J. Robert King

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The reason human knowledge advances so slowly is that those who discover any real answers use their findings selfishly. They withdraw into paradise. We benefit only from the failures of failures, who stick around hoping for Nobels and Pulitzers. If Einstein had found the Unified Field Theory, he’d’ve combed his hair, chucked his Attends, and […]

September 7th, 2012
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Worms have very small brains, pin-sized things that straddle the digestive tract like a man straddling a blue whale. Two principles reside in that brain: Eat Dirt and Squirm. It must be understood that all actions undertaken by the worm are categorized accordingly. For example, when a worm encounters a corpse, it must categorize it […]

September 6th, 2012
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Blister Baby

He gazed down lovingly at his distended abdomen, at the fetus that nestled soft and warm within the melon-sized blister on his belly, where brown hair yet descended across the stretched skin and toward his puckered navel. “My little blister baby.” When his pregnancy had begun, he had had no idea how translucent his skin […]

September 5th, 2012
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Leg Lightning

He had walked from 51st to 43rd in his new gray cotton sweatpants before the friction between his legs resulted in a negative ionic polarization of the left knee and a positive polarization in the right panel of his silk boxers. He should have stopped then. The electrostatic elevation of leg hair was clear enough […]

September 4th, 2012
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Do you know why Frenchmen hate Americans? It’s a long story, but I’ll try to make it short. When they gave us the Statue of Liberty they had 10,000 French warriors inside who waited until dark to spring out and capture New York, only when they did they found out they were on Liberty Island […]

September 3rd, 2012
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Desirous Hypodermic

Hypodermics are scary enough: the cocked plunger poised to strike, the translucent plastic shaft that gleams like wet sharkskin, the needle tip prepared to pierce with its oozing fang. . . . Knowing they come in cellular size is just plain horrifying; viruses, which aren’t even alive, penetrate living cells and inject their own dead DNA. That’d be […]

September 2nd, 2012
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Grandpa had been a job printer. He stood now beneath the maple tree and its sharp-edged embossments of leaves, and pointed to the empty amber shell that had once been a huge and grotesque insect but now was nothing. “Cicada,” he said. They came every seven years, like the plague of Exodus. And, as though […]

September 1st, 2012
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Old Grand High Days

He missed those old grand high days of madness. When they’d first wheeled him through the automatic doors, his old-man voice had risen up past chrome and straps and blankets to say it was the moon the humors a woman the gods that had made him do it, had inspired the naked parade in the […]

August 31st, 2012
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I’m on Broadway!: A Publishing Parable

I can’t believe it! All my life, I’ve been waiting for this moment. From my first dance lesson at age six  with Madame Brosier to this date, 20 years later—at last, I’m on Broadway! “Welcome to the Great White Way! We can’t wait to see you dance.” Thanks! I’m going to be appearing in the […]

April 14th, 2011
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Moxyland–The Next 100

My last post may have made you think that Moxyland is somehow old-fashioned–some kind of South African The Sound and the Fury. Good. Because it is. Most reviewers of this novel have pointed to how new it is, how it bristles with punk energy, how it is edgy and eats its way out of the […]

February 3rd, 2011
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