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On Fartistry

by Joseph Prever Today I spent fifteen minutes of my evening commute meditating on twelve seconds of dialogue from Parks & Recreation. The line "Well I doth proclaim to be a stupid fartface" kept presenting itself to my mind, and every time it did, I laughed, as if the joke were a magical orange that replenished itself with ...

Spring Math Test

by Joseph Prever 1. If every sound is potentially the product of some finite number of sine waves, is every barnswallow's flight potentially the product of some finite number of perfect circles?2. Which is best: dirt, a beetle, a chipmunk, or a sparrow? Is there a hierarchy implied in the series? If so, in which direction does ...

3 Games

by Joseph Prever   The only options are boredom or exhaustion. Not that you are going to end up permanently bored or permanently exhausted; only that, unless you are committed to constant exhaustion, you will be bored at one point or another. The only way to make sure that boredom never arrives is to occupy yourself from ...

“Sink-Pisser!”

by Joseph Prever   Yesterday in D.C., I met a man who, to protect his privacy and because I don't know his real name, I will call Elmer.  He was a fat man, dressed in green khakis and a polo shirt with small horizontal stripes.  He asked for change and I offered cigarettes instead.  The following conversation ...