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Self portrait of Steve Ditko asleep at drawing board (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Daniel Kalder: “Stan Lee went to Hollywood where he spent three decades failing to score any big movie deals; Jack Kirby died embittered at his treatment by the firm; and Steve Ditko turned to publishing bizarre Randian tracts in tiny print runs. By the 1990s, Marvel was fuelling a weird spectator boom with multiple covers on new first issues of comics that they printed by the million and which were obviously never going to be worth anything. A couple of disastrous business decisions later and they went bust, only to be bought over by Ike Perlmutter, an Israeli toy manufacturer who had begun his business career in America in the late 1960s, when he was paid to recite Hebrew prayers at Jewish funerals.”
  • More Kalder: “Just before Christmas I read Happy Moscow, an unfinished novel from the 1930s, set in the soviet capital just as the city was assuming its modern form. As with all of Platonov’s novels the prose is weirdly alienating but also intimate, and the book teems with tropes from the “Golden Age of Stalinism” if you will permit me to use such a phrase. Moscow Chestnova, the titular heroine, is a beautiful girl who becomes a parachutist; she goes to work in the metro but loses a leg; then she moves in with a bizarre, shiftless character who has more or less given up on life.”
  • The Soviet space dogs entry on Wikipedia: “Bars (Барс (pron. “Barss” not “Barz”; “Snow leopard”) and Lisichka (Лисичка, “Little Fox”) were also on a mission to orbit as a part of the Vostok programme, but died after their rocket exploded 28.5 seconds into the launch on July 28, 1960. Bars was also known as Chayka (“Seagull”).Other dogs that flew on sub-orbital flights include Dymka (Дымка, “Smoky”), Modnitsa (Модница, “Fashionable”) and Kozyavka (Козявка, “Little Gnat”).”
  • Also — Wikipedia’s monkeys in space entry
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My dog is my favorite non-human animal on earth.

Whenever we arrive at the dog park, we are barbarians at the gates, restless to permeate the membranes of these verdant cocoons; eager to find tranquility and smoke it from its hole.

The dog is my fierce friend, my loyal companion. When I’m depressed, he energizes me with his playfulness. When I need to relax, he is a palm frond for my aching ass muscles.

Sometimes people try to “tame” the contrarian fires burning in my dog’s wolf-warrior soul. To slow this elegant engine of destruction from its march through neighbors’ backyards and their cat-litter boxes.

But, to paraphrase something the great Jim Goad once said, “Would you ask Usain Bolt not to sprint?

If someone ever tried to hurt my dog, the forecast would call for a torrent of fist-showers. My knuckles would rain hell on his assailant with the ferocity of a valkyrie carrying its freshest kill to Valhalla.

Cat owners, yours is no disgrace. I love cats too. I actually own one of them, with another on the way (I’m “cat-pregnant,” with an expected due date of Autumn 2013.)

But I admire the chaos and incivility that dogs bring to the table. Chaos sells, and my dog’s buying.

Fun tidbit: My ex-wife and I enjoy joint custody of the dog. When he’s not with me being awesome, he’s protecting her and my son from the city’s most ignoble scum.

He is the greatest canine I know.

x-posted at When Falls the Coliseum

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Turning 39 was a delight.

JB gave me this amazing blown-up photo of my pooch, Carver, which I will soon hang on my wall with gleaming pride:

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JB also gave me this terrific book, which is full of great photos. Below are some examples (scanned versions don’t do them justice though):

And, thanks to some birthday cash from the fam, I procured these items:

And I haven’t even mentioned this goddamn humdinger of a t-shirt, courtesy of JB! (And two others much like it!)

Year 39 WILL BE GREAT!

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Hulk #169

PERIL magazine, August 1960. Artist uncredited

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The Only Thing the Leopard Understands: The Crime of Murder

The Left Hand of God

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Night buildings

The Door to Hell (in the daytime) / Turkmenistan, Darvaza

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Bear portrait

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