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Look Away And Into A Book

by Douglas Robert Turek

Look away, and into a book.
Your favorite tv shows can wait,
then umbrella them on a rainy day
and pour yourself into their soup.

Look away, and into a book.
The internet will be here forever,
remember every damn thing until
they put the whole of it into a pill.
You’ll pop one in the morning and know everything.

Look away, and into a book.
Magazines lie to your pretty face.
They tell you they have secrets, but they are
fourteen pages of cliches with a hundred pages of ads
trying to claw your eyeballs out.

Look away, and into a book.
Even music is a siren of time,
it will lure you onto rocks
and roll you for your wallet.
Plug your ears with pages.

Look away, and into a book.
Its hundreds of pairs of waiting arms
are tattooed with temptations,
fabled and enabled, with lions and
other admirals swordfights on moons
and jam and affairs and slight
lemonlike turns of phrase,
so sweet, like poems
so bitter, like an old hurt letter,
faintly vanilla empires
Lignin Romes, falling but
releasing their secrets and scents
the pheromones of the belly of culture
the mating signal to your eyes
which cavort and linger
which tear up while your quivering hands
press hard like staunching a wound
or embracing a lover
you will end up drunk on the story
and head rattled, you will look away
to the rest of the real world
and it will look different.
Look away, and in through a book.

Reblogged from clintisiceman  17 notes

clintisiceman:

Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, Tina Turner, David Boowie, Prince, Madonna, Huey Lewis & The News, The Cars, Herbie Hancock, Bonnie Tyler, ZZ Top, Weird Al Yankovic, Cyndi Looper, Pink Floyd, The Pretenders, Billy Joel, Billy Idol, Elton John, Neil Young, Sheena Easton, John Lennon, The Alan Parsons Project, Rick Springfield, The Rolling Stones, Pat Benetar, Hall and Oates, Adam Ant, Queen, John Cougar Mellencamp, Fleetwood Mac, Duran Duran, Police, Eurythmics, Culture Club including Boy George, Kenny Rogers, Stevie Wonder, Julio Iglesias and Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Dean Martin, Kiss, and we especially call for the judgment in this hour and the destroying of rock music directed specifically against children and working specifically through these individuals for whom we call for the judgment in the sacred fire in this hour before the throne of almighty God.

A classic.  Negativland are worth listening to.

  • Track: Michael Jackson
  • Artist: Negativland
  • Album: Escape from Noise
  • Plays: 21
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startraveller776:

huffingtonpost:

When did doing something ‘like a girl’ become an insult?

Watch the full Always commercial that seeks to answer this question.

The part that gets me is at the end of the commercial, when they ask one of the first ladies if she had a chance to do her demonstration of “running like a girl” over again, what would she do differently and she says, “I would run like myself.” I legit cried.

I have a daughter.  Girls can do anything.  Any. Thing.  Trust me.  (you’ll probably vote for her one day- just sayin’)

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turntechgoddamnit:

sweetpulp:

snager-dragon:

dr-dos:

I’ve been seeing a lot of Scooby Doo on my dash lately. My friend discovered what he describes as “Shaggy eviscerating an ape”

the kind where the left foot turns into the right foot

whats hilarious to me is that the animator paid so much attention to things that dont matter (where the ape particles are going, ect) and so little attention to things that do (the head and arms and platform of the ape float themselves offscreen? shaggy is moving like hes underwater?? THE APE DISINTEGRATES LIKE WET PAPIER MACHE??)

Ape Particles

Hypnotic!  I could watch this all day long.  Maybe Scooby Doo is like Rashomon but we’re not told that.  We just get this oddly edited together mishmash of what each character remembers, so Fred always remembers how the real culprit wasn’t a ghost at all but Shaggy remembers the dog talking.  Velma and Daphne remember enough of the real parts of the story so the whole thing hangs together narratively.  In this gif, it’s all Shaggy’s drug addled memory.  That’s why things just move of their own accord and parts just float away like he was underwater.  He was high as a kite.  Don’t forget, this is the guy who regularly eats dog food treats with his dog.  Forgetting which limb was where?  That’s just not the point, man.  There was an ape suit that needed fighting into or out of or through.  Maybe I should stop watching arty foreign films and revisit Scooby Doo.

turntechgoddamnit:

sweetpulp:

snager-dragon:

dr-dos:

I’ve been seeing a lot of Scooby Doo on my dash lately. My friend discovered what he describes as “Shaggy eviscerating an ape”

the kind where the left foot turns into the right foot

whats hilarious to me is that the animator paid so much attention to things that dont matter (where the ape particles are going, ect) and so little attention to things that do (the head and arms and platform of the ape float themselves offscreen? shaggy is moving like hes underwater?? THE APE DISINTEGRATES LIKE WET PAPIER MACHE??)

Ape Particles

Hypnotic!  I could watch this all day long.  Maybe Scooby Doo is like Rashomon but we’re not told that.  We just get this oddly edited together mishmash of what each character remembers, so Fred always remembers how the real culprit wasn’t a ghost at all but Shaggy remembers the dog talking.  Velma and Daphne remember enough of the real parts of the story so the whole thing hangs together narratively.  In this gif, it’s all Shaggy’s drug addled memory.  That’s why things just move of their own accord and parts just float away like he was underwater.  He was high as a kite.  Don’t forget, this is the guy who regularly eats dog food treats with his dog.  Forgetting which limb was where?  That’s just not the point, man.  There was an ape suit that needed fighting into or out of or through.  Maybe I should stop watching arty foreign films and revisit Scooby Doo.