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Writing, comics and random thoughts from really a rather vulgar man
Book Review: Mail-Order Mysteries 
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 | 02:45 am (UTC)
You wandered into my dream last night. I was on a field trip with a bunch of my students & they were acting up. I was pissed but you were trying to convince me that I should be flattered that they felt comfortable around me. (It didn't work. I was still pissed.)

Then I woke up, realized I wasn't responsible for anyone but myself at the moment, and felt ever so much better.
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 | 03:58 am (UTC)

I've really got to stop wandering into other people's dreams . . .
Thursday, December 8th, 2011 | 02:16 am (UTC)
haha, yeah, best not to make a habit of those kinds of things!
Thursday, December 8th, 2011 | 03:26 am (UTC)
At least I wasn't naked.

. . . I wasn't, was I?
Friday, December 9th, 2011 | 02:57 am (UTC)
... Not that I recall.

Went to see Hugo tonight. It's got Buster Keaton.
Friday, December 9th, 2011 | 03:07 am (UTC)
Was I wearing my hat?

I want to see that! Ashley read the book and said it was excellent. And it's a Scorsese movie starring Ben Kingsley as Georges Melies! What's not to like?

Didn't know Keaton was in it, though. How was the movie?
Friday, December 9th, 2011 | 11:57 am (UTC)
Eh, it was all right, I guess.


It was brilliant, of course, you ninny! The only downside was that the kid who plays Hugo is... well... a kid. Some of his stuff FELT like Acting. Minor quibble, though.

LOTS of eye candy with the setting and cinematography and costumes. YUM.

Not MUCH Keaton - they do kind of a retrospective, and he's in that.
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 | 07:53 am (UTC) - Ahhh yeah *sigh*
I'd like to comment on the book. What a walk down memory lane. I too was into comics in the early 80's thru the early 90's and remember those ads well. I can honestly say I never sent away for anything, because even back then, I was a bit of a careful skeptic, and just had that bad feeling. As you mentioned, most of the items were a disappointment, especially to a kid.

What really stands out to me now is that the same comics in that era of those ads were stamped by the Comics Code Authority to assure they weren't too violent, or scary, or gruesome, and that women knew their place, like when they gave Batgirl a purse. Those same stamped comics, however, saw nothing wrong with running a few pages of ads that bilked young children out of their hard-earned lawn mowing money by selling them overtly fraudulent crap. Ahhh, 1950's morality.

Man Steve, can you imagine how deviant our society would be now if those X-ray glasses HAD worked? It would be like Robert Silverberg's "The World Inside".

Prairie Du Sac
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