Volume II, Issue IV Winter 2003

Culture, Politics and Technology

You'd think we'd be too busy with the holidays and all to even keep up with technology and culture. But we are Turbula Nation, and we shall not be so easily swayed from our mission.

In this issue:

The Turbula Essay:

Lost angels and the search for something real
'The Day of the Locust' revisited
By Jamie Reno

What I would tell my student writers
By Duff Brenna

Tech Central Station never had a soul to sell
By Bradley J. Fikes

Kuta Cowboys and the art of the pickup
By Jacqueline Zhang

Book Review — "Please Don't Kill the Freshman"
Review by Brenda Fine

The Smoking Section
Notes on the news

From the Bleachers
Observations on the sports world

Jamie Reno takes a fresh look at "The Day of the Locust" (both book and movie), and finds that L.A. hasn't changed much over the years.

Brad Fikes levels a full broadside into Tech Central Station – which posed as an outpost of Libertarian thought and journalism, only to be unmasked as a front for a p.r. outfit with Microsoft on its client rolls.

Jackie Zhang again graces our pages (her short story "Rosalina" was one of the most popular items in our Spring 2003 issue), this time with an ironic look at gigolos in paradise.

Brenda Fine also returns (see the Spring 2003 issue and check out her poem "The Maiden's Sin") with a withering review of the best-selling "Please Don't Kill the Freshman." Don't wave hype in front of Brenda – it just goads her ...

And Duff Brenna returns with another essay on the challenges of trying to make a living as a writer.

And of course we mock, taunt and even occasionally praise everyone and everything in The Smoking Section, while waxing poetic and nostalgic over sports in From the Bleachers.

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