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December 23, 2013 5:13 AM   Subscribe

The Awl presents the article that would've accompanied that Atlantic Monthly cover from Ghostbusters.
posted by Pope Guilty (21 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite

 
I liked that it captured Venkman's voice pretty well in his sarcastic asides. I was actually thinking about how screwed up it is to keep someone's immortal soul in a pocket dimension in your basement when I was watching the first movie again about a month ago.
posted by codacorolla at 5:45 AM on December 23, 2013 [5 favorites]


Ooooh I just realized Ghostbusters is streaming on Netflix! Thanks, now I don't have to clean the house!
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 5:53 AM on December 23, 2013 [3 favorites]


You know, because I'm busy.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 5:53 AM on December 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


They do a good job capturing the voices. Walter Peck using the not-work irregardless was a nice touch.
posted by absalom at 6:02 AM on December 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


They do a good job capturing the voices. Walter Peck using the not-work irregardless was a nice touch.

Yeah, I thought this was great, too; I could basically hear her saying it:

"Egon is a real Renaissance man and very dedicated to Ghostsbusting," says the firm's executive assistant Janine Melnitz. "And I think that's very admirable, even though it doesn't leave him much time for more personal, recreational activities."
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 6:08 AM on December 23, 2013


The only thing that could have made me happier than this would be if someone had written the article "Zisky Rates the Russians: They're Pussies!" from Guts magazine in Stripes.
posted by COBRA! at 6:12 AM on December 23, 2013 [8 favorites]


I liked how they worked in both Stephen King and Richard Bachmann as authors of upcoming books for competing publishers, without giving away the punchline.
posted by Old'n'Busted at 6:18 AM on December 23, 2013 [7 favorites]


A printed copy of this piece should be included in future collector's editions
posted by 6ATR at 6:35 AM on December 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Occasionally, when the song is playing, the Ghostbusters will walk with a peculiar strut that looks bound to hyperextend their knees or trip passers-by.

Yes. This.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:15 AM on December 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


HEADLESS HORSEMAN IN TOPLESS BAR

YES

PERFECTION.
posted by The Whelk at 7:33 AM on December 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


Isn't the headless horseman headline (hah) an actual prop from the movie? I seem to remember that during the "success" montage.
posted by codacorolla at 7:49 AM on December 23, 2013


Sleep Hollow producers take note.
posted by The Whelk at 7:49 AM on December 23, 2013


OK I FINISHED IT AND THE TONE IS PERFECT AS IS ALL THE CALL BACKS AND FOWARDS
posted by The Whelk at 8:11 AM on December 23, 2013


Isn't the headless horseman headline (hah) an actual prop from the movie? I seem to remember that during the "success" montage.

The Post cover used there is the far more mundane GHOST COPS BUST CHINATOWN SPOOK.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 8:14 AM on December 23, 2013


The Gordon Gekko article on that Post cover was a great touch.
posted by jason_steakums at 8:46 AM on December 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


What's the Bachman/King punchline Old'nBUsted is referring to?
posted by es_de_bah at 9:17 AM on December 23, 2013


Bachman is a pen name for Stephen King. The clever bastard's playing both sides.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 9:19 AM on December 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is great.
posted by brundlefly at 11:35 AM on December 23, 2013


Is there any Popular Entertainment these days that is not based on some form of fantasy, a premise that is absolutely impossible in the Real World? And yes, I'm including Police Procedurals; their 'Justice System' is as ridiculous as zombies and superheroes.
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:39 PM on December 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


What's the Bachman/King punchline Old'nBUsted is referring to?

Stephen King wrote books for a few years under the name "Richard Bachman", a ruse which was eventually found out when somebody noticed the similar writing styles and pulled some records at the LOC.
posted by Pope Guilty at 8:00 PM on December 23, 2013


Is there any Popular Entertainment these days that is not based on some form of fantasy, a premise that is absolutely impossible in the Real World?

Has there ever?
posted by absalom at 8:56 AM on December 25, 2013


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