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of wail and toil, my home’s a castle
my land’s the kingdom of brothel
i’m the king of poverty
the leader of misery
amongst all, only the kanglasha has hidden its tail
for the cartons of blood and lies that i wholesale
care about nothing, see nothing and live and die for anything
no, nothing, maybe anything—and this is the song I always sing

The Flying Soul

A translation of Thangjam Ibopishak’s Meiteilon poem Apaiba Thawai from the anthology of the same name; the first edition was published in November 1969 and the second in 1997

One day
It was at the foot of the bridge at Keishampat
Amongst the cows and scattering neck-deep scraps and wastes
I saw a woman whose whole body was all covered but her face
I saw her and I was taken aback!
Her face was pale |
A few strands of hair spread on her head ||
Misery was written all over her visible flesh
Slowly she raised her frail arms and called me ||
But I ignored her
        There she was
        She had been waiting just for me | for eternity ||
And she asked me: ‘Do you know where you are going?
Do you even know your destination?’
        Vehicles and cars and buses and trucks
        And cycles and rickshaws
On the bridge those cut through || Several people moved through too
From that street skirting the bridge | the dust raged
It cut and ran along the direction of the wind ||
        My soul was like a torn…

Shout Loud. Aloud

A collection of random political slogans on revolution, rebellion, resistance and more

The Essential Albert Camus

Albert Camus (1913–1960), Author, journalist, playwright

Albert Camus was a French-Algerian writer best known for his absurdist works, including The Stranger (1942) and The Plague (1947). He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957.
Text: bio.

Leon: The Essential

Leon Trotsky 
A Marxist revolutionary and theorist, Soviet politician, and the founder and first leader of the Red Army

Leon Trotsky helped ignite the Russian Revolution of 1917, and built the Red Army afterward. He was exiled and later assassinated by Soviet agents.

Born Lev Davidovich Bronshtein on November 7, 1879, Leon Trotsky’s revolutionary activity as a young man spurred his first of several ordered exiles to Siberia. He waged Russia’s 1917 revolution alongside Vladimir Lenin. As commissar of war in the new Soviet government, he helped defeat forces opposed to Bolshevik control. As the Soviet government developed, he engaged in a power struggle against Joseph Stalin, which he lost, leading to his exile again and, eventually, his murder.

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The Essential Groucho Marx

Comedian and film actor Groucho Marx (1890–1977) was one of the Marx Brothers. He spent nearly seven decades making people laugh with his snappy one-liners and sharp wit. “He developed the insult into an art form,” The New York Times mused on his death. “And he used the insult, delivered with maniacal glee, to shatter the egos of the pompous  and to plunge his audience into helpless laughter.”
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Ten of the best quotes from the wit master

Home In

But home is where the hatred is.

Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
They have to take you in.
—Robert Frost, The Death of the Hired Man


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