From “Modern Manners”

The drug XTC had a brief vogue in the 80s but quickly went out of fashion because it made you love everybody. Loving even one 80s person was repulsive enough; loving more than one was actually medically dangerous. … [Read more...]

Antisocial Housing: I review “High-Rise”

at AmCon: The xkcd cartoon “Logic Boat” shows the familiar problem of the man who has to carry a wolf, a goat, and a cabbage across a river. The problem: “The boat only holds two, and you can’t leave the goat with the cabbage or the wolf with the goat.”There’s a logic-puzzle solution here. There’s also the xkcd solution: “Leave the wolf. Why do you have a wolf?”High-Rise is a dystopian science-fiction flick about an experimental skyscraper in an alternate-history ’70s Britain. Eccentric … [Read more...]

“Summer of ’90: ‘The Witches'”: Slant Magazine

on the last great children's nightmare factory of the 1980s: Children's movies are traditionally designed to comfort. There's an unspoken contract between parent and filmmaker: "For the next 90 minutes, your child will be entertained, but not threatened. No need to worry about your little darlings waking up at three in the morning, bawling in terror. This movie is guaranteed not to trouble anyone's mind. Most people are inherently good. The bad guys don't win."Children's movies, for the … [Read more...]

From A. Bates, “Party Line”

(yes, I am reading a Point Horror '80s paperback about a 976 teen talk line. My summer is going great) Robbie started over to the Chevy and Mark, relieved, climbed into the Jeep. He'd been hoping for a four-wheel drive for his mother to get to work in the winter, but hadn't figured he had much chance of finding one in their price range. But if there was any hope of getting either of these cars, he wanted the Jeep.It smelled musty inside, reeking of old oil, mouse droppings and dust. The … [Read more...]

“Population: 1,” A Punk History of the Late, Great USA

"If you don't remember the 80s, just imagine listening to Duran Duran's 'Hungry Like the Wolf' playing on a boom box that at any moment could explode, killing you and everyone you know."Population: 1 opens with basically a music video, in which a snaggle-toothed chanteuse wonders why nobody loves her, and then dies on a riverbank. She's glorious--just enough menace, just enough shriek--but what actually is going on here? We cut to an underground bunker where a scrawny degenerate is watching … [Read more...]

“You Must Change Your Life”: Smiths-Influenced Rock… By Orthodox Priests

YOU'RE WELCOME. ...With Luxury's members now scattered across the U.S., Trophies was recorded in Atlanta after a successful crowd-funding campaign in 2014 — which, after so much time away, says a lot about Luxury's cult following. It comes 10 years after its fourth album, Health & Sport, which is no big deal; many bands take extended breaks. Luxury's no different, except that three of its members — brothers Lee and Jamey Bozeman (guitars, vocals) and Chris Foley (bass) —became Orthodox pries … [Read more...]

“Dracula’s Tango”: Toto Coelo

I'M A SUCKER FOR YOUR LOVEvia Kindertrauma … [Read more...]