Coda-Switch

O, viejas de negro! How you line the front pews at Catholic masses like pushers sitting on street curbs, rolling rosary beads— like pills of black-tar heroin— between jonesing fingers, craving your next fixes of salvation, visiones de Dios. Such beastly things behind those lifeless veils of pitch! Those guttural mumbles under respiraciones y lenguas,… Continue reading Coda-Switch

Fiction Writer’s Compendium: Drug Street Names

Editor's note: Provided below are a lengthy list of popular street-names (slang) for a wide variety of drugs, both legal and illicit. A 'drug' being define in the pharmacological sense of a non-nutritional substance of known structure, which when ingested, produces a biological effect. In addition to elucidating the general public, I hope this list… Continue reading Fiction Writer’s Compendium: Drug Street Names

Hinterland

Hinterland — “a place of exile” “We all carry within us our places of exile, our crimes, and our ravages.  But our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to fight them in ourselves and in others.” —Albert Camus, The Rebel Prologue      The boy felt like a giant, seated on… Continue reading Hinterland

American Deathscape: The Drug Scourge; Sources & Solutions

There is seldom anything more tragic than a 20 year old with a family, a lover and a bright and promising future being discovered face down in some filthy alley, spittle on the lips, needle in the arm. Yet this is precisely the way that a ever-growing share of America's youth, the lifeblood of our… Continue reading American Deathscape: The Drug Scourge; Sources & Solutions