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Manners and customs

Greetings

By Jon Cotner, from issue 5 of Gigantic magazine. Cotner is an artist and poet who teaches at Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn. The following lines are spoken by participants in…

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Polite Brigade

From A Brochure for Comprehending the Cultures of the Coalition Forces, a twenty-eight-page pamphlet published by the Afghan Ministry of Defense and distributed to Afghan troops. Translated from the Dari…

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Operation Dessert Storm

From source material quoted by al-Khatib al-Baghdadi, an eleventh-century scholar, in his humorous survey of Islamic scholarship concerning uninvited guests. Selections from the Art of Party-Crashing in Medieval Iraq, abridged and translated…

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