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      By Gary Indiana Oct 2, 2013

      Reptile Commanders from Planet Debby

      For anyone cognizant of Vladimir Putin's backstory, his intrusion on the Syria matter has been one of those paradoxical demonstrations that "a stopped clock is right twice a day," or the arguably more salient truism that "50 percent of what any psychopath…

      By Gary Indiana Oct 2, 2013
      By Gary Indiana Sep 12, 2013

      New York to Bloomberg: Drop Dead

      At the time of writing, Bill de Blasio has gleaned 40.2 percent of the vote in the New York Democratic mayoral primary. The other candidates fizzled out big time, owing, in the cases of Weiner and Quinn, to a widespread, accurate perception of their chara…

      By Gary Indiana Sep 12, 2013
      By Gary Indiana Sep 4, 2013

      September Bloodbath

      The truly incredible $53 billion intelligence budget (that we know of), added to the cost (that we know of) of another "controlled intervention," added to the costs (that we know of) of the ongoing US military actions in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and E…

      By Gary Indiana Sep 4, 2013
      By Gary Indiana Aug 20, 2013

      Romanian Notes

      In Bucharest, the psychological damage inflicted on a society subjected to surveillance terror is apparent everywhere when you scratch the surface, even 24 years after the fall of Ceauşescu. There, no problem is too small to be insoluble, no conflict unth…

      By Gary Indiana Aug 20, 2013
      By Gary Indiana Jul 30, 2013

      A Few Days in Bulgaria

      I dream I've been placed in an impossible situation in which suicide is the only appealing option. Not because of imminent physical destruction or incurable medical problems, but because the prospect of extreme, permanent immiseration appears in the dream…

      By Gary Indiana Jul 30, 2013
      By Gary Indiana Jul 12, 2013

      Dreams Involving Water

      There has been no butter for two weeks. A taxi driver thought there might be butter in the supermarket in Miramar. I think so, too: I once saw a man in that market buy 20 cases of Coca-Cola in loose 12-ounce bottles. Otherwise there is no butter to be fou…

      By Gary Indiana Jul 12, 2013
      By Gary Indiana Jul 2, 2013

      Snopes, Redux

      In the spirit of full frontal disclosure, as I like to call it, the following is something I've published before, in a pamphlet written for the New Press in 2004 called Schwarzenegger Syndrome: Politics and Celebrity in the Age of Contempt. I am re…

      By Gary Indiana Jul 2, 2013
      By Gary Indiana Jun 6, 2013

      Fleapit: the Movie

      It's true that someone at dinner last night lives in the Chelsea Hotel, and for years, as it happens, I regularly visited a friend there who has an enviably spacious apartment on one of the upper floors. But I have no nostalgia for the Chelsea Hotel. I ne…

      By Gary Indiana Jun 6, 2013
      By Gary Indiana May 29, 2013

      Cries and Whispers in Obamastan

      In Cuba male prostitutes, 'pingueros,' have mixed in with gay people in Havana in growing numbers, numbers that correlate closely with the spread of private enterprise, income inequality, and foreign-made consumer goods.

      By Gary Indiana May 29, 2013
      By Gary Indiana May 16, 2013

      Late Drone Age Civilization: The Fossil Record

      Today the celebrated writer speaking at the 92 Street Y shakes his wiser head, recalling his youthful naiveté. The truth is, he didn't realize then how brilliant he already was, and these airborne notions, political pieties, flights of surreal nihilism, a…

      By Gary Indiana May 16, 2013
      By Gary Indiana Apr 30, 2013

      A Stone for Michael Stewart

      Last week you threw away a Crock-Pot your mom gave you for Christmas 20 years ago. What if some terrorist, or some lunatic mistaken for a terrorist, or a terrorist who is a lunatic, as so many are, fished that Crock-Pot out of the garbage and made a bomb

      By Gary Indiana Apr 30, 2013
      By Gary Indiana Apr 11, 2013

      My Big Fat Gay Wedding

      I have a column due today for VICE. No idea for it whatsoever. Tracey said I should just print the email I sent her this morning. J. said, "Oh just write about gay marriage, everybody else is." All right, I'll combine the two.

      By Gary Indiana Apr 11, 2013
      By Gary Indiana Mar 26, 2013

      Oh, What a Dirty War

      During the Dirty War in Argentina, members of the Catholic hierarchy were fully awake to what was going on around them. A few behaved decently and stuck their necks out for the victims; some were tortured and themselves killed. But most of the clergy in A…

      By Gary Indiana Mar 26, 2013
      By Gary Indiana Mar 6, 2013

      Puppet Horror

      Hitler is the only individual besides Jesus Christ to exert such unflagging fascination. Jesus because so little is known about him, apart from hearsay. And Hitler because, despite everything being known about him, the ability of a flat-faced crackpot to

      By Gary Indiana Mar 6, 2013
      By Gary Indiana Feb 21, 2013

      Implications of the Horse Meat Scandal

      I don't recall the exact wording of the note. It was tacked on a corkboard, obscured by notices and fliers, in a basement corridor of Otis Art School, when Otis was in the Wilshire District. Sheree Rose and Bob Flanagan, who took performance art to a plac…

      By Gary Indiana Feb 21, 2013
      By Gary Indiana Feb 5, 2013

      Apes on a Gilded Treadmill

      The really tragic events at Downton Abbey are not Lady Cora's miscarriage (brought about by the sinister, ever-machinating Miss O'Brien with a strategically placed bar of soap), or Bates's unjust conviction for killing his wife (who ate a poisoned pie to…

      By Gary Indiana Feb 5, 2013
      By Gary Indiana Jan 22, 2013

      Let’s Face It

      Writers are not generally celebrities, but I did have one delirious fan. He kept me on the telephone for hours every night, during a period when I was snorting heroin to cure my insomnia. He terrorized me with idolatry. According to him, I was the only wr…

      By Gary Indiana Jan 22, 2013
      By Gary Indiana Jan 8, 2013

      Reality Check

      I can't tell you much of a personal nature about Sunando Sen. I only knew him as a helpful, pleasant, intelligent person who worked at the NY Copy and Printing Center at the end of my block for many years. On December 28th, a deranged woman with a history…

      By Gary Indiana Jan 8, 2013