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Posts tagged ‘1996’

The most valuable item in my record library — according to Discogs Marketplace metrics — isn’t some punk obscurity or limited run test-pressing. That honor goes to the WipeOut 2097 soundtrack, released as a gatefold double LP by Virgin in 1996. It’s not hard to see why the album commands such absurd asking prices. Vinyl […]

The A-W Boundary

June 5th, 2018

My current re-read of the SPIN archives started as a form of spiritual research for both the ongoing series of record and RPG posts. A good chunk of that mnemonic real estate was situated in the first half of the Nineties, so I thought it would be useful to sift through that psychic detritus, see […]

Sometime during the 1996 primary season, I decided to pay a visit to Excalibur Hobbies in Malden Center. The shop had been my go-to place for all things role-playing during high school and my early college years, but fell by the wayside after my undergrad wanderings settled into the Allston-Cambridge-Somerville axis (a.k.a. the Used Vinyl […]

For a dude who was constantly short of cash, Jeremy could be pretty resourceful when it came to some glittering object he coveted. (Which might have been the cause of his cashflow problem, alongside the staggering student debt he’d racked up before dropping out of BU, now that I think of it.) A week after […]

The convenience store guy’s real name was Jeremy. He hailed from somewhere in southern New Jersey and had come up this way to attend Boston University. After dropping out (for some reason I was never able to discover), he decided to stay in Boston in order to remain with his gothy girlfriend and his college […]

We’ve reached the latter half of my experiences in 1990s comics fandom, so the time has come to abandon the rambling survey approach of previous installments in favor of a “special topics” format. First up, a sentence no one — including myself — ever expected they’d ever see coming from me: Wizard Magazine played a […]

In the fall of 1991, I leveraged my popular Warhammer RPG campaign into a successful bid for the Sci-Fi Club’s presidency. It was an uncharacteristically outward-facing move for me, but I was motivated by a intense dislike of the org’s incumbent president — a patronizing “alpha” geek who wielded the leadership gavel with Orwellian gusto. […]

Foul is a fair listen

March 25th, 2013

Do you think the person who coined “Generation Hex” still has flashbacks to that fleeting moment of triumph, disinfection an entire lifetime justified and subsequently overshadowed by one serendiptiously marketable pun? I didn’t have the (mis)fortune of seeing The Craft during its theatrical run, physician unlike (or perhaps “because of”) my creepy friend who boasted […]

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