Moronic Ox Originals

Editor's Notebook
"Have We Become Less Humanitarian?"
Guest Editor John Faupel

"What Will You Believe?"
Open Books author Simon Campbell lists
"10 lies (or inaccuracies) that people generally accept as truths:
10 truths that people usually regard as lies (or fiction)"

Moronic Ox Talks with Author and Social Activist Tamara Pearson

Moronic Ox Encore!
Three Ekphrastic Poems
about WW1 in Flanders Fields
by Belgian painter & poet Jan Theuninck
"Yperite", "Hill 60" &

Novel Excerpt 
"I Shot Bruce"
From the novel, I Shot Bruce, published by Open Books in Spring 2016
Brett Busang

Getting to the Root
Gardening & Etymology with author 
Fergus MacRoich

Novel Excerpt
Remember For Me
by Diana Tarent Schmidt
Published by Open Books (2016)

"Return to Mameluke Bath"
Eleanor Bowen-Jones

Novel Excerpt
From the Open Books novel
Swift Dam
Sid Gustafson

Author Profile
Donald O'Donovan talks about his writing career, travels, literary influences, painting, day jobs, chickens and, of course, his novels... 

Featured Fiction
"Earth Day 2117"
​A short story
Lorin R. Robinson

War Cries
Unheard Voices, Unmarked Graves
Poetry of Kerry Arquette
Spoken Word
"Rachel Stanz"
presented by Stacey Frizzell
"Lydia Klemenko"
presented by Deborah Sutcliffe

 David Gariff

Blue Pearl Theatrics presents 
Eviction du Jour 
Directed by Sita Johnson 
Written by Brett Busang

Five Poems by C. S. Fuqua
Plus an interview with the author

"Unnatural Selection"
From the memoir Fresh Cut
E.J. Bouinatchova

Book Review
Strange and Powerful: 
Tale of Gritty Realism with a 
Mystical Element
 Ken Korczak reviews 
Fried Chicken, Jesus and Chocolate
by Fergus Macroich

Moronic Ox Talks with Author
Fergus MacRoich

"Looking for Literary America 
Episode 1: Raymond Chandler
James Hitt

"Stop Making Sense"
Andrew Pessin

"A Dandy Little Game"
Review by Brett Busang

Author Interview
Moronic Ox talks with author 
Lorin R. Robinson
about his soon to be published book, Tales from The Warming

Short Story
Viatupu, Tuvalu, Polynesia
November, 2027
Lorin R. Robinson

Writer's Workshop
Open Books author Miha Mazzini
Author of 28 books in 9 languages
Winner of the Pushcart & Golden Palm for best film of 2012
and Best Director at Highgate Film Festival, London
Discusses the writing of his novel, Paloma Negra

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Shared Content

Hollywood Glorifies Military at Taxpayers’ Expense
by David Sirota

The Nefarious Ways 9-11 Turned America into a Lockdown State
Tom Engelhardt

NSA Prism Data Mining Is All Up In Ur Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, 
PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple
Jason Linkins

The Autobiography of a Book Tour
Brett Busang

 Hot Rich White People 
Gather For Annual Conference
By theunozblog

Great commentary in the Cap Times by Lorin R. Robinson, author of  the upcoming cli-fi book 
Tales From The Warming

"Considering all that’s been said and written about walls recently, I’m reluctant to add to the verbiage. But I couldn’t help but notice that supporters of Mr. Trump’s wall — the one he calls that 'physical, tall, powerful, beautiful
wall' — have not enlisted Robert Frost as an ally."

Tamara Pearson
"What is Poverty?"

Book Review
"Freewheeling tales of high hopes and low living"
Greg Heath reviews Orgasmo by 
Donald O'Donovan

 Where Writers Write: Susie Sexton
Welcome to another installment of TNBBC's 
Where Writers Write!

Do you think that racism and racial profiling have increased in the last few years? Andrew Asibong, author of Mameluke Bath, 
addresses this question.

