Moronic Ox Originals

Editor' Notebook
"The Laws of Speculation"
Guest Editor
Diana Tarant Schmidt

"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!
Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore...
Or are we?
"Kansas Country"
Photo Essay by Don Wright

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
"Degrees of Degeneration"
​Bobby Williams

The Poetry of Carole Mora
"Urban Fog" 
"With Furious Gravity" 
"Sound Off"

 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

"Kentucky Fried Camel; Nine Days in Jordan with Kids"
Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang

"A Dandy Little Game"
Review by Brett Busang

Author Interview
Moronic Ox talks with author 
Arwen Bicknell
about her soon to be published book, Justice and Vengeance:
Scandal, Honor, and Murder 
in 1872 Virginia

Short Story
Adele Elliott

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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Jason Linkins

Author Interview
The Wrighter interviews Chuck Crabbe, whose debut novel As a Thief in the Night is scheduled for release February 15.

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Book Review
"Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang has created a masterpiece and one that that you will remember for years to come... A page-turning, realistic story that spans a century and three continents."—Susan Blumberg-Kason, author of GOOD CHINESE WIFE: LOVE AFFAIR WITH CHINA GONE WRONG

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 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

Why Indie Bookstores Are on the Rise Again
Borders and B&N tried to compete with Amazon, and failed. Independent stores can’t even try—nor do they have to.
By Zachary Karabell 

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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In Fried Chicken, Jesus and Chocolate, Ishmael is born to a heroin addicted mother whom he thinks is a spider. Much of his time while growing up is spent eating fried chicken and watching cartoons. When his mother overdoses Ishmael goes to live with Grandma Cecilia, who impresses the teachings of Jesus upon him. After Grandma Cecilia is murdered, Ishmael is taken to a Boy's Home where he is abused but is protected by 'higher powers' and his own will to survive. 

Fried Chicken, Jesus and Chocolate is as much about storytelling as it is about style, and the ending is as magical and fantastical as some of the mments in Ishmael's life.
It had been a long snowy winter and spring. The rivers were late rising, and the mountains held onto a pure white snow-cover. Rain fell upon the deep winter snow the day before the Flood of '64. Waters rose, the rivers raged. The dam failed to hold the Birch Creek flow, and broke, giving way to a wall of water and drowning the Indians. 

​Veterinarian Alphonse Vallerone dreams out this novel of dreamers dreaming. He goes back 50 years to the day after the Flood, when he assisted the surviving Indians. Riding from one devastated ranch to another, he tends to the surviving yet devastated animals and tries to mend the grief wrought by the Flood. 

Underpinned by the lingering and harsh reminders of the Blackfeet Nation’s heroic, tragic, and vibrant past, Gustafson’s third novel chronicles the heartrending drama of the Blackfeet people.

Swift Dam celebrates the native land and the Natives who survive as they have survived throughout time, perilously. It is the story of a veterinarian who attempts to sustain and nurture life on the land, his empathy with the living, and his sympathy for the dead and dying.
Set in London, beginning in the early sixties and spanning five decades, I Shot Bruce follows Vijay Asunder, a rock-and-roll wannabe who, many decades after he is spurned by the manager of a singing group that eventually becomes world-famous, finally decides that he must kill the one person that symbolizes the success that has eluded him, his replacement. During a fifty-year span of time, Asunder follows the fortunes of the band and its various members as he pursues the alternate and ever-so-quiet, but not-very-satisfying life he's made for himself as an antique dealer. Yet with each passing year, and with each reminder of "what might have been", his obsession for revenge grows, until finally he must act. 

Conceived loosely on the untimely dismissal and subsequent life of Pete Best, the so-called 'fifth Beatle', Vijay Asunder's perspective and his ultimate commitment to retribution differs markedly from Ringo Starr's predecessor. Intelligent and intense, I Shot Bruce chronicles and dramatizes obsession to the point of self-destruction.
Black Sails, Disco Inferno is a retelling of the classic medieval romance of Tristan and Isolde, turning things on their head by reversing the sex of the chief protagonists and placing them in a '70's pulp/noir world.

Andrez Bergen's latest novel exposes layers of the bullet-riddled pulp/noir world of Trista and Issy amidst a sensual, disco-infused narrative overflowing with shady schemes, double dealings, cruel brutality and spellbinding mystery.
Sixteen-year-old Davy Stoneman accompanies his Aunt Esther to the train station to greet his Uncle Marsh, returning home to Twin Forks, Texas from World War I in 1919. 
When Davy’s uncle steps off the train, Davy realizes that the army has sent him home to die.

Aunt Easter seeks the help of Sister Rose, a black woman known for her herbs and cures. As Sister Rose slowly restores Uncle Marsh’s health, a friendship develops between Sister Rose’s teenage son Daniel and Davy. Through his new friend, Davy meets Rachel, a black girl his own age, and he finds himself attracted to her.

The three young people are soon working together to repair an old house that will be used to teach black children to read and write. As a result, Davy and his uncle and aunt find themselves caught up in events that lead to death and tragedy. 

In the face of tragedy, Davy learns that the true nature of each person is deeper than one’s skin, that depravity can reshape a soul into something ugly and mean and destructive, and that the courage to confront such depravity, no what matter the cost, is often learned through the ‘courage of others’. 
​​​Johnny Sharansky is a forty-three-year-old gambler who has avoided gainful employment for twenty-three years. He takes big risks, crazy risks sometimes, but none bigger or crazier than his pursuit of a young, high-class shiksa, Margaret, who is fascinated by organized crime figures. His infatuation lands him in deep trouble with the law, the blue-blood’s fiancé, and the Chicago mob.

Johnny is savvy and slick, but he still has a big lesson to learn, and his North Shore obsession is ready to teach the well-heeled gambler A Dandy Little Game.  

Set in Chicago in 1944, McCulloch's novel evokes a period of post-Capone operators, petty racketeers and high society ingenues waiting out World War II.