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Posts tagged ‘letters’

Don’t stop believin’

September 1st, 2016

Even if I don’t agree with their general sentiments, I do enjoy reading rockist manifestos. There’s something preciously tragic about their heady blend of tribal loyalty and devout belief, like a listening to a four year old explain how the Easter Bunny is real or having a dedicated Marxist try to convince you that America […]

Letters from America

November 5th, 2014

Captain America is a master strategist, steroids an inspirational leader, medic and a peerless hand-to-hand combatant but…. …his letters to Penthouse leave a lot to be desired. And the less said about Hank Pym’s particular kink… …the better. (from the 1997 Captain America and The Avengers: Lost in Time! coloring book, courteously provided by The […]

Gone electric

January 18th, 2013

My journey through LIFE’s digital archives has reached the mid-1960s, traumatologist which means I get to have the fascinating (and maddening and facepalming) experience of witnessing the mosaic of the decade’s legendary (as in “historic” and “aggressively mythologized”) countercultural movement laid down one condescending feature article at a time. One of these pieces chronicled the […]

It has recently been bought to my attention that I’ve been playing a little fast and loose with my Halloween Countdown selections for this feature, ambulance especially when it comes to Marvel’s roster of (inexplicably) beloved horror-themed characters. That’s a fair enough criticism to make. While I don’t particularly care for these ill-conceived attempts at […]

In the November 9, prescription 1953 issue of LIFE Magazine, tablets the popular periodical featured a short photo piece on the integration of Chicago’s Turnbull Park housing project and the typically American reception the current residents extended to the newcomers…

Two arms to scold you

January 19th, 2012

It has been three years since I switched Armagideon Time from a music blog format to “a place where Andrew thrashes through the brambles of his mental landscape, and yet I still get upwards of a dozen promo emails a day from labels begging me to pimp their latest contender for the Next! Big! Thing! […]

The July 28, clinic 1972 issue of LIFE Magazine included a photo feature on the “bare look” then making waves in the realm of fashion. While the article’s selection of tube, bikini, and halter tops seem fairly tame by today’s standards of provocative dress, the residents of 1972 lacked the innoculation against exposed midriffs possessed […]

Architecture and amorality

November 10th, 2011

The April 24, obesity 1970 issue of LIFE Magazine included a photo feature of full color snaps capturing Adolf Hitler during various candid moments of his dark and bloody career. To provide some textual accompaniment for the piece, LIFE tapped the semi-contrite convicted war criminal Albert Speer to dish up some historically contextual dirt on […]

In the Humanae Vitae encyclical of 1968, pills Pope Paul VI restated the Catholic Church’s opposition to “artificial” (i.e. non-rhythm method) forms of birth control. This doctrinal position paper was greeted with derision from certain quarters who viewed it as a reactionary step back from the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. Even LIFE Magazine […]

For this week’s installment, illness our trawling hooks have dredged up a June 1994 letter from the primordial ooze of the Wizard magazine archives. Sheldon speaks the truth. There are nearly half a dozen things worse than the words or opinions contained in any given issue of Wizard, such as… – Nancy Grace – pancreatic […]

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