The Blood Elevator: Its Meaning & Symbolism

The blood elevator scene, sometimes called the ‘river of blood," from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is a horrifying and disturbing image in a film full of horrifying and disturbing images.  Upon watching it the scene produces in many - myself included - a feeling of dread; an uneasiness that is hard to explain. I’ve often

A Brief Discussion About Cults in the 1970s

In the 1970s satanic cults were everywhere. Or at least that’s what popular culture would have you believe. In apartment complexes, suburban planned communities, quiet rural towns – somewhere lurking beneath the all-too-normal exterior was a sinister group ready to induct you – or worse, your child -  into the worship of the devil. Typically

By |2021-10-01T09:47:59-06:00October 19th, 2021|1970s Nostalgia, Halloween, Quick Thought|0 Comments

Cobbled Together: The Monster of Frankenstein

In 1954, at the height of McCarthyism, the comic book industry was under scrutiny for being a corrupter of youth and an inciter of crime. And according to the book Seduction of the Innocent by Fredric Werthram all of the issues of teenage delinquency could be traced back directly to the reading of comics. Senate

Jupiter is Far Out: NASA Image of the Day

This image is made up of two things I really enjoy: Space stuff and psychedelic art. And not since the final section of 2001: A Space Odyssey has the two been blended so well together! In all seriousness, this is pretty clever. Some groovy artist/graphic designer/free-spirit individual not tied down by the restraints placed on

Brain Salad Surgery: Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Difficult Beauty

Brain Salad Surgery is the fourth studio album from prog-rock supergroup Emerson, Lake, & Palmer and is arguably their most well-known. The reason for its notoriety can be boiled down to two things: an unbelievably catchy radio hit and some stunning cover art by H.R. Giger. There’s more to the album of course, but

Quick Thought: Is Ralph Bakshi’s The Lord of the Rings Brilliant or Bad?

I recently re-watched Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings (and mean really recently – like 10 minutes ago) and as I sat blinking at my screen as the credits rolled I thought to myself…was that good? Seriously, I’m not sure. Is Bakshi's 1978 adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings brilliant

Horse with No Name: A Shining Beacon of Mediocrity for the Ages

I work in a place that plays canned music on the loudspeaker all day. To be fair there is a decent amount of variety (although at the time I write this, in mid-December, there is nothing but Christmas music. But that’s another article) a mix of current pop songs and classic rock. But there are

By |2020-10-14T21:19:05-06:00December 15th, 2018|1970s Nostalgia, Features, Thoughts & Notions|0 Comments

Can You Dig It? (or why on earth am I nostalgic for the 1970s?)

The 1970s was a time of unparalleled growth and prosperity that brought forth a cultural and artistic renaissance that still influences our society to this day. Everything I just said is verifiably untrue, a blatant lie. But that is the beauty of nostalgia, the past is made perfect not by the truth of a thing

By |2018-08-04T12:00:54-06:00August 4th, 2018|1970s Nostalgia, Features|0 Comments
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