One Punk’s Guide to “The Dark Ages” by Billups Allen

One Punk's Guide to the Dark Ages

Much like the term “new wave,” serious people will not acknowledge your discussion of “The Dark Ages” without trying to convince you not to use the term. It’s hard to ignore the period of roughly four hundred years after the fall of the Western Roman Empire when very little progress was made in science and literature. People struggled year-round just to feed themselves. If you weren’t royalty or one of the very few who had money, raw survival was your main concern.

The Busker Part One, a short story by John Miskelly

The Busker Part One, a short story by John Miskelly illo by Steve Thueson

An immigrant story.

One Punk’s Guide to the Films of Pedro Almodovar by Billups Allen

One Punk’s Guide to the Films of Pedro Almodovar by Billups Allen

Almodovar films are an unyielding orgasm of color and anarchy. His movies are simultaneously an exploration and cannibalism of genre. Almodovar stuck with his vision through an obstacle course of financial barriers, making an astoundingly minimal number of compromises. There is not a film he created solely for a paycheck and not a frame of his work that is not worth seeing.

One Punk’s Guide to a Vegan Diet by Todd Taylor

One Punk's Guide to a Vegan Diet by Todd Taylor

Todd Taylor is the co-founder and executive director of Razorcake. Over ten years ago, he was diagnosed with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Instead of taking pills, the self-professed “cheap bastard and hungry person” went on a long health journey and found a way to eat responsibly and cheaply.

Citizenship Test, a short story by John Miskelly

A heartwarming father and son human rights atrocity.

One Punk’s Guide to Crime Novels by Sean Carswell

The punk and the noir I love are working class art movements. They have deep veins of anti-authoritarianism and anti-capitalism. They exist at and for those of us who prefer to live in the margins.

One Punk’s Guide to Free Jazz by Mike Faloon

Much of the best punk exists beyond the common narrative. The same holds true for jazz.

“The weirdos of America have always been ignored but have always made great shit happen.” –Taylor Ho Bynum

Surfin’ USA 2039, a short story by John Miskelly

A near-future surf tour through the new cyberocracy.

Escape Room, a short story by John Miskelly

A pitch in short story form for a risky but potentially lucrative business venture.

One Punk’s Guide to Electronic Music Pioneer and Disco Producer Patrick Cowley by Billups Allen

During his short career, he released electrocuted versions of rock’n’roll, morose electronic masterpieces, and quality pornographic soundtracks. But Cowley is best known as a disco producer who broadened the definition of electronic dance music.