"Everything is fine and the world is beautiful. It's raining, it's dark, I woke up at 5:30AM, I'm commuting in traffic. I would have had a headache, I would have been miserable, I would have wondered how my life took me to this point. This point I'm at right now. But no, no, everything is fine. Life is beautiful. The rain drops are just falling and in each one I see the reflection of every persons life around me. Humanity is beautiful. In this still frame shot of traffic on this crowded bus I just found love and peace. Heroin is a wonder drug. Heroin is better than everything else. Heroin makes me who I wish I was. Heroin makes life worth living. Heroin is better than everything else." [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Feb 4, 2014 -
has spent most of his life cultivating spies and diplomats, who seem to enjoy seeing themselves and their secrets transfigured into pop fiction (with their own names carefully disguised), and his books regularly contain information about terror plots, espionage and wars that has never appeared elsewhere. Other pop novelists, like John le Carré and Tom Clancy, may flavor their work with a few real-world scenarios and some spy lingo, but de Villiers’s books are ahead of the news and sometimes even ahead of events themselves." (SLNYT)
posted by Rustic Etruscan
on Jan 31, 2013 -
Classic movies in miniature style. It all started 2 years ago with an experiment to blend traditional ‘oriental’ (Ottoman) motifs and contemporary ‘western’ cinema. After a positive response to "Ottoman Star Wars", I decided to take the theme further, and developed more film posters using the same technique.
posted by shakespeherian
on Jul 11, 2012 -
In the mid 1990s, comedian/actress Margaret Cho
starred in All-American Girl
, a short-lived sitcom based on her standup act. One episode, entitled "Pulp Sitcom", lampooned the film Pulp Fiction
and revolved around a bootleg video seller named Desmond. Naturally, Desmond was played by Quentin Tarantino himself. You can watch the episode
and read a detailed breakdown at Chronological Snobbery
posted by griphus
on Aug 2, 2011 -
From the Bookstalls of a Nigerian Market
. Onitsha Market Literature consists of stories, plays, advice and moral discourses published primarily in the 1960s by local presses in the lively market town of Onitsha
[in then-newly-independent Nigeria
]... In the fresh and vigorous genre of Onitsha Market Literature, the commoner wrote pulp fiction and didactic handbooks for those who perused the bookstalls of Onitsha Market, one of Africa’s largest trading centers.
Examples: How To Write And Reply Letters For Marriage, Engagement Letters, Love Letters And How To Know A Girl To Marry
, Learn To Speak 360 Interesting Proverbs And Know Your True Brother
, Struggle For Money [All full-text links are in pdf format, and some are quite large].
With links to additional resources
posted by amyms
on Jun 4, 2008 -
Ladies, have you ever dreamt of being
whisked away kidnapped
by a dashing young Prince? Or being swept off your feet and losing your virginity to a dark and mysterious stranger
, who happens to be a Sheikh? Or how about being sold to an Arab aristocracy and living off the rest of your days in married bliss
. No? Then how about considering a Royal who is so down-to-earth
you won't meet anyone else quite like him? Much better than the alternative of marrying his polar
opposite, don't you think? Of course, you can always try
and keep it platonic if you wanted to. Welcome to the wonderful world of Sheikhs and Desert Love
, where all of your fantasies
can come true! (via)
posted by hadjiboy
on Mar 15, 2008 -
This week I've been perseverating on Chuck Berry's great 1964 song "You Never Can Tell", so now you get to too! Unless you're over 50, you probably know it from the Thurman/Travolta dance
in Pulp Fiction
, but here are some other versions worthy of your attention: [more inside]
posted by ubiquity
on Feb 10, 2008 -
Playing Doctors And Nurses Often Requires Loving Patients.
Not to mention a high level of kitsch-resistance. Here's a delightful collection of nurse-obsessed penny-dreadfuls from the engaging Tiny Pinneapple
weblog, complete with covers
and zippy, erotocally charged made-to-order blurbs: "It was fortunate that Portugal had always held a strong attraction for Nigel Baxter, for otherwise she might not have agreed to her uncle Evan's request that she give up her vacation plans in order to take on a case there. Evan Baxter was one of David Wycherly's doctors, and since Mr. Wycherly had suffered a leg fracture while vacationing at his home in Estoril, Dr. Baxter felt that Nigel could care for him and at the same time fulfill her wish to see Portugal."
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Feb 9, 2003 -
Angie was a marked woman
, paying her own ransom with a body none could resist. Someone
has spent an incredible amount of time and energy scanning in lesbian pulp fiction covers from the 50's and 60's. An interesting look into what was considered titillating 40 years ago.
posted by patrickje
on Jan 8, 2003 -
means a lot of different things today. To many people, "pulp"means something lurid, sleazy and sensationalist. That's what Quentin Tarantino meant when he called his movie "Pulp Fiction
," a violent and outrageous look at the seedy side of American life. "Pulp" refers to something thrilling and low-rent at the same time - that, at least, is a common definition of the term.
"Pulp," however, can refer to something more
specific, a certain kind of magazine
. [more inside]
posted by mooseindian
on Aug 7, 2002 -
Danger! Sex! Romance!
From the early 1900s and seemingly hitting their height of popularity in the '40s (during WWII) pulp novels had heroes doing "manly", heroic things like "smashing the Axis" and evading the charms of villainous vixens. Witness: Doc Savage, Man of Bronze
or The Shadow
(Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Not Alec Baldwin
.) Pulps also explored more subversive elements, like lesbianism
. The tradition seems to live on in modern times with Remo Williams
posted by owillis
on Dec 15, 2001 -
Color me surprised. My annoyance at Tom Clancy for the shoddy quality of Rainbow Six
is well known
. I had expected to give up on him entirely; I didn't even plan to buy the new one in hardcover without reading it first...
posted by baylink
on Aug 27, 2000 -