a note to you the other day. Well, nevermind. I see that the printed
corpse is deceased and now lives on as an electronic entity. At
least that answers why I have not received any issues in the mail
recently. Like others I am deeply saddened by the demise of the
printed corpse. I used to take them everywhere. No longer will they
join me on the toilet or in the airplane or on the airplane toilet.
any corpse is better than no corpse but it feels very different.
Not as pure somehow. Not as inviting. I am sure the change was made
out of necessity. I am glad the corpse still lives among us but
something has been lost in the resurrection.
Note: Something is always lost in the resurrection, Mr. Wilson.
Look at Jesus. Where there was a man, there rose a church. Sadly,
we must accept the responsibilities thrust on us by dying: we will
be a big church with room for everybody, but will keep the clergy
to a minimum. It's a new world, alas. Cyberpublishing will make
corporate publishing obsolete. Cyberspace has evened out the playing
field. Anybody with an imagination can now manifest instantly. We
hope to add music and moving pictures to our site & book publishing
as well. America's current celebrity culture is the last gasp of
the centralized controlled media. The next wave of admirable people
will be the ones navigating cyberspace on cool wings and a big appetite.
am a neophyte to this computer thing. I can't even look at the screen
for more than 15 minutes before my eyes start to hurt. Imagine my
distress then when I discover the hallowed Corpse has gone on-line!
Well, anyway, I'm forwarding the attached garbage which I had meant,
most righteously, to print & stuff in an envelope. Enjoy.
operandi: As the subscript indicates, every word (except for a few
necessary ifs, ands or buts) originates from that stodgy organ of
independent, international reporting, the Christian Science Monitor.
I'm sure you're thinking, why not the New York Times? But I find
I can read the Monitor without getting heartburn--most days, anyway.
Plus, I feel the best way to dislodge the Times from its ill-deserved
reputation as The Newspaper of Record is simply to ignore it, just
as a sincere atheist doesn't indulge in blasphemy--undeniably an
expression of faith, however extreme. All sentences represent complete
phrases in the original except for two--the alert reader should
have no trouble picking them out--which unite phrases >from different
articles. This kind of plagiarism, of course, has by now a pretty
long pedigree; according to convention, I've not credited any of
the original authors by name, though ironically about a third of
the phrases were anonymous quotes in the original: respectable journalism
has itself become a pastiche of unnamed or euphemistic "sources."
My only fear is that it's too tame. This morning's headlines on
NPR included a squib about the wide availability of depleted-uranium
armor-piercing bullets at international arms bazaars, including
here in the USA. Seems they're legal for anyone over 18. (Can't
wait to hear Charleton Heston defending this!) $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
note: There goes faith again. Clearly, the switch from one paradigm
to another stimulates that spiritual hornet's nest at the front
of the brain. We don't use the word "paradigm" lately
because we hate it. But it fits the case. Ugly tool, does the job.
is an analysis of the appropriate kind of God for each level of
social and individual development on: http://i.am/Plexity If that interests you there
are links to more detailed stuff.
Copyediting and all that
just found your web site, thanks to Yahoo!'s Picks of the Week,
and have enjoyed reading the two pieces of this issue that I have
read so far.
I suggest, however, that your magazine could be enhanced significantly
through the efforts of a competent, diligent, thoroughly anal copyeditor/proofreader
whose mastery of English is unassailable. There were numerous stylistic
errors of the sort that compete with the content for the native-English-speaking
reader's attention. In addition, every time an apostrophe is intended,
my browser instead inserts the symbol <'><’>--e.g., <don't>
is rendered <don't>. Very distracting, don't you agree? It's
strange indeed how willing so many publishers are, initially, to
ignore the fact that online materials require the same full set
of production steps as traditional printed materials.
all this is easy enough to repair, so I thought you might value
note: Mr. Smith, we offer you Dan McNamara next time you find
just wanted to thank you
for your excellent
little ole me,
Wishing you well
wanted to welcome you aboard. I've been a fan of the print version
for a long time. Glad to know that you turned to the Web to keep
it going. As beautiful as hard copy is -- I'm afraid most small
journals may not be able to afford the publication expenses: the
web is the future. Your web version is quite attractive. Well done!
Enjoyed your first issue. Please feel free to drop by at ForPoetry
(address below). I'd like to know if you'd be interested in submitting
any work of your own for ForPoetry? We've got a great new issue
coming out August 15th -- made some changes in the poetry format,
and it's going to look terrific.
to hear from you soon.
best, Jacqueline Marcus Editor@ForPoetry.com www.FORPOETRY.com A
daily literary webzine devoted to poetry, featuring established
and new poets.
