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THE MISTRESS CONTRACT
by She and He
This is the story of a contract signed four decades ago by an anonymous couple having an affair, and the unique relationship that ensued. She ― a highly educated, divorced woman with a successful career, three chilren and a history of involvement in the feminist movement ― asked her lover to agree to the following terms: He would provide her with a home and an income, while She would provide ‘mistress services’. This arrangement gave them a new kind of happiness that more traditional forms of commitment had never provided.
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“Yet, I didn’t understand that she was intentionally disguising her feelings with sarcasm; that was usually the last resort of people who are timid and chaste of heart, whose souls have been coarsely and impudently invaded; and who, until the last moment, refuse to yield out of pride and are afraid to express their own feelings to you.”
―from Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
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DUMBO FEATHER #38
now available at BooksActually !
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“The past encourages me, the present electrifies me, and I have little fear for the future; and my hope is that the rest of my life shall by far surpass the extravagances of my youth.”
―from Juliette by Marquis De Sade
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"You’re unbelievable," said Rosie. "Look at me when I’m talking."
I kept looking out the window. I was already over-stimulated.
"I know what you look like."
—from The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
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COLORS MAGAZINE #88: PROTEST
LAST JUNE, A WOMAN SET HERSELF ON FIRE ABOUT EVERY THREE DAYS IN HERAT, AFGHANISTAN.
Last June, a woman set herself on fire about every three days in Herat, Afghanistan. That’s an improvement – in June 2012, the city’s main hospital received a self-immolator about every two days, and in 2010, Afghanistan’s presidential advisor on health affairs estimated that 2,400 women were burning themselves alive nationwide, every year. The cause, he said, was depression.
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(This issue is now available at BooksActually !)
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THE CANDY MACHINE
by Tom Feiling
Gabrielle unwinds at weekends with a line of coke - and also works for a major police force. Juan Pablo is a drugs mule in Bogotá who gets his stash from a sweathouse. Belica started picking coca when she was eleven. Kurt Schmoke, former mayor of Baltimore, thinks legalization’s the only way…
Cocaine is big business. Governments spend millions on an unwinnable war against it, yet it’s now the drug of choice in the West. How did the cocaine economy get so huge? Who keeps it running behind the scenes?
In The Candy Machine Tom Feiling travels the trade routes from Colombia via Miami, Kingston and Tijuana to London and New York. He meets Medellín hitmen, US kingpins, British crack users and Brazilian traffickers, and talks to the soldiers and narcotics officers who fight the gangs.
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SMITH JOURNAL #10
now available at BooksActually !
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"Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect."
—from Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe