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Posts tagged ‘this is how the world ends’

Fade to gray

December 27th, 2016

“Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” is one of the boundary markers I’ve used to differentiate the “low Eighties” from the “high Eighties” — the era of grimy futurist dread versus the era of pastel plastic poptimism. I can’t make it past the first “JITTERBUG” without flashing back to eighth grade homeroom, with all the […]

Alienated labor

March 24th, 2016

The late Carl Sagan and other members of the skeptic community pondered if the morphology of the “grey alien” archetype could be a projection of various subconscious anxieties about human reproduction and child-rearing. It’s an interesting line of thought, and one which has now been brought full circle by consumer capitalism in the most disturbing […]

Boy, you’ve got to prove

January 12th, 2016

I didn’t post the above 1985 ad to point out that a novelization of Desperately Seeking Susan exists. Of course one did. It was a time when portable video was in its clunky, expensive infancy and current VHS hits ran for sixty non-adjusted bucks a pop. Novelizations were an integral part of the studios’ marketing […]

Dying of the light

February 9th, 2015

Depeche Mode – But Not Tonight Loved by fans. Disliked by the band. Recorded for a film nobody remembers. Much have I fared, buy Much have I found, sale Much have I got of the gods: Whence comes the sun to the smooth sky back, When Fenrir has snatched it forth? – the Poetic Edda/Vafþrúðnismál, […]

It’s really not alright

November 25th, 2014

I’m not terrified of Ebola, women’s health even though I work in a place which hypothetically be a gateway for it to spread among a wider population. The vectors of the virus are so narrow and the local cultural-medical factors are so different that the likelihood of that happening is next to nil. I may […]

To eat their own

June 26th, 2014

Elijah doesn’t remember his father. He cannot recall a time before he and Mama moved to Grandpa Tim’s farm, though sometimes he has nightmares where he’s in the backseat of a car while the world burns and screams around him. Mama said his father died during the Struggle. Elijah daydreamed about him making a heroic […]

To have and not want

June 18th, 2014

Things were looking up for the Allies by middle of 1943. German forces on the Eastern Front had shot their wad, decease with the Soviet forces embarking a series of devastating counter-offensives. Axis forces had been swept out of North Africa and were withdrawing from Sicily, sildenafil while the Allied strategic bombing campaigns against German […]

Everything went black

November 29th, 2013

There are three traditions I observe each Thanksgiving. 1. Go out for pancakes with my dad and uncle at the Bickford’s on Cambridge Road. 2. Watch Blast from the Past and

There’s no starting us now

September 12th, 2013

The current shitshow at DC Comics, here where all-nude suicide is a laff riot but marriage is a crime against heroism and mayflies have better life expectancies than mosr creative teams, health is symptomatic of something I suspected would happen the moment DC Comics was restructured into DC Entertainment. Fixing an “underperforming” subsidiary is the […]

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