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Sandor Jaszberenyi

  BANANA SPLIT   With the leftover beer I washed down two pills. I took Xanax to help me sleep. The first few weeks it...
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Friday Pick: Sandor Jaszberenyi’s “The Devil is a Black Dog”

The response that arises from his feverish brain really isn’t all that different from the long literary tradition of the westerner coming to Asia or Africa in search of truth and spiritual clarity, except that these are far more dangerous times and he has come to their most dangerous places, finding a kind of Zen at the barrel of a Kalashnikov.

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Sandor Jaszberenyi: SOMEWHERE ON THE BORDER

“I should have been a killer,” said Marwan. “I’d have been a good one, don’t you think?” “No, I don’t think you’d have been a good one. You’re too sensitive.” “This is true. But I should have at least given it a try.”

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Sandor Jaszberenyi: THE DEVIL IS A BLACK DOG

“What brings you here, Abdul Muhyee” asked my host. “And where is your clan?” “The devil has come to the hills,” said the boy. That was the first time I heard about the black dog.

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M. Henderson Ellis

  KEEPING BEDLAM AT BAY IN THE PRAGUE CAFÉ (an excerpt) Not long ago, John Shirting--quiet young Chicagoan, wizard of self-medication--held down a beloved...

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