Recommended Books

Apocalypse Culture

Two thousand years have passed since the death of Christ and the world is going mad. Nihilist prophets, born-again pornographers, transcendental schizophrenics and just plain folks are united in their belief in an imminent global catastrophe. What are the forces lurking behind this mass delirium?

Apocalypse Culture is a startling, absorbing and exhaustive tour through the nether regions of today’s psychotic landscape. [from the publisher]

Apocalypse Culture 2

For years I’ve been a little leery of this book. First published in 1987, this anthology of doomster essays has become a fixture on the bookshelves of every Tom, Pierced Dick, and Harry. After finally reading it, I have to admit that my prejudice against those who think that being cool means reading lots of ReSearch magazines kept me away from what is actually a fascinating volume, wherein the most absurd, inexcusable positions are defended with calm intelligence and witty rationality. With essays ranging from the sexual liberation of necrophiliacs to strong cases against art and agriculture, editor Adam Parfrey’s collection is one that Tristan Tzara would enjoy, if he were to rise from his mouldy grave in search of good bathroom reading. [from Amazon.com]

Killing for Culture

Definitive investigation into that controversial and inflammatory of all urban myths: the “snuff” movie. Including: Feature film, Mondo film, Death film, and a comprehensive filmography and index.

Illustrated by rare and stunning photographs from cinema, documentary and real life, Killing for Culture is a necessary book which examines and questions the human obsession with images of violence, dismemberment and death, and the way our society is coping with an increased profusion of these disturbing yet compelling images from all quarters. [from the publisher]

Death Scenes: A Homicide Dectective’s Scrapbook

The strange and gruesome crime-scene snapshot collection of LAPD detective Jack Huddleston spans Southern California in its noir heyday. Death Scenes is the noted forerunner of several copycat titles. [from the publisher]

Mummies of Guanajuato

Haunting photos by Archie Lieberman of the mummies from El Museo de las Momias, Mexico, with a 1947 short story by Ray Bradbury about a couple who visit the museum where the wife has an enlightening experience. Photographs by Archie Lieberman; story, “The Next in Line,” by Ray Bradbury. 100 pages; full-page b&w images throughout; 9.75 x 12 inches. [from the publisher]

Mütter Museum: Historic Medical Photographs

The first book on the Mütter Museum contain artful images of the museum’s fascinating exhibits shot by contemporary fine art photographers. Here, the focus is on the museum’s archive of rare historic photographs, most of which have never been seen by the public. Featured are poignant, aesthetically accomplished works ranging from Civil War photographs showing injury and recovery, to the ravages of diseases not yet conquered in the 19th century, to pathological anomalies, to psychological disorders. Many were taken by talented photographers between the 1860s and the 1940s as records for physicians to share among colleagues and to track patients’ conditions, and demonstrate various techniques used in medical photography including the daguerreotype, micrography, X ray, and traditional portrait-style photography. As visual documents of what humans endured in the face of limited medical knowledge, these extraordinary and haunting photographs demonstrate how far medicine has advanced. [from the publisher]

A Crackup At The Race Riots

… in this first book of fictional set pieces, Korine captures the fragmented moments of a life observed through the demented lens of media, TV, and teen obsession. [Harmony] Korine reinvents the novel in this highly experimental montage of scenes that seem both real and surreal at the same time. With a filmmaker’s eye and a prankster’s glee, this bizarre collection of jokes, half-remembered scenes, dialogue fragments, movie ideas, and suicide notes is an episodic, epigrammatic lovesong to the world of images. Korine is the voice of his media-savvy generation and A Crack-Up at the Race Riots is the satiric lovechild of his dark imagination. [from the publisher]

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