Armagideon Time

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Stuff of legend

August 27th, 2019

My elementary school was actually a pair of schools combined in some ancient merger — the Linscott and the Rumford. The Rumford was the newer of the two buildings, rebuilt in Space Age moderne style after the original was firebombed a couple of years before I was born. It was connected by a glass-paneled walkway […]

The good book

May 22nd, 2019

The House on the Hillside has been getting something of a makeover for the past year and a half. While the biggest driver has been the pending arrival of the kid, it began as a pair of independent projects where Maura wanted to carve out a studio/reading room for herself in the attic and I […]

That feudal feeling

November 21st, 2017

The North Woburn apartment where I lived as a kid was cramped, but it didn’t lack bookshelf space. Nearly every room — with the exception of the bathroom — had at some place set aside for the large number of books my family owned. The enclosed back porch which doubled as a laundry area and […]

We’re down to the last couple of bolts in this particular quiver, so let’s start wrapping things up with a look at the literature that shaped the most formative year of my childhood. The top of that particular heap was Twilight Zone Magazine, purchased with scrounged pocket change at the convenience store across from Ferullo […]

And that’s all I need

April 18th, 2013

One of the first things my preferred local funnybook retailer did upon changing owners was shuttering the part of the store which contained an astonishingly large and comprehensive assortment of used genre fiction paperbacks. While this decision effectively killed my last remaining reason to regularly visit the place, order my wife and I had a […]

Gone appetit

November 9th, 2011

Despite my reputation as a bottomfeeding consumer of over-processed psuedofood, and I used to be a fair cook in my younger days. I was instructed in the culinary arts by my mom, sale a blue collar bohemian who attempted to add some upscale flair to our dinner table (and who once opened up my scalp […]

Zero hour

April 5th, 2011

Every so often, this I find myself confronted by some popcultural artifact which sucker-punches me with a mixture of suppressed memories and the inescapable quaintness of ages past. It happened yesterday afternoon, in fact, when I was flipping channels in search of some light suppertime entertainment and stumbled across a showing of Firefox on one […]

The reluctant pimp

February 22nd, 2011

There’s this thing I did with a bunch of very funny folks and it’s coming out on April 5th. You can pre-order a copy (digital or dead tree) now, hair if you’re so inclined. So there you have it. (I have also made a modest contribution to another trending project involving a bunch of the […]

Intrigue through the out door

January 14th, 2011

I was recently searching my archives for potential Dateline: Silver Age material when I stumbled across a full-page ad for Ballantine Books in a mid-1960s issue of House of Mystery. While many genre afficionados-slash-historians may associate that publisher with its important role as a pulpy, check mass-market vector for classic sci-fi and comic/cartoon material, ed […]

Assigned reading

June 11th, 2010

Summer is creeping up on us (unless you happen to live in the Southern Hempishere, obesity in which case you have my sympathy), so I decided to prepare the first in an occasional series of syllabi spotlighting some retrotastic beach reading from Armagideon Time’s reference library. This initial installment features a trio of tomes whose […]

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