Hangin' Tough

Not the Very Best of

Sure, some of our early issues might not have looked very professional and they might not have contained the best content, but we love them like a mother loves her ugly baby.

In This Issue

The Asinine Abandominium of Avondale

Grab a cup of coffee and let me share with you the strange but true David-and-Goliath tale of the abandominium, an amazing story you may tell your grandchildren someday, in which regular folks from a community stood up to the moneyed interests, a.k.a.“The Man”, and won. By Carter O’Brien

Toughness Is a Trait Valued the World Over

For the record, I am not tough. I do, however, know a legendary tough guy: Master Bob Schirmer. Unless you’re part of the so-called “no holds barred” fighting community, you’re unlikely to know who he is. By Joe Martinez

Because If You Fold

Because if you fold your clothes, if you purchase ramekins and use them, you believe you can change the world. Poetry by Andy Carter

Back Into the Fray

The first in a series of pieces sharing the experiences of a 30-year-old going back to law school after years away from the academic scene. By Sarah Petersen

Politics and the Machinery of Death

The form of execution is not the controlling or most significant flaw in the death penalty. The real cruelty, which reaches Kafkaesque proportions, lies in the court system that leads to the death chamber. By Eric Brunick and Al Dereu

The Wall

The Wall is a collection of sayings immortalized by markers and masking tape that decorated a college apartment where I lived with three other young women way back in 1991-92. By Christine Chase

The Typewriter

There was no quiet whisper of keystrokes, there was no impersonal monitor. This typewriter physically struck the page, forever changing it, with no backspacing able to erase the mark. Fiction by Julie Dereu

Two Poems

Acidic late blight pall to the reflection your face / casts via a series of well-positioned mirrors / from Chicago, where you cast about your apartment / in search of a sleeveless dress of a dream, / to New Zealand, where I am turning the corner / on my last dime. Poetry by Nick Twemlow


From the Publisher

Wave of Segregation

Katrina was really three disasters in rapid succession: the storm, the failure of the levees, and the abject failure of the government’s response. The government’s failed response was the only disaster that could have been prevented in the here and now. By Geary Yonker


Show How Much You CARE

The amount of money you might spend buying fast-food lunches for a week could help Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere provide a community with safe drinking water for a year. By Heather Egland

Spotlight Site

Wingnuts “R” Us

I find that Rense’s eclectic mixture of real journalism, odd theories, and UFO stuff is pretty fascinating. If you’re Jewish, it will likely piss you off. By Joe Martinez


The Turnaround

Ghost Pilot

Performed live on 3/19/05 at keepgoing’s Spring fundraiser party

Carter O’Brien, guitar
Mike Overmier, guitar
Geary Yonker, bass
Ryan Norsworthy, drums

Cover: © 2005, Chris Bishop

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