To my surprise I've been doing this extra stupid (and I use "stupid" as a point of pride) for almost 7 years. It's hard to believe I've managed to maintain this consistently mediocre corner of cyberspace for so long. I intentionally try to never talk about myself very much because this is primarily a "show & tell" type blog, but since I'm running out of the "show" in this post I'm going to get just a little more personal with the "show" this time. If that makes any sense.
Most every literate person knows Reading is Fundamental. Books still have a certain prestige in our society - whether they be digital or even "books on tape." People have found profound personal enlightenment in reading religious texts, self-help books, famous works of literature or whatever is popular on Oprah's Book Club list.
I found THAT book that spoke personally to ME when I was in college, and stumbled upon the 1988 book High Weirdness by Mail, by Ivan Stang...
It's the introduction spoke to me directly like nothing else ever has...
If you couldn't read the picture above, please let me make it easier for you by turning it into text...
Do you have “different” tastes? Intrigued by the bizarre, the kooky,
the kinky — as long as it keeps its distance? Enjoy getting unsolicited,
unspeakably weird things in the mail — for free? Love to snicker in
superiority (perhaps largely imagined) at the incredible gullibility of
others? Enjoy reading the headlines on sleazy tabloids, and ads for
local psychic fortune-tellers? Appreciate unexpected glimpses of the
strange “realities” behind religions other than your own? Entranced
by the thought process of the mentally ill? Bored to tears by any music, video, and literature that isn’t almost shockingly original?
Painfully aware that all the great geniuses and inventors of the past appeared totally insane to everyone around them?
HAVE WE GOT A HOBBY FOR YOU!!
Specifically it is the "Intrigued by the bizarre, the kooky, the kinky — as long as it keeps its distance?" part in particular which pretty much sums me up. I think I just might have it placed on my gravestone.
I took this book to heart, and in the early 90's (a time just before the interenet exploded) I was able to mail away for the bizarre and kooky. I never sent away for any of the truly "scary" things listed in the book. I wasn't very interested in anything some sort of saucer cult might send, and I certainly didn't want to take the chance of any saucer cults devotees ending up on my doorstep. Heck I've got enough aggravation from those pesky Jehovah's Witnesses's.
I sent away for much of the nicer stuff. Like the monster and science fiction models offered by Mike Evans Model Kits, although unfortunately I never got beyond looking at the catalog/newsletter. You can see I even corrected the address on the book's entry...
Or the wondrous products from Archie McPhee...
Unlike those models, I actually ordered a number of things from Archie McPhee in the 90's.
So that brings us back to last month, when I thought for certain I had a few of these old monster/science fiction model and Archie McPhee catalogs squirreled away somewhere. When it came time to use them in a post they were nowhere to be found. After racking my brain I now have a dim memory of cleaning house about 10 years ago and tossing a lot of stuff like that out. I thought with the internet who need to keep the old catalogs.
Well fortunately it appears like Archie McPhee has archived some of their old catalogs online...
|I once had that catalog!|
...but I wasn't able to access it. Maybe you will have a better luck if you wish to check out the Archie McPhee blog for yourself.
Lastly here's a great link for those who wish to re-live High Weirdness By Mail in modern internet form it's the officially sanctioned High Weirdness By Web.