Posts from the ‘Art’ Category

  • The Purpose of Art and Storytelling

    May 23rd, 2017 | Art, Beauty | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    Stories and art are important because human beings are conceptual. This among other things means that humans survive by use of their reasoning brains. Humans evolved neither the balls of bulls, nor the trunks of elephants, nor the claws of bears, nor the necks of giraffes, but the brains of Homo sapiens, with a capacity […]

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  • High Cheekbones: a beautiful post

    May 9th, 2017 | Beauty | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    At the bar, when the drunken reporter recently asked, “Are you a tit man or an ass man?” I replied: “High cheekbones” (improvising a little on Karl Shapiro): Verlaine compares the buttocks and the breasts: Buttocks the holy throne of the indecencies. Breasts savored by drunken lips and the tongue. Buttocks with their ravine of […]

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  • Steamy Book Covers from the Golden Age of Lesbian Pulp

    Steamy Book Covers from the Golden Age of Lesbian Pulp

    March 6th, 2014 | Art | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    Lesbian pulp? Golden Age? Who knew? I submit if that Rendezvous in Lesbos doesn’t give you a big boner, then you don’t have a pulse. Those photos come from Yale University’s Beinecke Library, Room 26, the “Cabinet of Curiosities,” Lesbian Pulp Novels, 1935-1965. The Yale Library blog on this subject reads, in part: The genre’s […]

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  • No, That’s Not an Artificial Leg

    No, That’s Not an Artificial Leg

    February 27th, 2014 | Art | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    The latest trend in pulp. It’s called 3-D tattooing, and you’ve got to see it to believe it: Read the full article here. Is it beauty? I don’t know, but I kind of like it. (Hat tip Chronicles of Ara)

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  • High Cheekbones (A Post about Beauty)

    High Cheekbones (A Post about Beauty)

    August 21st, 2013 | Beauty | journalpulp | 7 Comments

    At the bar, when the drunken reporter recently asked, “Are you a tit man or an ass man?” I replied: “High cheekbones” (improvising a little on Karl Shapiro): Verlaine compares the buttocks and the breasts: Buttocks the holy throne of the indecencies. Breasts savored by drunken lips and the tongue. Buttocks with their ravine of […]

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  • What Makes Certain Art Timeless?

    What Makes Certain Art Timeless?

    July 19th, 2012 | Art, Beauty | journalpulp | 12 Comments

    “To produce a mighty book you must choose a mighty theme.” Said Herman Melville. And it’s true — true of any and all art: mighty themes are one of the distinguishing characteristics of timeless art. What is theme? Theme is the meaning that the components of your story or artwork add up to. In literature, […]

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  • Mastering Your Mugshot

    Mastering Your Mugshot

    May 24th, 2012 | Beauty | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    Self-consciousness, as August Mclaughlin notes in a recent post, will almost invariably show through in your headshots. But there’s a way you can avoid it: Don’t try too hard. Use your imagination to drift away during the shoot. In particular, don’t think about the photos during the shoot. This may sound odd, but it helps […]

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  • Stylists And Stylization

    Stylists And Stylization

    March 8th, 2012 | Art | journalpulp | 4 Comments

    It’s been said that a true artist doesn’t ever lose sight of reality: she stylizes it. It’s been also noted that a good painting often looks more real than reality itself. The reason both of these things are true is that art — which includes literature — is selectivity. Selectivity is the process of choosing […]

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  • What Is Beauty?

    What Is Beauty?

    August 27th, 2011 | Aesthetics, Art, Beauty, Esthetics | journalpulp | 9 Comments

    A reader writes: Dear Sir: Forget your politics. What is beauty? Is it anything? — Lily Alderman Dear Lily: It is everything. Beauty is the esthetically pleasing, it is the lovely. Aristotle wrote: “Beauty depends on size as well as symmetry” (ahem, ahem). But beauty is symmetry. Beauty is congruence. It is the bah-bah in […]

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  • Why Are Stories Important?

    Why Are Stories Important?

    July 20th, 2011 | Art, Literature, Storytelling | journalpulp | 6 Comments

    Stories are important because human beings are conceptual. This among other things means that humans survive by use of their reasoning brains. Humans evolved neither the balls of bulls, nor the trunks of elephants, nor the claws of bears, nor the necks of giraffes, but the brains of Homo sapiens, with a capacity to think. […]

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