7 definitions by Dusty Cioffi

A student, archivist, and author of popular fiction. A quixotic hero. Eschews paradox in favor of imposing a coherent, and therefore false, narrative interpretation of the past. Still, without historians we would be even more clueless about our intellectual, political, social, and economic context. Historians create the narratives that shape our sense of heritage and our perception of "who we are." The study of history is therefore both futile and vital.
"Historian - a broad-gauge gossip." -Ambrose Bierce
"History does not repeat itself. Historians repeat each other." -Arthur Balfour
by Dusty Cioffi May 06, 2008
A moment of illumination; a chance to reexamine/reconsider one's approach. A necessary byproduct of risk. See also: opportunity.
Failure:

"No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." -Samuel Beckett

Alfred Pennyworth: Took quite a fall, didn't we, Master Bruce?
Thomas Wayne: And why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up. -"Batman Begins"
by Dusty Cioffi May 06, 2008
A sub-form of haiku, which similarly follows a strict 5-7-5 syllable count. Unlike haiku, fratku do not have to be about nature or impermanence. They are typically humorous, or at least attempt to be. Common themes include drinking, drug use, sex, and making fun of others. Fratku can be found on the bathroom walls of certain fraternity houses and on the discussion boards of social networking sites.
Sample fratku:

Double Entendres:
A lone comma changes all
Come on her, pussy!

Old E I love thee-
your taste is smooth and golden
and you're cheap as shit.
by Dusty Cioffi May 01, 2008
A horizontal stem of a plant that is usually found underground, often sending out roots and shoots from its nodes. Students of Naropa University are obsessed with the rhizome, as it fulfills their dual lust for metaphor and salad.
"Rhizome, an underground stem bearing roots and flowers, and a postructuralist metaphor for nomadic traits, is a trope that Anne Waldman exploits to describe hybrid, cross-genre poetics and intuitive constellations." It also makes a decent tea.
by Dusty Cioffi May 06, 2008
A sub-form of fratku, which is itself a variant of haiku. A three-line poem about marijuana. Must follow a strict 5-7-5 syllable count.
Sample high-ku:

Herbal remedy:
Rid yourself of all your ills.
Then laugh your ass off.

I love the U.S.,
it’s as perfect as I, though
not nearly so high.
by Dusty Cioffi May 06, 2008
A nebulous term for anything so bizarre, so brain-imploding insane it defies all description or categorization. Also a form of wrestling.
Adj: "Last night's jello orgy was so deathmonkey!"
Verb: "I totally deathmonkeyed that sonnet." "Hey baby, let's deathmonkey."
Noun: "Beware the deathmonkey."
Exclamation: "DEATHMONKEY!!!!!"
by Dusty Cioffi May 06, 2008
Depends on what end of the pen you're looking at it from
I recently dreamed that the ghost of a woman who used to live in my apartment visited my bedside. She told me her name was Marguerite. She proceeded to ask me about my life as she rifled through my belongings. "What are you looking for?" I asked. "My destruction," she said. I asked her to define "destruction." She smirked. "It depends on what end of the pen you're looking at it from."
by Dusty Cioffi May 01, 2008

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