Thursday, September 27, 2012
HUBERT'S FREAKS: The Rare Book Dealer, A Times Square Freakshow & The Lost Photos of Diane Arbus - by Gregory Gibson
HUBERT'S FREAKS: The Rare Book Dealer, A Times Square Freakshow and the Lost Photos of Diane Arbus
By Gregory Gibson
The stranger than fiction true story of how an odd-ball rare book dealer discovered a lost stash of Diane Arbus photographs - and what he did with the find of a lifetime.
Bob Langmuir is an obsessive dealer with an uncanny eye for treasure who makes the discovery of a lifetime when he chances upon a stash of never before seen photos taken by the legendary photographer Diane Arbus.
From the moment he sees some intriguing photos in a trunk he buys from a guy who claims to be a member of the Nigerian Royal family, he knows he's on to something - the trunk holds the archive of a Times Square mid-century freak show called Hubert's that Diane Arbus often frequented.
He begins to suspect that what he has found may add a pivotal chapter to what is now known about Diane Arbus and the "old weird America" that Hubert's Freak Show was a part of.
Bob's ensuing adventure, full of bizarre coincidences - turns into a roller coaster ride that takes him from the fringes of the memorabilia business to Sotheby's, and from the exhibits of a run-down Times Square freak show to the currator's office of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Will the photos be authenticated? How will the Arbus estate react? Most importantly, can Bob, who has seen more than a few promising deals head south, finally make his one big score?
Harcourt Books - 2008 Edition - 274 Page Hardcover - b&w illustrations - Price: $20.00
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
WEATHER WARFARE: The Military's Plan to Draft Mother Nature - by Jerry E. Smith - Chem-trails/Geo-engineering
WEATHER WARFARE: The Military's Plan to Draft Mother Nature - by Jerry E. Smith
Geo-engineering/ Chem-trails/ Global Warming/ Military and Government Corruption
*CHEM-TRAILS: This follow-up to Jerry E. Smith's book HAARP: THE ULTIMATE WEAPON covers the 130-year history of military, scientific and commercial efforts at controlling Mother Nature. The furor over cloud seeding above the Ho Chi Min Trail during the Viet Nam War lead to a 1978 UN treaty banning the use of all environmental processes (weather, earthquakes, tidal waves, etc.) as weapons of war. After signing that treaty US research allocations dropped from $140 million a year to zero - did Uncle Sam really abandon this research, or did the whole program go "black" / "underground" / "top secret" ?
A lengthy chapter on the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) contains the most up to date material now available in book form, including how it might have played a role in the destruction of the Space Shuttle Columbia.
Smith spends 100 pages on "chemtrails" focusing on "geo-engineering" - a scheme to use particles intentionally released into the upper atmosphere to mitigate global warming. All this and much more!
This represents our science community, military complex and 'transparent' government out of control !!
Adventures Unlimited Press - 2006 Edition - 382 Page Paperback - Few Illustrations - Chemtrails/ Global Warming/ Corrupt Government/ Corrupt Military - PRICE: $18.00
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
BURLESQUE PARAPHERNALIA CATALOG #439 - Strange Collection of pranks, jokes, costumes and all manner of the bizarre!!
Burlesque Paraphernalia Catalog Number #439
Intro by Charles Schneider - with an Appreciation by Magician David Copperfield
This book is a time machine - an obscure vintage re-issued catalog collection of pranks, jokes, costumes and all manner of strangeness!! This book is truly incredible and overflowing with unusual items that defy description - they just don't make stuff like this anymore -- Could you imagine, in today's world of lawyers and lawsuits, inviting someone to sit in a trick collapsing-exploding chair? The amazing De Moulin Brothers catalog of 'Burlesque and Side Degree Paraphernalia' is full of barely describable props and items - pranks, gags, tricks, costumes, exploding cigars, theater props, collapsing chairs, whoopee cushions, hand buzzers, skeletons, devil masks, spankers and all the equipment and costumes for elaborate old ritualistic, vaudeville, side-show, theater, stage and slapstick jokes of past days...
Many of these items were intended as to be used as initiation devices as part of various elaborate secret society rituals. Back in those days, fraternal organizations flourished by the hundreds - and these jokes and pranks were of a high order - the uses and plots were developed by the comically sadistic De Moulin Brothers company - the thought, design, skill and craft that went into each piece is astonishing - yes, this book truly is a time machine.
Fantagraphics Books - 2010 Release - Many Many Amazing B&W Illustrations with a few in Color - Ritual/ Vaudeville/ Stage/ Slapstick/ Pranks/ Jokes/ Vaudeville/ Initiation/ Catalog - PRICE: $20.00
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Sunday, September 2, 2012
PANZRAM: A Journal of Murder - By Carl Panzram - with Thomas E. Gaddis and James O. Long
Cover Art by Joe Coleman
"In my lifetime I have murdered 21 human beings, I have committed thousands of burglaries, robberies, larcenies, arsons, and last but not least I have committed sodomy on more than a thousand male human beings. For all of these things I am not the least bit sorry. I have no conscience so that does not worry me. I don't believe in Man, God nor Devil. I hate the whole damn human race including myself."
Carl Panzram, who called himself the "world's worst murderer," wrote these words in a full autobiography and confessional he prepared for the one friend in his life - a young prison guard named Henry Lesser. This book combines these brutally forthright memoirs with the perspective of authors Thomas E. Gaddis (author of Birdman of Alcatraz) and James O. Long in a compelling chronicle of the forces that engender hate. The authors provide a historical and sociological framework for Panzram's own words, using this uniquely detailed self-analysis by a mass murderer to depict what happens when an intelligent and unbreakable personality that has been unmercifully abused strikes back in vengeance.
PANZRAM: A Journal of Murder, arrives as a gripping warning from America's recent past to our current repressive era of prison-system industrial complexes, death penalty abuse, and high rates of incarceration from a man who walked the halls of Death Row with a blindingly clear vision. Although this person is the most heinous murderer and villain - he somehow manages to gain your respect by the end of the book....
Amok Books 2002 Edition - 295 Page Paperback - Some B&W Photos - PRICE: $25.00
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