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Portraits of Dictators

Francisco Franco

August 9, 2011

Francisco Franco, arguing with Hitler over who popularized the “Franco ‘Stache.” Francisco Franco, fronting like his ATM card isn’t working, asking if someone can spot him. Francisco Franco, celebrating his eighteenth birthday with the gypsies, far out in the woods, drunk on Carribbean rum. Francisco Franco, calling Che Guevara late at night, breathing into the [...]

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Idi Amin

April 12, 2011

Idi Amin bathing with his cousins in a washtub. Idi Amin licking the soap when no one is looking. Idi Amin looking up at the sky, where vultures circle. Idi Amin finding only a fingernail paring and a cigarette butt in his Valentines Day bag at Ta’anaka Primary School. Idi Amin feeding his lunch to [...]

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Mussolini

January 18, 2011

Mussolini poking pins in a map he doesn’t recognize. Mussolini trying to decide between the ceviche and the braised short ribs. Mussolini going in for the high-five and then pretending like he hadn’t. Mussolini saying his own name until it loses all meaning. Mussolini suggesting he and his date go Dutch on the check. Mussolini [...]

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Stalin

November 28, 2010

Stalin throwing rocks on snow angels. Stalin asleep at the mall. Stalin lighting candles to put around his bath. Stalin binge-eating tamales. Like a wet nurse with two floppy breasts. Stalin in Moscow pointing at empty buildings. Stalin like a cow getting mounted. Stuck again in a haystack, Stalin wanting to crush someone’s windpipe. Stalin [...]

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