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Return of Alex!

Regular WU-vies realize that the blog has been missing one-third of its voice for the past many months, as Alex Boese hunkered down to finish his new book. Well, over at Alex's Museum of Hoaxes blog, he's just announced his return to active blogging.

Let's hope that includes some time here at Weird Universe!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Nov 16, 2010 | Comments (5)
Category: Weird Universe, Alex, Books

Love Hotels Book

Wouldn't your "significant other" get the hint when you presented this fine book as a gift?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Sep 27, 2010 | Comments (5)
Category: Sexuality, Books, Hotels, Asia

The Girls of Murder City

I just read this book (pictured to the right, with link) which offers a rich and fascinating glimpse of a moment in Chicago when there were several female murderers simultaneously occupying the headlines and jails. This is always prime WU material in any era, and I don't believe you will be disappointed if you read this excitingly written historical account.

Why the video of an old song in this post? It's the tune that one of the murderesses played and danced to, over the corpse of her victim!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Aug 18, 2010 | Comments (4)
Category: Crime, Feminism, Music, Regionalism, Wives, Books, 1920's

Three Recent Books for WU-vies

These three titles from 2009 all seem admirably desirable for our interests.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Aug 08, 2010 | Comments (8)
Category: Books

Where Are You Planning to Stick That Doll?


When most people go book-shopping, they search for best-sellers. However, this is my kind of material, purchased this weekend and shared here for your enjoyment.

Lower image is the outer back cover.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 13, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Medicine, Books, 1960's

Altergott + Hernandez = Greatness


While we wait for our banner-artist Rick Altergott to finish his concluding installment of RAISIN PIE, we will have to content ourselves with these great covers he did for two Gilbert Hernandez graphic novels. I just finished reading both of them, and they are of course superb.

The third one, due out at the end of this year, seems to lack the distinction of Altergott cover imagery, but will no doubt repay your attentions as well.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun May 30, 2010 | Comments (4)
Category: Art, Comics, Sexuality, Violence, Weird Universe, Books

Bizarro Guidebooks

These two books might perhaps be of interest to any WU-vie planning a West Coast visit.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Apr 17, 2010 | Comments (6)
Category: Regionalism, Books

Milt Gross

I am currently enjoying a great book about cartoonist Milt Gross. (See link at right.)

If you watch the embedded cartoon, you'll get a sense of why he was idolized by R. Crumb and the founding artists of Mad magazine for his supreme wackiness.

Jitterbug Follies (1939) Milt Gross
Uploaded by klangley. - See more comedy videos.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Mar 29, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Comics, Books, Cartoons, 1930's

God Made Me Do It

If this book is not pure catnip for us WU-vies, I'm not sure what is. Here's the product description from the link to the right:

Does God, in His infinite wisdom, convince people to get rid of their car insurance? Does He encourage cannibalism? Does the God of more than six billion people actually have time to root for the Minnesota Vikings?

According to some, yes. How do they know? God told them. Luckily, God also told Marc Hartzman to write this book, a collection of the most shocking, absurd, and hilarious things people have ever claimed God asked them to do, and to present them for your pure reading enjoyment.


* The man that God told to perform surgery on himself
* God's generous offer to miraculously fill his believer's gas tank
* The fateful day God (assumedly feeling nostalgic for his teen years) asked a man to TP a police station
* The woman God instructed to direct traffic—topless
* And, sadly, many more

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Mar 10, 2010 | Comments (2)
Category: Eccentrics, Religion, Books

Bad Music

Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown from alex Bondonno on Vimeo.

Maybe this book can explain this video.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jan 27, 2010 | Comments (1)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Music, Books
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