We are the mutants
The Love Bug: How a Baby Is Made’, 1971  15h45 22 janvier
Richard McKenna
How a Baby Is Made was the English language translation of Danish psychotherapist and sexologist Per Holm Knudsen’s children’s picture book Sådan får man et barn, published in Denmark in 1971. After winning the Danish Ministry of Culture’s children book prize in 1972, the rights were acquired in...
Home of the Grave: Rene Daalder’s Population: 1’  15h46 21 janvier
Eve Tushnet
By Eve Tushnet It is my dubious privilege to confirm the fact that man never invented anything that he didn’t eventually put to use. That’s how Tomata du Plenty (played by the punk singer of the same name) describes the nuclear apocalypse that has left him the eponymous sole survivor in Dutch...
Believe the Fairy Tales : Alan Garner’s The Voice That Thunders  14h52 16 janvier
Michael Grasso
By Michael Grasso Over the course of my many explorations of British hauntology of the 1970s over the past five years, I found myself enjoying a pair of television adaptations, produced a decade apart, full of deep mystical themes reaching back into the marrow of ancient Britain...
Imperial March: Dorfman and Mattelart’s How to Read Donald Duck’  14h36 15 janvier
Ben Schwartz
By Ben Schwartz The hectic, global nightmare of early 2020 seems like a good time to reappraise our perception of Disney, an increasingly powerful demigod in the media-saturated hellscape we live in. Outlets and organs of multiple disciplines have put out breathless articles about the...
Supersonic Fantasies: Celebrating the Mecha of Supermarionation  15h31 14 janvier
Fred McNamara
By Fred McNamara The sci-fi Supermarionation shows produced by Gerry Anderson’s AP Films Century 21 Productions offer something for every generation, and contemporary celebrations of them focus on what made them popular in the first place: the painstaking and glorious depiction of futuristic,...
Unity, Precision, Thrust : The NASA Graphics Standards Manual, 197  15h32 09 janvier
Michael Grasso
n the mid-1970s, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was in a period of transition. The final manned Apollo mission to the Moon, Apollo 17, had returned to Earth in December 1972; no further Moon landings were planned. NASA had recently kicked off their Skylab experiments in short...
More Things in Heaven: Fred Scharmen’s Space Settlements’  16h18 08 janvier
K.E. Roberts
By K.E. Roberts You’ve seen the images before: interiors of massive cylindrical and spherical space habitats, where posh-looking off-world colonists attend catered cocktail parties and sip coffee on their (seemingly) tilted verandas; where space-suited construction workers navigate through zero...
Mutating Empire: Britains’ Space’ Toys  15h42 07 janvier
Richard McKenna
Of all the weird remnants to have filtered down into British popular culture of the late 20th century, the toy soldier was one of the most pervasive. The British Army had long been an important element---read facilitator and enforcer---of the country’s imperialist culture...
Spacy Spheres and Funky Shacks : The Otherworlds of 1971’s Domebook 2  15h38 12 décembre
Michael Grasso
In the spring of 1971, it seemed everyone on the fringes of mainstream society in North America was trying to build geodesic domes: soaring gridwork domes made of plastic and steel, of wood, of concrete. Inspired by technocratic engineer-turned-counterculture guru and geodesic dome evangelist R....
When Seconds Count : Reader’s Digest’s What to Do in an Emergency’, 198  16h04 11 décembre
Richard McKenna
The world is a dangerous place, and nowhere is this more true---subjectively speaking---than in its safest, most fortunate corners. I’ve spoken before about how the postwar UK seemed sometimes to be living in a traumatized fugue state of danger and threat. Here, then, is the bible of that...