Marcus Editor@ForPoetry.com www.FORPOETRY.com
A daily literary webzine devoted to poetry, featuring established
and new poets.
was happy to see you in the afterlife of cyberspace. I wanted to
respond that death after cyberspace is microfiche.
a good journey.
Termination of Lifetime subscription
one time I had a "lifetime" subscription to the Corpse which apparently
expired a few years ago. I never received a notice that my life
or the life of the Corpse or the life of some party I am unaware
of had somehow terminated my subscription. Nevertheless I would
like to resurrect my subscription, perhaps for another "lifetime"
but do not know who to contact or how much to pay. Any help in this
matter would be greatly appreciated.
Note: Guess what? The Cybercorpse is free. However, since we have
no earthly idea how to survive without subscriptions we have created
the Corpse Mall where our
readers can buy highbrow Beanie Babies, or actually, items of rare
and instantly appreciating transcendent value.
controls the rights to my essays in EC 45 and EC 52? I would like
to post the latter on my personal web page.
Note: We only get first serial right to anything published here.
You are free to use your work any way you please. We would, of course,
of the Corpse
Codrescu: I'm having a hard time figuring out if Exquisite Corpse
is dead, alive, or if efforts toward resuscitation are still underway.
Could you enlighten me? I am interested in becoming a subscriber,
as well as in submitting work. Any prayer for either of these two
Note: In the continuation of the prayer-faith motif we invite
you to read our Guidelines. In our opinion, reading is a form of prayer.
There are others. To quote the immortal lines of Bill Knott: "People
who get down/on their knees to me/are the answers to my prayers.
you tell me if your journal considers previously published fiction,
whether electronic or print? Any other info you could provide about
your journal would also be helpful.
Note: We do not consider anything previously published, with rare
exceptions originating in this office.
Exquisite Corpse Folks:
to hear of your demise (printing-wise) and was wondering if any
back issues are available for purchase? It is wonderful to at least
have the cyberversion available...
Rheault Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: We have back issues for sale. They are five dollars each.
Make check payable to Cybercorpse, PO Box 25051, Baton Rouge, LA 70894.
I'd Like to After-Live
read the following from your web site: "We encourage you to write
us, request or propose books for review, and generally, shine with
us in the afterlife." Well, I would like to so shine. Please send
me any writerly guidelines you have, and let me know if there are
any books you would like to have reviewed.
previous reviews have appeared in the Harvard Review. Clips available
if you want them. I look forward to hearing from you.
Note: Please email us your review proposals with a brief paragraph
explaining just why The Corpse should bother. Also, in answer to Ms.
Ducan (below), we like reviews of the great & neglected. We prefer
experimental, avantgarde, and fantastic authors. We despise Psychological
Realism & reach for our guns when we hear the approach of Pop
Psychology (unescorted). Reviews should be short, 300 words or less,
or immense, depending on the subject. We pay nothing but our scale
of prestige is such that each appearance in the Cybercorpse is worth
at least five hundred quid. (escudos)
in the process of writing an electronic book about becoming a reviewer.
May I ask how long you prefer reviews to be for your magazine, what
types of reviews you use, and what your pay scale is?
information is appreciated. Thank you.
C. Duncan, M.S.L.S.
Washington Memorial Library 1180
Washington Avenue Macon,
Andrei & Laura - Welcome back.
Note: Thanks, John. And bring us Cleveland, raw! Like in the old
about the name
just been reading through the ezine - very cool
writing because I'm part of a band called 'Exquisite Corpse', which
has been quietly hanging around for just under 10 years now in Palmerson
North and Wellington, NZ - and is in very much the same vein as
obviously both been using the name Exquisite Corpse for some time,
I hope you have no problem with this continuing :)
going to be publishing a web site for the band in a few weeks, and
I would like to place a link to your site on it if you can supply
me with a suitable version of your banner logo or similar. The site
will be at http://www.nitro.gen.nz/ec/ initially (until
I can talk my wife into letting me pay for another domain name :)
will be some MP3s (or similar) on the site if you're interested
in hearing what we've got.
phone +64 4 938 7845
fax +64 4 938 7846
Tim, we're with you. Link us up. Corpses that stick together, rise
together. (The Church)
My Favorite Quotations
salesmen don't shoot Chevy salesmen." - Meyer Lansky
your friends close but your enemies even closer." - Gaetano
like to be by myself. Misery loves company." -
Antonio (Tony Ducks) Corrallo
is a fucking fag." - John Gotti
is the best bet and don't let Satan draw you too fast." - Dutch
told you a million fucking times. I don't like being called Gas
Pipe." - Anthony (Gas Pipe) Casso
boy has never wept nor dashed a thousand kim." - Dutch Schultz
doesn't pay--well, not like it used to." - Joe E. Lewis
I could go for a slice." - Peter (Fat Pete) Chiodo