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March 10, 2015

The Short Weird Fiction of Guy Benoit

WU-vians with a spare couple of minutes, and who are looking for a wry chuckle or two, would be well advised to check out the flash fiction of Guy Benoit. A small taste below.

A tip o' the chapeau to our WU artist Rick Altergott for the alert.

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Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 10, 2015 - Comments (0)
Category: Literature, Avant Garde, Reader Recommendation,

December 15, 2014

One-Man Barbershop Quartet



Thanks to Sandy Pearlman.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 15, 2014 - Comments (4)
Category: Music, Reader Recommendation,

December 13, 2014

Butterick Tweety Sewing Pattern

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Several currently for sale on Etsy and eBay.

Thanks to Deborah Newton.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 13, 2014 - Comments (8)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Costumes and Masks, Horror, Reader Recommendation, Cartoons, 1980's,

October 16, 2014

WU Comments

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Fellow WU-vies--thanks to the alertness of several readers, we have been notified of a problem with posting comments. The captcha feature is glitched, working inconsistently. Our Master Hacker Alex (I think he learned all he knows from 1983's WarGames) is working on a fix now.

Thanks for your patience. Without your comments, the blog would be only half what it is.

Update from Alex: I "fixed" the problem by disabling the captcha system. Which may leave us wide open to spammers. We'll see how it goes for a few days.

Update 2: Wow! Allowing comment posting without captchas was like opening wide the floodgates of spam. So that experiment lasted only about 10 minutes. For now I've changed the admin settings so that only logged-in members can post comments. And in the meantime, I'll search for an alternative captcha system that is compatible with our very old blogging software.

Update 3: I found and installed an alternative captcha system. Let's see if it works! The neat thing is that most people won't see a captcha at all. It only shows if it thinks you might be a spammer, and it then asks you to solve a simple math problem.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 16, 2014 - Comments (10)
Category: Weird Universe, Alex, Reader Recommendation, Computers,

August 30, 2013

Madge Gill

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Thanks to WU-vie Mark De Novellis, we learn of a new UK exhibition devoted to the work of outsider artist Madge Gill. If you image-google her name, you get tons of examples, such as you see above.

A nice visit if you're in the UK over the next several months.

Exhibition home page.

From the Wikipedia entry:

After recovering from her illness, she took a sudden and passionate interest in drawing, creating thousands of mediumistic works over the following 40 years, most done with ink in black and white. The works came in all sizes, from postcard-sized to huge sheets of fabric, some over 30 feet (9.1 m) long. She claimed to be guided by a spirit she called "Myrninerest" (my inner rest) and often signed her works in this name.




Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 30, 2013 - Comments (3)
Category: Museums, New Age, Outsider Art, Reader Recommendation, Europe, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century,

June 13, 2013

February 13, 2013

Musical Horse



Submitted by my old high-school pal Sherry Mowbray.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 13, 2013 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Music, Reader Recommendation, Natural Wonders,

February 1, 2013

December 15, 2012

Follies of the Madmen #195



This one comes courtesy of longtime WU-vie Expat47.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 15, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Junk Food, Reader Recommendation, 1950's,

November 19, 2012

Undercurrents

UNDERCURRENTS from Michael Fragstein on Vimeo.



"UNDERCURRENTS is based on a series of interviews collected by Tobias Hülswitt. He asked different people to explain him how the world works and they came up with the broadest variety of answers."

Many thanks to WU-vie Michael Fragstein, who is part of this project.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Nov 19, 2012 - Comments (0)
Category: Philosophy, Surrealism, Reader Recommendation, Cartoons,

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Alex is the creator and curator of the Museum of Hoaxes. He's also the author of various weird, non-fiction books such as Elephants on Acid.

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