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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

Amazing and Unusual USA

This new guidebook certainly seems as if it would make a fine Xmas present for your favorite WU-vie!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Nov 04, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Pop Culture, Regionalism, Travel, Landmarks, Sightseeing, Books

Cult Magazines

I've just gotten the advance galley of this book from my pal Luis Ortiz, the publisher. I can guarantee that WU-vians will love it!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 28, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Eccentrics, Collectors, Magazines, Subcultures, Books

Alabama Curiosities

My pal Andy Duncan is a wonderful fiction writer, and loyal reader of WEIRD UNIVERSE. But I never knew he had written this compilation of weird Alabama stuff till he showed me a copy of the second edition this weekend. I think a road trip to Alabama is definitely in order for all WU-vies.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 20, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Regionalism, Weird Studies and Guides, Books

Weird Stuff from The History Channel

Seems as if there should be some prime material of interest for WU-vies in these five titles.

Or in the DVDs of the History Channel show they derive from.

Or even in the official boardgame!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 16, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Games, Video, Books
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