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Joseph A. Domino is a an adjunct professor of Composition and Literature, at Palm Beach State College in Florida. Before that, Domino spent 30 years in the technical publications field, while penning novels and short fiction in his spare time. A third, novel, entitled Principalities of Darkness, is available on Amazon.

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Privacy Is Theft: An Orwellian Proposition That Outdoes Big Brother

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 2:50 PM

Laura Sarner's blog ("The Best Dystopian Novels Everyone Should Read" from last November) provided a comprehensive list of the popular, if depressing, genre. Richard Eggers' The Circle, published in 2013 belongs on that list. Page numbers refer to the Vintage Books paperback edition.

There are many ways to view a...

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Sentient Meat: Nihilism Is a Scream

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 7:22 AM

If you are fan of HBO's ended series True Detective, then you are familiar with nihilist detective, Russ Cohle (Matthew McConaughey). If not, picture X-Files' Fox Mulder on mescaline. Early in the series, he shares his bleak philosophy with his new partner, Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson), an average Joe type...

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Film Doubleheaders for Halloween: Plants and Pods, Gore and Guffaws

(1) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 12:49 PM

As an alternative to the standard fare of Psycho, The Exorcist and the Halloween and Friday the 13th franchises, here is my list of suggested titles which can be watched back to back, esoteric selections, if you will. Make a party of it. Turn off all the lights and substitute...

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Insomnia, Hemingway's Mouth, and the Cultural Referent

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 12:56 PM

As a college instructor of first- and second-year college students, one would think I would better occupy my time in the wee hours when I can't sleep no matter what. I should catch up reading some Proust or Noam Chomsky. But, lacking self-respect, I channel-surf and alight on the Cartoon...

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Floor Pizza and the New Mediocrity

(2) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 12:31 AM

As the quality of life continues to decline in America, I've been wracking my fevered brain for the single, perfect image to represent our downward spiraling dystopia. Like the "Grand Unification" theory sought by physicists.

There is a dark, comic film called Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006) directed by Goran...

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The Adjunct's Progress: Cyrus Duffelman, 10 Years Later

(7) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 5:27 AM

Adjunct professors rarely if ever show up in fiction, but Alex Kudera of Clemson University traced a day in the life of Cyrus Duffleman, representative of the academic underclass majority that fills most faculty slots. His long day, a mix of intellectual combat and humiliation by administrations, tenured faculty, students,...

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How to Get Away From It All by Going Nowhere: Movies

(3) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 10:58 AM

What does the outside world look like to the disturbed? Or is the question how does the outside disturbed world look to individuals trying to maintain their sanity?

For some time I've been adopting the persona of the recluse, hermit, misanthrope, getting away from it all. Because of the...

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"Scrooge, Don Draper, and Patrick Bateman Walk Into a Bar... "

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 4:48 PM

This seemingly strange, unrelated trio do indeed share an evolutionary line: Ebenezer Scrooge, Don Draper (Mad Men), and Patrick Bateman (American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis). Dickens' portrayal in bleak 19th-century London oddly is the most optimistic. Marley's ghost sounds the trumpet: "Mankind was my business." We still hear echoes...

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The Corporatization of Higher Education, Through the Eyes of an Adjunct Professor

(40) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 3:34 PM

From 2005-2006 I worked my last year (30th) as a technical writer making $65k -- nothing to sneeze at. Then one Friday morning I was summoned to my manager's office and was told my position was being eliminated. At age 54, this should have been devastating. As I packed up,...

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