Sunday, September 17, 2006

Web-O-Rama

While I continue working on the next installment of my Sideshow article, I want to keep adding regular content. Here are a few Web sites I have found interesting to explore. Some are linked in the sidebar, but most are just places I like to visit and want to share. Go ahead and check them out.

The Human Marvels -- If you are a fan of Ricky Jay's books, this site is for you. This blog style site relates histories of the freakish and fantastic. The stories are compelling. The tone is compassionate. The research is highly informative.

Yellow Tulip Press -- Their tag is "curious chapbooks and hysterical histories. Their books range from Lizzie Broden to Houdini. All make for fun and interesting reading.

Despair, Inc. -- Need motivation? No. How about Demotivation? A hilarious parody of all those feel good, rah-rah office knick-knacks and posters. Funny to read. Funnier to own. (No, they don't pay me for this.)

The Best Page In The Universe. -- That description is his not mine. The author of this site doesn't lack for ego, but he is one damn funny writer. Look at the essay "You're not dave chappelle, and you're not funny." The graph just cracks me up everytime I think about it. I know many people who should be required to read this.

The Fantastic in Art and Fiction -- Cornell University delves into the dark and disturbing, the bizarre and beautiful. Great 17th century engravings and woodcuts organised into intriguing categories. This place is a must for anyone into Goth, Victorian, or Bizarre. And fun if you just like to see really old artwork of death, skeletons, demons, angels, or monsters.

Madame Talbot's Victorian Lowbrow -- If you are the kind of person that liked the above like, you'll also love this one. This is a wonderful artist with wonderfully strange artwork. Don't forget to explore all the parts of her site. I find the curios especially thought provoking. I wish I could afford them. I do own a few of her posters she sold on ebay.

One of things I love to do is go to the links page on these sites. I never know where they might lead me and there are always exciting discoveries just a click away.

1 comment:

Neil Tobin said...

Holy cow, Bill. The Cornell site is a goldmine!
Thanks,
Neil