for one's partner. This development implies, perhaps, that "Out" is roughly synonymous with "genitals."
To Go Out
A lean, direct phrase that's efficiency has earned it a gradient of meanings. It can be very specific: To Go Out of a specific building or place. Or quite broad: To Go Out for an evening or into the city. If one has a regular partner for such activities, these two are said To Go Out, in a collective sense. "Jenny and Steve Go Out with each other." In this sense, To Make Out is implied, To Put Out a strong possibility.
To Point Out
The act of passive aggressively stating the obvious.
To Give Out
Similar to the unmodified verb "to give", however with several added shades of meaning. 1) Is normally done outdoors. 2) Item in question is given to strangers. 3) Given Out item is most likely a religious tract or sample bit of roast beef from the new roast beef place where the little café with the bathroom that smelled like brie used to be.
To Hand Out
Similar to To Give Out, only the proffered item is now desired by the recipient. As in welfare check, parental loan, corporate subsidy, etc.
To Lash Out
Out affects the verb "lash" in a unique way. Whereas "to lash" is a premeditated act of punishment, appending Out makes the event a surprise. Field overseers lash. Drunken schoolteachers Lash Out.
To Shout Out
To remove a stain with a popular, commercially available cleaning agent.
To Check Out
The act of leaving a hotel much earlier than is reasonable, often 10 a.m., so the staff can have your room cleaned and ready for the insane hate-mongers who want to check in to the hotel at 2 in the afternoon. These people, who have crushed the hopes of anyone who wants to sleep in on the last day of a trip, are, potentially, vampires.
To Hold Out
Literally, impossible. Out is far too large to be held. Indeed, whenever any part of Out is held, it becomes In. A truly senseless phrase.
Act of speculating wildly about an individual's sexuality.
It's really a shame that children, I think, are taught that school is a bummer. School is a really fun thing, if you use it right. Of course, all work sucks, and school is your work until you graduate, but there was a time there when I really hated it. I think if I was taught to approach it differently, I really may have had a much better time and learned a lot more. I really think we should encourage curiosity more. Then again, it's a pain in the ass to have a kid repeatedly ask why. Still, we should find a way. It's really a shame that children, I think, are taught that school is a bummer. School is a really fun thing, if you use it right. Of course, all work sucks, and school is your work until you graduate, but there was a time there when I really hated it. I think if I was taught to approach it differently, I really may have had a much better time and learned a lot more. I really think we should encourage curiosity more. Then again, it's a pain in the ass to have a kid repeatedly ask why. Still, we should find a way.
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-Thought up by Joshua W. Jackson.
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