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August 17, The Black Road

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It’s like I woke up to a nightmare I wrote about.

I’m really not feeling good. Maybe human nature isn’t flawed. Maybe human nature is perfect and we just don’t like it.

All this violence this summer. It may be fueled by the actions of ignorant men. But even if you’re a good person, it still puts hate in your heart.

By Ashish Seth

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June 1, slimy shiny orange red brown organic something [Absence of Fear]

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A landscape of ash and smoke and embers of flame dancing in the air around heaps of shrubs on fire. Tree trunks rolled over, shift back and forth in the wind against tree stumps. Soot and dust and desert. A sky with an orange glare getting brighter red near the circle of the sun. A little way ahead of us, at a hole at the base of a hill, a fox pokes her head out and licks the air. She bobs her head up and down. Then coughs. Then whelps. Then belches out a slimy orange red brown organic something that splatters on the dirt. She shivers. Licks the air again. Her nose twitches. Sneezes.

I crouch to my knee and motion her towards us. She sees me and stares. She stares for quite a while. My brother taps my shoulder. He looks at me and shakes his head. I look back at the fox and stop motioning her. She’s still staring. I look into her eyes and the closer I look, it’s as if I can see her raised eyebrows, her black pupils. Like she’s sad. Like she’s angry. Like she’s been weeping misery. A long time.

“That’s just you thinking all poetic and melancholic like,” my brother tells me, reading my mind. “The fox doesn’t think like that. It accepts everything on pure instinct and adapts. It’s pure instinctual adaptation. Instinctual adaptation doesn’t complain. It has no conception of animal rights or any idea of a natural order of things. It just lives on.”

“But does instinctual adaptation absolve me of any sense of responsibility for all of this? For what we’ve done?” I ask.

“That’s just your mind guilting you for not preserving life the way it was when you got it. Change is more natural than things staying the same. We can’t be afraid of change. We can’t be afraid to change things,” he tells me.

The fox goes back into her hole.

I poke the dirt covered earth with my finger. It crusts and crumbles. I look back at the fires burning all around us, oil geysers spraying out like lawn sprinklers, tree branches igniting in the distance like firework sparklers. I check the oxygen levels in my suit. I look at my brother and say.

“Is this what life becomes in the absence of fear?”

By Ashish Seth

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April 25, The Wuf [Soundtrack]

The Wuf: A Soundtrack to an Unmade Movie
Directed by Ashish Seth

Tell a story with ten songs.

Genre: Spaghetti Western

Plot: In the midst of American Western Expansion, a young Algonquin man sees his people cheated, robbed and killed. In response, he becomes a masked vigilante and hunts down any who encroach his people’s lands. Using brutal methods passed down by the ancestors, he becomes a legend known to all as the Wuf, a symbol of hope and fear. As his legend and notoriety grows, a former sheriff gets together four cowboys and a playwright in order to write and perform a play about the Wuf in the new establishment of Elsmire, Illinois, his goal, to lure the Wuf into town and bring him to justice for the murder of his wife and children.

Soundtrack Playlist <– Click here to listen.

1. A Tribe Called Red – electric pow wow drum
2. Blur – Caravan
3. Portishead – Cowboys
4. Gonjasufi – Ancestors
5. Jose Gonzalez – Far Away
6. Flying Lotus – Zodiac Shit
7. Tricky – Keep Your Mouth Shut
8. Eskmo – Cloudlight
9. Burial – Forgive
10. Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse – Revenge (feat. The Flaming Lips)

By Ashish Seth

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March 8, Citrus Supernova

Every little fear is a little freedom gone.

By Ashish Seth