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Ben Hsu

Just a human being doing human being things.

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Blog · Essay · Nonfiction · Political
Me Doth Think The Left Doesn't Protest Enough

  Wednesday, January 20, 2021 was a huge day for the USA. Sure, there was the whole deal about ousting a mutant Cheeto from public office, but here in Portland, Oregon we also experienced another incident between protestors and federal forces. This was just hours after President Joe Biden was sworn in. Now, there's a…

Blog · Essay · LGBTQ · Political
Fixing Monopoly

I was thinking about the game Monopoly, you know the game that was initially conceived to highlight how terrible capitalism is? I realized that the game has, built into its core ruleset, the idea of universal basic income. Pass go, collect 200 dollars. Well, as a staunch capitalist that believes in real freedom that won't…

Blog · Essay · LGBTQ · Nonfiction · Political
Unslipping the Slippery Slopes

Something's been bothering me about recent attempted coup at the US capital (beyond all the normal anxiety a violent coup causes) and I've finally figured out the problem. Many of the arguments being used against the insurrectionists parallel the arguments the right has repeated used against the minority communities to which I belong. Specifically, I'm…

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Fantasy · Fiction · Flash Fiction · Heavy Handed Parable · Modern Fantasy
The Cuckoo

"Cuckoo, cuckoo!" The Cuckoo cried. His bright orange plumage flowed behind him, catching the sunlight just so. The people flocked to him, tripping over themselves to give him their riches. He'd grow fat on the wealth of faraway lands and promised to show the people his ways. Soon the riches of the people dwindled. Angry,…

Flash Fiction · Nonfiction
Night Dreams

We amble into the place just after 2:16 in the morning, like we always did, like we always had.  The florescent lights beam down on us, and a freshly mopped floor waits for us to trample dirt into the pale white linoleum.  Past the linoleum a puce carpet holds a crowded cluster of faux wooden…

Fantasy · Fiction · Short Story
The Darkness and The Light

I finally found her nailed to an oak.  It always amazes me what lengths humans will go through to torture one another.  Her blood and tears mixed together as they ran down her bare body, forming and reforming little rivulets, inlets and streams.  Near where the cold iron spikes drove themselves through her ankles and…

Essay · Fiction · Modern Fantasy
Quandry

One morning I woke up and needed eggs, not wanted eggs, or even had to have eggs, needed them.  It was as if eating eggs had suddenly become an integral part of my life; I needed to breath, drink water, sleep, and eat eggs.  I’d call it an addiction, but I’ve never been addicted to…