Poetry/Spoken Word
Ali Abdolrezaei & Abol Froushan's performance run by Platforma South East

Our Universe Might Just Be One Giant Hologram
Two new physics papers add credence to the notion that the universe resembles a 3D Projection.
Rod Bastanmehr

Crows could be the key to understanding alien intelligence
Crows are among the planet's most intelligent animals, teaching their young to use tools for foraging and banding together to fight off intruders. Now, the first study of how abstract reasoning works in these birds' brains could shed light on how intelligence works in a truly alien, non-mammal brain.

Radical UN Report Promotes Democratic Control of Food and an End to Corporate Domination
by Sonali Kolhatkar

How Mice Turned Their Private Paradise Into A Terrifying Dystopia
Esther Inglis-Arkell

The literary world marks the passing of one of America's iconic writers, Jim Harrison

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The Irrationalist 
by Andrew Pessin
(Historical murder mystery )

Who would want to murder the world’s most famous philosopher?

Turns out: nearly everyone.

In 1649, Descartes was invited by the Queen of Sweden to become her Court Philosopher. Though he was the world’s leading philosopher, his life had by this point fallen apart. He was 53, penniless, living in exile in Amsterdam, alone. With much trepidation but not much choice, he arrived in Stockholm in mid-October.

Shortly thereafter he was dead.
Before dawn in January, 1975, Emily detours from her normal route to work in the newsroom of Chicago’s top pop rock station to investigate a crime scene. The police believe the body on the street is a suicide. Emily is stunned to discover that the dead woman is a dear friend since high school. Unable to fathom why Beni Steinart would take her own life, Emily begins an investigation that leads to a trunk-load of cocaine, Federal narcotics charges, abuse of power and a perplexing mystery – suicide or murder?

Emily’s reporting triggers an explosive battle between two men who tower over their city. Cary Chase is Chicago’s most prominent bachelor, a wealthy entrepreneur whose mansion is the epicenter of Chicago’s elite society. United States Attorney Tommy “Tommy Terrific” Jameson is ambitiously determined to rid his city of corruption on his way up to the Governor’s office and perhaps even higher.

Drawing on an eclectic roster of news sources and WEL colleagues and her own considerable talent and determination, Emily uncovers the full story of her friend’s death in a remarkable confrontation which produces front page headlines and restores one life as it ruins another.
The feminine spirit of the West comes alive in early twentieth century Montana.

Set in the Copper Camp of Butte, Montana in 1917, Copper Sky tells the story of two women with opposite lives. Kaly Shane, mired in prostitution, struggles to find a safe home for her unborn child, while Marika Lailich, a Slavic immigrant, dodges a pre-arranged marriage to become a doctor. As their paths cross, and they become unlikely friends, neither knows the family secret that ties them together.
Made to Break Your Heart is a family saga, set in a gossipy suburb, that explores the complexities of raising a child, holding a marriage together, and maintaining your sanity in the cutthroat world of Little League baseball.
War Cries: 
Unheard Voices, Unmarked Graves
In the end, the sound of war isn’t heard in the rattle of machine gun fire or the bellowing of bombs. It is in the voices of those who lived and died and the stories they have to share.
Tales from The Warming
Powerful, prophetic and poignant, Tales from The Warming is an anthology of ten short stories taking readers all over the world and over time to experience—in human terms—the growing impact of climate change. 
From First Kiss to Forever:
A Scientific Approach to Love
Do you want to understand the science behind finding a mate, maintaining long-lasting relationships, or even what makes some relationships doomed to fail? Help your relationships grow and flourish, and have a few hearty laughs along the way. 
The Autobiography of Satan
This is the story of Satan's many struggles, across the history of Human existence, to unshackle the Human mind, and open the gates to forbidden knowledge.
A story of hopeless love—a serial philanderer and gambler married to a woman much younger—and impossible love—his wife, Casey Googan, and a black boxer. Turn of the century Boston comes alive with crew races, balloon races, boxing, rat-baiting, and fashion competitions judged by Isabella Stuart Gardner.