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“Read a Damn Book – 035: The Great God Pan”

Howard Phillips Lovecraft, the high priest of horror, was born in 1890. In that same year, Welsh author Arthur Machen unleashed The Great God Pan upon the world, and this novella has since become a classic of the supernatural horror … Continue reading

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“Read a Damn Book – 034: Metropolis”

Osamu Tezuka – Metropolis (1949/2003) [Translated by Kumar Sivasubramanian] Osamu Tezuka is one of the most famous comics artists that Japan has ever produced, but I’m not real sure how well known he still is today. Some people may remember … Continue reading

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“Serialized Novella: ALLEN TOMBES – FIRE FROM WATER (Chapters 8, 9, 10, and 11)” by Richard F. Yates

[Some artists are mercurial. Some change their minds. Some test a hypothesis, then decide after the data have been collected whether or not their theory was correct. Others go with their gut. I don’t know which of these blurbs best … Continue reading

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“Gettin’ Some Culture (Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR)” by Richard F. Yates

1 – The Map Yesterday, Mariah (The Boss) and I played hooky from work and drove down to Portland for our bi-decade trip to the Portland Art Museum, and it ended up being a great time! The weather was sunny … Continue reading

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“Read a Damn Book – 033: Living Dead in Dallas”

Charlaine Harris – Living Dead in Dallas (2002) This is the 2nd book in the Sookie Stackhouse series of vampire/romance/mystery novels written by Charlaine Harris. (I reviewed the first book in the series, Dead Until Dark, a few weeks ago.) … Continue reading

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“Read a Damn Book – 032: Understanding Comics”

Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, comic books were HOT! Mainstream comics (Marvel & DC) were doing well, collectors’ prices were up, and the classic characters were on everyone’s mind. Tim Burton’s Batman film (from 1989) smashed box-office … Continue reading

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“Read a Damn Book – 031: KLF: Chaos Magic Music Money”

Although I wasn’t ever a huge KLF fan—they had a couple of good techno songs, but I never bought their album—I LOVED the Dr. Who novelty song, “Doctorin’ the Tardis,” which the same artists released in the late 1980s when … Continue reading

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