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kanan dume


is a coursing river of power that bisects malibu with a flume of evaporative gasoline and a vein of pulsating steel. pistons pump with the force of thousands of horses, and kanan dume pulses with innumerable internal combustions per second. The internal combustion engine is the nucleus that holds sheer force, sheer power, upon which this utterly serene suburban society is draped. In stillness, our world’s steel heart pounds. 


A bonsai salesman yawns and strokes the tips of a jade tree. 


The dj on 91.5 selects a morceaux de fantasie- this afternoon’s track to quell road rage. My speakers crackle serenely. I alternate between the hypnotic pulse of 50 cent’s hate it or love it and the piano fantasie. 50 Cent is the true sound of kanan dume; an unflinching declaration of presence and power contained by an even, rhythmic time signature- or is it the piano composition- whose every chord is laid witih a deft precision and languid timing, where negative space is fraught with potential energy…


birds of the hunt twirl lazily through air to perch in Italian cypresses.


I stand on a boulder in the slipstream of the highway, and feel the rhythmic whip of aftercurrents against my face, feel my hair rustle and twist in wind-drawn strands against my neck, then flow out again behind me in the current. 

A+HRRA award summer 2023

The Summer 2023 Arts + Human Rights Research Award will be open to submissions this summer (approx. 14:51 UTC June 21 2023 - 06:50 UTC September 23rd 2023). The topic of the Summer 2023 A+HRRA is AI, Computer Logic, and Human Rights. 


th_Eroses, an arts publication, is awarding $100 for a work of artistic / literary research that addresses or concerns human rights in conjunction with this season's topic, AI, Computer Logic, and Human Rights. The term 'research' here is intended to indicate the process of creation, exploration, and discovery, rather than the compiling of archival facts and/or materials, although the compiling of archival facts and/or materials may be a part of the process of exploration and discovery, or a part of the process of shaping the path or direction of discovery. This is intended to be an open-ended premise, to support the range of work that may occur in artists' and writers' unique processes. 


From the UN: 


"What Are Human Rights? Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination."


Successful submissions may, but are not required to, focus on investigative, process-based exploration and material discovery. Successful submissions may couple rigorous (or subjective) analysis with documentation of investigative, process-based exploration and discovery. Submissions do not need to be factual; forms of literary fiction, subjective expression, abstraction, choreography, and/or non-narrative presentations will be considered as well. Submissions in all languages and media are welcomed. 


The goal of this award is to amplify artistic voices that inquisitively and critically approach the pressing issues of our time, to create a habitat where a unique form of creative journalism can thrive, and to provide th_Eroses readers with artistic / literary insights into key issues.


Please note: If your work is submitted and selected for the award, you consent to the publication of your submitted work by th_Eroses now and in the future. Not all submissions will win the award; there may be one submission chosen, or multiple submissions, or none of the submissions. Selected submissions will receive an email of acceptance and next steps. 


Please submit work to with "Entry: Arts + Human Rights Research Award" in the subject line.

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