Austin-based comic book artist Mack White has created a great virtual museum called Bison Bill's Weird West
"See THE COMANCHE SCALP DANCE"
"See THE HEAD OF BLACK JACK KETCHUM"
"See A FLYING BUFFALO"
"Also, in Bison Bill's Western Library: THE TREASURE OF THE CHIHUAHUAN DESERT"
Good article in Forbes
on perpetual-motion crackpots
and the suckers who fall for them.
A grunt worker at the San Francisco Kozmo.com warehouse writes about how horrible it is to work there
Short bio of offbeat mid-century cartoonist Virgil Partch.
was one of my favorite comic strips. (I mentally put a red X across the face of anyone I meet who can't appreciate the genius of Ernie Bushmiller.) Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics
, has rules for a game he invented called "5-Card Nancy"
that uses cut-up photocopies of Nancy
Excellent mini-gallery of monster decals
from the '60s.
is a short story that appeared in a 1958 issue of Adam
Freeman Dyson on religion
: "Religion amplifies the good and evil tendencies of individual souls. Religion will always remain a powerful force in the history of our species." (From Cliff Pickover's Encyclopedia of the Bible
Paul Tough is a former editor at Harpers
. He also co-published a great zine, called Paris in the 20s
, which consisted entirely of clippings of strange reporting from the New York Times
. I met Paul when he came to the Wired
offices to talk about possibly working for an ill-fated spin-off magazine. We had lunch together and I thought he was very nice and funny. Now he has a new daily site, called Open Letters
, "a new magazine of first-person writing in the form of personal correspondence." He writes that he came up with the idea for the site from the way he worked at Harper's
: "One editors' trick I started using a while ago is to ask a thwarted writer to start off by writing me a letter on the topic. What comes out is often much more fluid, funny, on-topic, and well-structured than a formal magazine article."
Chapter from 1933 carnival autobiography, Hey Rube
64-year-old Down East Bob's response to the end of The Hobo Times
Good short bio of Yellow Kid Weil
, the world's greatest con artist.
There's a new biography of Leon Theremin
. Might be good, but it might be a load of academia-la-la, as it was written by a PhD and came out on a university press.
Visit Port Watson
, is about a freedom-lovers' island in the Pacific. I loved this when I first read it around ten years ago, and my friends and I prayed that it was true.