The Retro-Future Is Ours, Captain!: I Rewatch “Star Trek: The Original Series”

We got a VCR fairly early, and my sister taped all the reruns of the original and at that time only Star Trek, until we had a whole cabinet full of Kirk. I rewatched these tapes constantly. Kirk and Uhura were between the two of them my first crushes. (Also that one kid Esteban from The Mysterious Cities of Gold.) This summer my Netflix queue, which circles the earth like the Midgard Serpent, finally wound its way to the first season of ST:TOS, so I've been revisiting my old love. Does it hold … [Read more...]

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“10 Sexy Vintage Halloween Costumes”: I Can’t Believe

I have another opportunity to use my "eye-boobs" tag.see the calamities! (via Libresco) … [Read more...]

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Do not adjust your set!

Awesome tv-glitch wooden cabinet. Via SKTJ. … [Read more...]

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“Building Blocs: An exhibit at the intersection of politics, art, and urban design”

My review of a MoMA show, in the Weekly Standard: The phrase “political architecture” evokes the idea of architecture for and by politicians: a blank-faced Ministry of Truth; a giant Mussolini head on a wedding cake; or just the sullen civic compromises which remove anything distinctive because it might be offensive. And “architecture for the people” has mostly meant architecture imposed on the people, with the government as landlord. You’ll live in my future and you’ll like it!This show at … [Read more...]

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“The Very Best of Strange Soviet Architecture”

The introductory paragraph seems calculated just to annoy me, but the actual photos are amazing. … [Read more...]

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“Playing cards collection” at the Beinecke: WWII Britain, Russian prison, planets, more!

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From “History in the Comic Mode,” a festschrift for Caroline Walker Bynum

The point of writing history is not...  somehow to cleanse ourselves, as it were, of the taint of the past--the humanist/Reformation/Enlightenment project of exposing the past as past and cordoning it off behind the fence of anachronism.  Rather, it is to allow ourselves still to be touched by the past. --Bruce Holsinger and Rachel Fulton Brown; via Millinerd … [Read more...]

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