Author Archives: Jefferson Robbins

EARWORM! It’s Your Very Last Chance To Hurt Me

They howled for me at just the right time. I’ve been an evangelist for Brooklyn-Boston postpunk group the Beatings for several years now, as the band that distilled the anger and displacement I felt during the worst of the Bush … Continue reading

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Comix Trip

Gerry Conway, writer: “We were just winging it, sort of like jazz riffing. And if you can think of the idiocy of trying to manage a jazz set, that’s kind of the idiocy, in my view, of trying to manage … Continue reading

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The Monster In The Painting

There’s a moment in Terence Fisher’s The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) that seizes the eye. The film holds many small wonders of composition, but this one hides just beyond the shoulder of the actor holding the frame, and it suggests … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Heroes: Christopher Drake

xx Somebody’s gotta keep these projects classy. DC Universe, the animated arm of the DC Comics empire, has carved out a niche by mining and exploiting classic comics storylines for direct-to-video product. How they manage that material is up for … Continue reading

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Bridge Across The Water

After it was first sighted last month by a fishing boat floating along the Western Washington State coast, eventually washing up on the Olympic National Park, it was confirmed that the 19-meter long dock was one of four that used … Continue reading

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The Only Way The End Of SKYFALL Makes Any Sense (spoilers)

Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes) represents a new element in the rebooted universe where Daniel Craig holds the James Bond role. Previously, this Bond has answered truculently to the stentorian MI6 director addressed only by the letter M (Dame Judi Dench). … Continue reading

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Philip K. Dick: A Day in the Afterlife

Lodged here mostly just because I want to post it: A 1994 edition of BBC’s Arena program, narrated by San Francisco comic and performer Greg Proops. With Terry Gilliam, Thomas M. Disch, Brian Aldiss, Elvis Costello, and an intimidating video … Continue reading

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