Resurrecting Gulliver by Joseph Natoli

Travels of a New Gulliverby Joseph Natoli
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 8, 2013

Why I Created a Millennial Lemuel Gulliver and Wrote Travels of a New Gulliver

“Investments in zero-carbon energy are relatively inexpensive and good for the economy . . . But it’s tough –pointless? — to make these arguments to the energy companies and their Congressional lackeys, who will fight as they have been effectively paid to do.” — Mark Bittman, “Let’s Not Braise The Planet,” NY Times, July 2, 2013

All manner of crises, fierce arguing, unfathomable advocacies, and Yahoo level (Jonathan Swift’s “Yahooes” and not the search engine) absurdities accompanied me as I wrote Travels of a New Gulliver over the past three years.

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In a feverish state of mind, Gulliver enters a bizarre world of presidential politics by Joseph Natoli

Corporate Personhood

by Helen Cox, used with permission
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by Joseph Natoli
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
22 March 2012

My thoughts were feverishly gestating.

I here pen a précis of that to which I refer, attempting to bring to reasonable account what in fact was veiled by dark derangements brought on by my fever and a long fortnight in which irrationality and a nightmare circus ruled.

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Travels of a New Gulliver: Chapter 4 by Joseph Natoli

by Joseph Natoli
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
Oct. 19, 2011

Dark Forest

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Chapter IV

The Author finds himself in a Dark Wood

My dear Reader, I feared traveling during the day when I could be easily seen from above, from that floating Isle which could, I knew, espy, like a hawk, anything below and swoop down upon it instantly.

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Travels of a New Gulliver: Chapter 3 by Joseph Natoli

by Joseph Natoli
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
Sept. 13, 2011

Talking Parrot

Chapter III

The Author is drawn up to the Floating Island of Babel

I spent a day and a night in a ditch, alternately shivering in the cold and scorched by the sun, which suddenly was eclipsed by a dark mass a hundred meters directly above my head. A grappling hook was lowered and I, too confused to fathom the event, was drawn up, rail, tar and feathers.

After several days I can report that I was again myself in body but my mind, having gone through a humiliating assault at the hands of the Trickle Down barbarians, was not as it had been on the day I had set out on my voyage. But as my own self-esteem was grounded as the blind Bard says on the just and right, I did not allow the injustices and lack of charity of others to abide with me for long.

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Travels of a New Gulliver: Chapter 2 by Joseph Natoli

by Joseph Natoli
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
August 5, 2011

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Chapter II

In which the Author and his young companion Ned arrive in the village of Trickle Downs and there find that anything is possible, words are never pawns, personal choice matters most, exclamations of “Whatever” replace jumping back, and there are no speed limits.

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Travels of a New Gulliver: Chapter 1 by Joseph Natoli

by Joseph Natoli
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
July 27, 2011

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Chapter I

In which the Author introduces himself and then sets out

What follows here is a very loose account of my voyages into the world of talk as found, often accidentally, often against my own will, and seldom as I hoped.

I took with me only a few presumptions, for as Lao Tzu advises, a good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

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