Moronic Ox Originals

Editor's Notebook
"Stranded In France"
by Guest Editor
Jayne Boisvert

Moronic Ox Talks with Author and Social Activist Tamara Pearson

"Maybe It's The Water"
David Gersh

Short Story
"Laughter And Early Sorrow"
Brett Busang

"Brett Busang Talks H Street"
H Street Uncovered: 
A Journalism Capstone Project
American University
Video by Kate Priddy

"Praising the Bones 
of the Old Country"
Milana Marsenich

"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
"Don Quixote de Las Vegas"
​A short story
M. Cid d'Angelo

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

by David A. Ross

Musician & Author David Rat passed away on 3/3/18; this interview was first published in Moronic Ox in 2012

"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 book, Tales from The Warming

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

"My Mother's Romance:
Gertrude Berg and the Goldbergs"
Barbara L. Baer

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in Moronic Ox Archives
Shared Content

National Book Awards: 
Annie Proulx and the Happy Ending

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

Book Review
 A Progressive on the Prairie
a blog about books, reading and other things 
that bring nuance to life
Book Review: The Autobiography of Satan: Authorized Edition by William A. Glasser

Great commentary in the Cap Times by Lorin R. Robinson, author of  the 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

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 Writing Life of Jonathan Bennett

Let us sit down and consider some old bones. And, because they're bone-white, let us incinerate them.
by Brett Busang

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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.
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. 
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.
Stephen Spotte's imaginative novel recounts the tales of a scroungy former alley cat named Jinx, whose memories aren't just his own but those of other cats who existed before him, one of which was Annipe, Cleopatra's pampered pet. Through Annipe's eyes the ancient Mediterranean world of Cleopatra and her legendary lovers, Caesar and Antony, is spread before us in all its glory, pathos, and absurdity. Jinx reveals these stories telepathically one night to his stoned and inebriated owner just home after gall bladder surgery. Annipe's memories are bookended by Jinx's own that detail his early scavenging days in bleak urban alleys. 
In her acceptance speech for the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the National Book Awards last night, author Annie Proulx said: "We don't live in the best of all possible worlds. This is a Kafkaesque time."
Passionate and forbidden love clashes with tradition and caste in a changing India.

With its turbulent passions amid social upheavals, The Last Devadasi takes readers on a sensual feast in the 1970s palm-shaded trading city of Madras.
Pilgrimage to Paris:
The Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and Americans Who Lived There
by Jayne R. Boisvert

An easy-to-use guide devoted to Paris, Pilgrimage to Paris: The Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and Americans Who Lived There includes travel tips, main attractions, free (and nearly free) things to do, shopping, museums, churches, cafes, restaurants, as well as short biographies and addresses associated with famous Americans who spent time living la belle vie in the French capital.
Jayne R. Boisvert