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Posts tagged ‘farce then tragedy’

My childhood consumption of “spooky” lit followed a fairly predictable path for its era. There were Hitchcock and Serling branded anthologies borrowed from the public library, collections of non-gory classics purchased from school book fairs, Twilight Zone Magazine tales of varying quality, check-out aisle digests related supposedly true tales of the paranormal and squicky passages […]

About two months back, a drunken idiot plowed his pick-up truck into a group of motorcyclists in New Hampshire, killing seven of them. It soon came out that the driver of the truck shouldn’t have been behind the wheel — neither drunk nor sober — because he’d been picked up on Connecticut on a DUI […]

Let history divide

August 5th, 2016

Sit back, kids, and let me tell you about a not-so-distant era. An era when Blade Runner, John Carpenter’s remake of The Thing, and Repo Man were all critically panned. An era when the original Night of the Living Dead was tagged with a one-star review in weekly TV schedules and capsule review books. An […]

Too pure to be pink

December 2nd, 2015

Gee, Mr. Donald Lachie of Youngwood, PA, perhaps you are right. In our rush to display our hip cynicism, we could very well have condemned an important cultural work without taking a moment to reflect upon its virtues and the truths it expresses about the human condition. Let us put aside our received wisdom and […]

We’re an American brand

November 20th, 2015

Rock ‘n roll is on display, With a ton of shit to buy. It was meant to end that way, though some folks will deny. I don’t care what people tell, rock ‘n roll is here to sell. Rock ‘n roll will always be our ticket to the gold. It will make marketing history, Cross-promotion, […]

Same bat-wavelength

September 8th, 2015

The above lede from a 1966 Shana Alexander LIFE feature column might seem like an early “hot take” test run, but there are a number of parallels in the evolution of both Batman and conservative punditry over the past half century. The crashed into mass consciousness as public spectacles which reveled in playful, quippy goofiness […]

This post marks the sixth anniversary of Nobody’s Favorites. To commemorate this event, I’ve decided to follow Pal Dave’s suggestion and shine some harsh light on a decidedly un-funnybook which I’ve danced around on previous occasions. That comic is Kingdom Come… …Mark Waid and Alex Ross’s serious answer to the most ludicrous of questions. Yes, […]

This man, this monster

May 22nd, 2015

I’m certain I’ve written about this before, but I’m still flabbergasted that Stan Lee once defended Marvel’s policy of retaining original artwork by comparing it to those of South African diamond cartels. (from the April 1973 issue of Creem) The worst part? That comparison wasn’t off-base at all.

And grabbing your attention

April 21st, 2015

Looking back, phimosis it seems like something out of a fever dream. “So there’s this frontman who dresses like a pirate and performs songs which combine Restoration Era decadence with ‘Burundi beat’ rhythms. The British teens can’t seem to get enough of him, so lets see if we can work up some stateside action.” That […]

Howl, then weep

March 26th, 2015

“I saw the best minds of a generation locked in a circular argument over who had the largest emotional investment in heavily merchandised intellectual properties owned by massive media conglomerates…” Don’t get me wrong. If this is going to be the playing field, prostate it should be as level and inclusive as possible. Yet I […]

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