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From Ovi bookshelves #28

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by | March 26, 2016 · 7:32 pm

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by | March 26, 2016 · 7:31 pm

Raise your glass my friend and let us celebrate! By Michael Akerib

ovicover_26_03_16Alcohol has been with us probably since the very early magic cults and continues to be associated with a number of religious practices. It probably had multiple uses in ceremonies, not least of which was its ability of altering consciousness.

As humans settled and started practicing agriculture, grain was fermented and produced beer. Whether its use was purely for ceremonial purposes or for socializing, is unclear. It has been suggested that the necessity of fermenting grain as been the main driver behind sedentarization. In any case, alcohol certainly played an important role in socialization. Certain pagans even revered alcohol as it was believed to have aphrodisiac properties and was an adjuvant to fertility.

The Greeks used wine, together with other substances, to disinhibit those practicing the Dionysian mysteries. The very word ‘symposium’ meant a drinking party in ancient Greece.

Alcohol, whether in the form of wine or spirits, has permeated European culture. Both Christian and Jewish religions allow drinking while asking believers to avoid excesses. Consumption in the European Union is of 13 liters of pure alcohol per capita and per year and, corrected for non-drinkers, of 15 liters. Up to half of the alcohol is drunk by only 10% of the population.

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Kafka by David Sparenberg

he first day I went and knocked on the door, it was raining.  It was a hard rain.  A noisy rain.

I knocked on the door several times.  I called out, “Hello!  Is anyone in there?  Please come to the door.”  Nobody came.  The door did not open.

I went away while the rain was still coming down.  I went away intent on returning at a later time.

kafka01_400Days went by and weeks and months.  There was a change of season.  Then one day I decided to return.  To try again.
It was not raining then.  But it was twilight.  Shadows were lengthening and crowding together all around.  Darkness felt organic.  The darkness grew.  Soon it would be night.

Still, I approached.  I knocked on the door, knocking several times; knocking forcefully.  I called out, “Hello!  Hello!  If you are inside, come to the door.  Open up!”

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To be continued… by Gordana Mudri

go01Long passed since that midnight. In this dark room, only the screen is flashing in its monotonous glow, and soft sounds are vibrating through the air. At night, all these sounds are somehow more intense. Different. As if the walls are breathing and living, their own life; filled with mysterious visitors. I can imagine them; scratching the walls, trying to get into my fake security cocoon. Like ghosts from all over the world. As witnesses of this madness that doesn’t stop. Passengers through time and space, gathered in the dark, outside my walls. And every night it is the same. Loneliness is my only companion. So silent and unobtrusive. So cruel. Like a dark rough sea. And I’m swimming knowing that I will not find a shore. Slow dying. The night after the day that was full of horror.

Like some kind of a contemporary disaster movie, full of ruins, smoke and mass death. But there is no hero, there is no special star character who saves the world or unites all the nations to fight the widespread destruction. There is no happy ending with promises like – we will rebuild everything. There is no – The End. Everything looks like a dark series with unavoidable – To be continued…

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From Ovi bookshelves #27

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by | March 24, 2016 · 2:42 pm

Losers, Get Out-a’ Here! by Leah Sellers

ovicover_23_03_16“I’m an Exploiter, Teddy.  And guess what Exploiters do ?  They Exploit  situations and people.  I’m into Exploitation, Teddy !  Exploitation without hesitation in every situation !  I’m an Elitist C.E.O. Autocrat that some folks call a Bully-Boy Brat !”

“And what do you consider Johnny K. to be, Donny ?”

“Oh, he’s the boring Salt-of-the-Earth, Do-Gooder, Guy Next Door, who wants to Balance the Nation’s Budget again,  like he and a bunch of other fella’s did when he was a Congressman in the past.  But that’s the past, and he’s the past.  I’m the entertaining Future or the splintering, bitter end for the Republican Party and America.  I’m the hot Celebrity Winner who’s about to take down and take out all of the rest of you Losers, Teddy.”

“And Teddy-in-the-Hat you can take that to the Bank, while your munchin’ down on your green malarkey and ham !  You’re the Republican Party’s Theocratic Autocrat-in-a-Hat !”

“That’s right, Donny, I’m a proud Theocratic Autocrat.  I’m into jihadi – Holy War !  I’m the Theocratic Autocratic Christian who is going to follow Netanyahu into Armageddon against the infidel Muslims.  I am the Chosen One.”
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