Toshikyu Railways Bicycle Parking, Office #73

Hidetaka worked at Toshikyu-Chuo Station on the Toshikyu Railways Green Line in Kanagawa, Japan. The station was in the suburbs, and only local trains stopped there. Most people rode their bikes to the station, took the train two stops north, then transferred to a rapid express that would take them into their offices in southern Tokyo much more quickly. Because of the sheer number of daily commuters, the eastern edge of the train tracks at Toshikyu-Chuo Station was sided with rows upon rows of bicycle parking. Bike racks were stacked on top of bike racks, each adorned with a number.

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Legends of Love and Luck – Chapter Four

Xiu Wen walked through the forest in search of a certain herb that would grant her husband Hurly-Burly the speed necessary to reach the Red Capital in a certain amount of time. Suddenly, she was caught in a spider web.

Legends of Love and Luck is a collaborative epic novel composed by Balckwell and Hoober, for publication on the Soup Web Zone. It is inspired by Classical Chinese Novels such as Journey to the West, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and Bandits of the Water-Margin. Odd-numbered chapters will be composed by Balckwell, and even-numbered chapters by Hoober. We hope you enjoy the result.

Chapter Four

Xiu Wen and Distant Octopus Converge Inside the Green Onion Forest /

Infidel Carbonate and Burly-Hurly Converge Outside the GreyTown Garbage Heap

Xiu Wen walked through the forest in search of a certain herb that would grant her husband Hurly-Burly the speed necessary to reach the Red Capital in a certain amount of time. Suddenly, she was caught in a spider web. In the resulting confusion, she felt a hand reach out to grab her, and heard someone say the name “Distant Octopus.” With her renowned wits and quick mind, Xiu Wen easily deduced that the speaker was none other than her old friend, Distant Octopus.

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A Plagueworld Note on Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism

Two events occurred of which their coincidence really fucked me up.

The first was really an ongoing circumstance. It’s of course the current coronavirus pandemic, which has sent the world spiraling into a hellish state it’ll maybe never recover from. I’m fortunate enough to still have a job, which, like many others, I am now doing from home. In my case, I’m an English teacher for an English conversation company in Japan, so I am teaching lessons over zoom.

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Secrets from the Soup Web #1

This is what you shouldn’t know.

The brain is a bowl of noodles, obviously. Whenever you think, the noodles squirm around and squeak past each other, but it’s all a mess. It’s blind chaos without understanding.

But sometimes, when some higher being gets hungry, our noodles are turned around their otherworldly fork, imposing a strict order — all noodles facing a singular direction, spiraling into the mouth, and we see the truth of the world.

This is to ascend the Soup Web Zone. But we must not give in and wait for the whims of hunger. We must impose our own understanding. This blog is a fork, or a pair of chopsticks, or even an index finger and thumb in pinching position. Let us eat our fill from the noodle bowl in our own brain, and then we can truly understand.

Legends of Love and Luck – Chapter Two

Legends of Love and Luck is a collaborative epic novel composed by Balckwell and Hoober, for publication on the Soup Web Zone. It is inspired by Classical Chinese Novels such as Journey to the WestRomance of the Three Kingdoms, and Bandits of the Water-Margin. Odd-numbered chapters will be composed by Balckwell, and even-numbered chapters by Hoober. We hope you enjoy the result. 

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Kyle When He Was Human

Kyle when he was human killed ten-thousand bugs. Many by accident, to be sure, but many on purpose as well. Not out of cruelty, but because he just wanted them out of his house. Stomping, crushing, swatting, poisoning, flushing down the toilet. Kyle often saw others take a bug who had wandered in back outside. He had done the same thing every now and then, but generally if there was a bug inside, it was going to die.

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