Bazara at the Shin-Yakushiji Temple in Nara

This wild-haired figure is one of the “Twelve Heavenly Generals” guarding the Buddha at Shin-Yakushiji Temple.  You can really grok the origins of those wild manga hairstyles when you get a close look at this nice statue, which is sculpted from clay and dates back the 8th Century.   This pamphlet dates to 1994.

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Big Hair In Romania

There is something strangely futuristic about the fashions of the 2009 Estetika and Wellness Fair, held this week in Bucharest, Romania.  A set of photos is floating around, depicting the weird loops and cascades of hair on display during the stylist contest.  Reuters blog snarks “Very 17th Century Brothel, Honey!” but it reminds me more […]

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Mack Reynolds and the Institute for 21st Century Studies

Reading the excellent articles on the intrepid wanderer, Socialist, ex-pat, Science Fiction writer, Mack Reynolds, in the latest issue of eI by Earl Kemp, and was amused by the anecdotes of the Institute of Twenty-First Century Studies, which was an organization of professional SF writers during the 1950s. Kemp mentioned that the Proceedings of the […]

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Basil Wolverton: Advice for Weird Beards

Money saving tips are very useful these days, so take a word from the pros:  when your beard gets too weird know how to mow it! This and other great advice is currently available in a series of 50 scans of Basil Wolverton’s “Culture Corner,” which appeared in Whiz Comics between 1945 – 1952. Thanks […]

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Philip Jose Farmer and the Weird Beard

Philip Jose Farmer, one of the great SF minds of our times, passed away in his Peoria, Illinois home.   The tributes and obits are flowing in from all corners of society.   SF Site has posted a great 1975 interview conducted in Minneaopolis by Dave Truesdale, (editor of Tangent fanzine), which primarily deals with the […]

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