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Of disbelief

April 8th, 2019

If nostalgia isn’t an outright lie, it’s a selective interpretation of the truth. It’s easy to long for the past after the unpleasant bits have faded (or been willfully suppressed) from memory. Remove that tarnish and any period can seem like a Golden Age, which is a nonsense because I actually lived through such a […]

Strut the flap

April 4th, 2019

Come one, come all! Feast your eyes on the Only Bumflap That Matters! As the ad — ganked from a 1980 issue of Smash Hits — states, this was merely one of an entire line of hindquarters drapery available for sale. If you were curious about which other artists were available for posterior display, here’s […]

Drive, mon pied

April 2nd, 2019

It took three deep dives into the 1975 Sears Wish Book before I noticed it… …but when I finally did, it nearly shorted out my nostalgia cortex. I am not exaggerating in the least when I tell you that those goofy race car slippers were one of Young Andrew’s most coveted possessions. Forget Tonka trucks […]

Highest ed

March 29th, 2019

The campus playset was part of a whole line of college-themed accessories for Barbie, and given ample page space in the 1964 Sears Wish Book. I wish Mattel had pursued the concept through the entirely of Barbie’s college experience — Summer of Love Barbie, Berkeley Speed Freak Ken, Bad Acid Trip Barbie with Plush Sanatorium […]

Infernal ensemble

March 11th, 2019

I turned in earlier than usual last night in hopes of better acclimating myself to the effects of Daylight Savings Time. That did not happen, but I did get a chance to catch an episode of Night Gallery on MeTV before nodding off. The plot centered around a mental asylum for rich folks (somewhere in […]

Nonsense and stuff

March 7th, 2019

Sorry for the dry spell, but Monday’s snowstorm and Wednesday’s dentist appointment have thrown off my stride. The plague of distractions does not look like it will be easing until sometime next week, so expect the low content mode to linger a while longer. Please accept this 1982 trade publication ad as a consolation prize. […]

Go figure

March 1st, 2019

In the eternal quest to re-acquire significant artifacts of my childhood, I’m not adverse towards opting for a later upgrade of the original object. For example, when it came to picking up replacements for the two most beloved figures in my old assortment of Star Wars figures… …I went with the improved sculpts and articulation […]

Wash down

February 20th, 2019

From the deepest, blandest corner of suburbia, a cry of despair issues forth… The mighty forces of postwar consumerism immediately spring into action, bringing rigid gender roles… …overhyped technological improvements… …and more avocado tones than a single person could process in a dozen lifetimes! Together, they have the power to reshape domestic reality. Forget last […]

Till you drop

January 28th, 2019

Over the past few months, I’ve accumulated an ever-growing trade collection stack of fondly regarded funnybook runs. The whys and wherefores surrounding this development will probably be addressed in an upcoming dedicated feature (once the RPG one has been put to bed), but all that matters for this specific post is that scored a secondhand […]

Funeral party like it’s

January 24th, 2019

On being a highlight reel of items from the January 1999 issue of Spin, which will induce crippling existential dread in folks of above a certain age and utter bafflement in those below it. Management assumes no responsibility for any incidents of spontaneous desiccation that may occur.

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