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"'It's a three-front war, ' a U.S. official said of the FSA rebels' fight" - Nour Malas, WSJ 18 September, 2013 You ever thought about what the fundamentalists are really afraid of? The answer isn't guns. Look at them: almost begging to be shot... death in the battlefield delivers them to the gates of Heaven faster than you'll be able to say, "Dum." "We won't be intimidated by thugs," they answer from their moral higher ground. They believe in the Apocalypse and the Anti-Christ... and maybe that is exactly what they deserve. Let's give it to them. Patti Smith, having raised photographer Robert Mapplethorpe from the dead, wants to stage a performance of La Chasse spirituelle, the lost manuscript of Arthur Rimbaud's. She hasn't discovered it, of course, she's winging it. But Mapplethorpe has other interests - namely, Syria. A mysterious love interest of Smith's from the pharmacy joins the loony couple, who are in for a very special treat. STUN was written out of respect for Russell Crowe in Gladiator, answering his call, "On my mark, unleash Mapplethorpe." ___ They came to see a rendition of that lost masterpiece, La Chasse spirituelle... What they got instead: That vile photographer, back from the dead. It is so depressing! And it won't sell! Luckily, there's a touching love story between Patti Smith and a boy from the pharmacy. It's unreal. Dead bodies just don't heal. Neither do souls full of holes.
It would soon be Christmas and Harry Kenton, at his desk in the Pendleton Academy, saw the snow falling heavily outside. The school stood on the skirt of the town, and the forest came down to the edge of the playing field. The great trees, oak and ash and elm, were clothed in white, and they stood out a vast and glittering tracery against the somber sky.
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