Sam Kriss

Sam Kriss is a writer living in London. His work has appeared in various publications. He blogs at samkriss.wordpress.com and tweets at @sam_ kriss

    BENGHAZI

    by Sam Kriss

    krasinski2-xlargeAmericans are afraid of Benghazi. The name, just by itself, sounds out an organised assault on Western values. BEN, the comforting tonal balance of a just and ordered world; Ben Johnson, Ben Franklin, Ben Kenobi. The sudden jolt of GHA, a descent into chaos, its throaty foreign consonant, its vowel trailing away into nothingness like a scream in a raging sandstorm. Finally ZI, total madness. Interstellar incoherence, the scrapyard of broken lines at the distant tail-end of the alphabet, cuneiforms leaking a viscous significance from the fractures in their exoskeletons. BENGHAZI. A horror story in three acts.

    The question is, who wrote it?

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    12 Theses on the Theory of Astrology

    by Sam Kriss

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    ARIES (March 21-April 20)

    Things are looking better for you, Aries, but you’re not out of the woods yet. Saturn, the star of melancholy, paralysis, and ill health, is in transit across your ninth house, where it will remain until December 2017. While the long stretch of involuntary abstinence and familial disintegration that dominated the period from mid-June to late September is coming to a close, with this shift new problems may emerge. Now is a good time to start a new relationship, although it will quickly become tedious. Saturn rules your career sector; under this baleful alignment, places and positions that once felt comfortable may begin to close in around you. If you’re in work, the oppressiveness of your job will no longer be felt in brief, searing jolts of late-night misery, but as a constant suffocating hum. If you’re unemployed, ceilings will feel lower, walls closer, and you may find it entirely impossible to go outside. You’re likely to have an increasing desire to travel but pointless daily routine has come to dominate every area of your life, and escape will be impossible. Now is a time for self-reflection and self-discovery: tunnel deep down inside yourself, slam tight every door to the outside world, and wait out the storm. You’ll emerge wiser, calmer, and more self-assured. Speak to as few people as possible. Remember, everything happens for a reason.

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