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The POEMobile Hits Bridgeport Arts Fest on July 13

By Mercurial Staff

  On Saturday, July 13 at 8:30pm, the POEMobile, a beautifully hand-painted truck covered in multilingual poetry that houses an innovative, open-air text projection system, will visit Bridgeport’s Arts Fest. Led by poetry ambassador Shanna T. Melton, Bridgeport’s best and brightest poets will perform along… Read more »


Word of the Monday: “Ullage”

Amanda Bloom

  ullage |ˈəlij| noun the amount by which a container falls short of being full.     -loss of liquid by evaporation or leakage. ORIGIN late Middle English : from Anglo-Norman French ulliage, from Old French euillier ‘fill up,’ based on Latin oculus ‘eye’ (with… Read more »

The newest book from the Danbury, Connecticut-based publisher For Beginners: 'Gender & Sexuality For Beginners,' written by Jaimee Garbacik and illustrated by Jeffrey Lewis.

A Timely Book: Gender & Sexuality For Beginners

Rebecca DiFabbio

  Gender & Sexuality For Beginners, written by Jaimee Garbacik and illustrated by Jeffrey Lewis, was just released to stores worldwide on June 11. For Beginners is a Danbury, Connecticut-based illustrated documentary nonfiction book series that tackles a variety of subjects—from architecture to Plato to Ayn… Read more »

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Word(s) of the Monday: “surveillance state”

Joshua L. Durkin

  surveillance: close observation, especially of a suspected spy or criminal state: 1 the particular condition that someone or something is in at a specific time; [in singular] (a state) an agitated or anxious condition. 2 a nation or territory considered as an organized political… Read more »

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Word(s) of the Monday (on Tuesday): “White Noise”

Joshua L. Durkin

  White 1 resembling a surface reflecting sunlight without absorbing any of the visible rays; of the color of milk or fresh snow. 2 approaching such a color; pale esp. in the face. 3 less dark than other things of the same kind. Noise 1… Read more »

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Word of the Wednesday, May 1, 2013: “Real”

Amanda Bloom

    real adjective actually existing as a thing or occurring in fact; not imagined or supposed : Julius Caesar was a real person | a story drawing on real events | her many illnesses, real and imaginary. • used to emphasize the significance or… Read more »

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Word of the Monday, April 15, 2013: “small beer”

Amanda Bloom

  small beer noun 1 chiefly Brit. a thing that is considered unimportant : even with $10,000 to invest, you are still small beer for most stockbrokers. 2 archaic weak beer.   Small beer – another way to say no big deal, small potatoes, mole… Read more »


Word of the Monday, April 8. 2013: “Sequester”

Joshua L. Durkin

  sequester  verb [ trans. ] 1 isolate or hide away (someone or something) : Tiberius was sequestered on an island | the artist sequestered himself in his studio for two years. •2 take legal possession of (assets) until a debt has been paid or… Read more »

'Eeyore's Little Book of Gloom' by A.A. Milne, illustrated by E.H. Shepard.

Word of the Monday, April 1, 2013: “Eeyorish”

Amanda Bloom

  It’s always interesting when an instance of pop culture or slang cements itself into our dictionaries.  Some recent notables include “f-bomb,” “man cave,” and “sexting.”   Today’s Word of the Monday can be credited to A.A. Milne, the author of the  1920s Winnie-the-Pooh series.  His lovable,… Read more »

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Award-Winning Latino Author To Speak in Bridgeport

Mercurial Staff

  Award-winning author Sergio Troncoso, the son of Mexican immigrants who grew up on the outskirts of El Paso, will speak at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Thursday, April 4.   Troncoso draws on his life experience for many of his works – From This Wicked… Read more »

A cell from Marjane Satrapi's 'Persepolis,' an autobiographical graphic novel about her cildhood growing up in Iran. The book has been removed from some Chicago Public Schools curricula.

‘Persepolis’ Banned From Chicago Public School Systems?

Marcie Gainer

  The nation’s third largest school system, Illinois’ Chicago Public Schools (CPS), seems to be in the news a lot these days. Because of budget issues, CPS has recently planned to shut down 61 school buildings, affecting more than 30,000 kids – mostly students in… Read more »

What do rapper Aesop Rock and Olivia Newtown-John have in common? "Xanadu."

Word of the Monday – March 25, 2013

Jeff Aylward

  Howdy folks! I’ll be serving you up tasty Words of the Monday because your Monday is exactly one word short. Always. So we’re going to fix that with duct tape and, pal(s).   The Word of the Monday is:   xanadu noun. A… Read more »


The Insider – Part 17

Joseph Benedict

  “You sure it’s safe here?” Russel asked as the elevator doors pinched shut behind him and his son.   Their well-dressed host turned and lifted his arm to indicate the wide hallway walled with polished oak and the opulent penthouse suite spread out beyond… Read more »

A new column on The Mercurial, 'Word of the Monday,' debuts with "oneiroparonomastician."

Word of the Monday – March 18, 2013

Joshua L. Durkin

  Oneiroparonomastician noun   An Englishman writing about an Irishman, who was without doubt one of the great literary influences of the twentieth century, and all centuries for that matter, coined one of the more interesting words I’ve come across.   “Oneiroparonomastician,” or “dream-pun-namer,” is… Read more »


The Insider – Part 16

Joseph Benedict

  Fang kept her hands low and steady, wondering if the martial arts or whatever she had done at to the guards and the men who had tried to take her would kick in. She didn’t feel any sudden impulses to whip around and chop… Read more »


Hogarth Hogs the Spotlight

Michael Iovino

  British painter William Hogarth is known for being the most honest artist of 18th century. His depictions of so-called “modern moral subjects” were crude, yet nothing was capable of capturing the repugnant reality of East London in more vivid detail. Hogarth’s portrayal of the… Read more »


Book Review: I Want My MTV


  For those of you that have forgotten or are too young to remember, MTV (formerly Music Television; they changed it to MTV a few years ago) was a network consisting almost solely of music videos, music-related programming, and not much else. As the many,… Read more »

Growing Hops

Homebrewing Expert Pens ‘For the Love of Hops’

The Brewers Association

  Centuries ago, brewers discovered the potential of an unassuming flower growing on vines. Now, it’s nearly impossible to find a beer without hops, which is why Brewers Publications tapped beer and homebrewing expert Stan Hieronymus to pen For the Love of Hops: The Practical Guide to… Read more »

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Book and Beverage #1: ‘Fjords vol. 1′ & a Michelada

John Downes-Angus

    1. SURREALISM, MEXICAN HANGOVER CURES, AND CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN SURREALIST POETRY     Andre Breton said: “Existence is elsewhere.” He also said: “I believe in the pure Surrealist joy of the man who, forewarned that all others before him have failed, refuses to admit… Read more »

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Write living

Atom Rush

  Seems distant to believe We grow anymore Just endure velvet Stars in a moonless night Write living Focus my energy for attitude To change to grow Vicious moments lost in time And I awake everyday On a mattress with no sheet In the soft… Read more »