Vintage Pulp Mar 16 2014
WEDDING CRASHERS
Then the minister said, Speak now or forever hold your peace, and it’s been chaos in there since.


This cover by Benedetto Caroselli for Dammi la tua ecco la mia (“give me yours, here is mine”) features a lovely bride in a sheer mini-wedding dress. This is a reception we'd love to go to, and the line to dance with the bride forms behind us. Anyway, we’ve shown you pulped out versions of classic literature before, and this is another example. Matteo Bandello might be obscure to some, but he was famous enough in his time to have been an influence on William Shakespeare. As far as we know he never wrote a story with this title, but I Grandi Narratori often retitled classics. Oh, and by the way, a person speaks one’s “piece”, but holds one’s “peace”. At least that’s what Merriam–Webster says. 

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Vintage Pulp Oct 16 2009
RELATIVE WISDOM
Is anything sexier than ancient Chinese philosophy?

If sex sells, sex can sell philosophy. The Chinese Aunt, which you see above, is a compendium of ancient fables from Lao-Tsi (aka Lao Tse, Lao Tsu, Laosi, and so forth), the man known as the father of Chinese Daoism. This pulp-style 1960s collection has a bit more visual oomph than those crinkly parchments from the sixth century B.C., and rightly so, because the thing must be just filled with sex. We haven’t read it yet, but we have it right here, and, skipping ahead to where the sexy parts must be, we come to a quote from the Master that says, let’s see, “You know who you are and you know what you want.” True enough—we want some Daoist sex action. Explosions too, if we can get them. After all, the Chinese did invent gunpowder. Skipping ahead again, we find another quote, which goes, “You cannot reflect in streaming water.” Very instructive. We’ll ponder that later. Skipping to the end, because that’s where the climax with all the sex and gunfire and explosions must be, we find another saying from the Master: “When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” Okay, clearly this could take a while. We’ll get back to you after the weekend.     

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History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
April 25
1939—Batman Debuts
In Detective Comics #27, DC Comics publishes its second major superhero, Batman, who becomes one of the most popular comic book characters of all time, and then a popular camp television series starring Adam West, and lastly a multi-million dollar movie franchise starring Michael Keaton, then George Clooney, and finally Christian Bale.
1953—Crick and Watson Publish DNA Results
British scientists James D Watson and Francis Crick publish an article detailing their discovery of the existence and structure of deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, in Nature magazine. Their findings answer one of the oldest and most fundamental questions of biology, that of how living things reproduce themselves.
April 24
1967—First Space Program Casualty Occurs
Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1 when, during re-entry into Earth's atmosphere after more than ten successful orbits, the capsule's main parachute fails to deploy properly, and the backup chute becomes entangled in the first. The capsule's descent is slowed, but it still hits the ground at about 90 mph, at which point it bursts into flames. Komarov is the first human to die during a space mission.
April 23
1986—Otto Preminger Dies
Austro–Hungarian film director Otto Preminger, who directed such eternal classics as Laura, Anatomy of a Murder, Carmen Jones, The Man with the Golden Arm, and Stalag 17, and for his efforts earned a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, dies in New York City, aged 80, from cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
1998—James Earl Ray Dies
The convicted assassin of American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., petty criminal James Earl Ray, dies in prison of hepatitis aged 70, protesting his innocence as he had for decades. Members of the King family who supported Ray's fight to clear his name believed the U.S. Government had been involved in Dr. King's killing, but with Ray's death such questions became moot.
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