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The indices of Harper’s Magazine

I have been a fan of Harper’s Magazine since the 1980s. In particular, I loved the Readings section, as well as the factoids list (with citations) known as Harper’s Index, near the front of each issue. Here are 100 factoids I’ve researched from over the years, dates not important, but...

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A hate on SWAG

SWAG has by now been so overused that no one, not even the generation that wear their hats sideways and wear their pants so that half their ass shows, seem to know what it means anymore. And I don’t mean that older people don’t know what they mean, but I...

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Crappy Album Covers #61 — Cool Religion

Now this is real cool. Wouldn’t you just like to go to church, and instead of those boring sermons and homilies, you instead get a preacher that knows karate, and uses it to show the power of God? Well, Mike Crain the “Karatist Preacher” must have been packing them in,...

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Crappy Album Covers #59 — Stick Figure Neighbourhood

Welcome to the world of stick figures. In today’s blog, our crappy album cover collection will focus on the world of stick figures. This blog entry was named after a 1981 album from a band from Burlington, Ontario called The Spoons. I spent a while deciding whether this album cover...

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Crappy Album Covers #56 — Self-Help for the Helpless II: A Gallery

In today’s blog, I am experimenting with another method of presenting these album covers. I am finding that doing it this way prevents me from looking at the covers directly as I am discussing them. But to see an enlarged image, just click on the ones you want to see....

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Crappy Album Covers #55 — I don't need no STIIINKING album cover artist! — I'll just do it myself!

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the amateur hour, as our guest Manfred, presumably Manfred Voss sings you the love songs of song meister, Arthur E. Werlang. We have to be fair here. These albums are definitely as low-budget as you can get, and it wouldn’t surprise me if ...

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Crappy Album Covers #53 — With all those Santas, Kids will start asking Questions: A gallery

I guess I might have figured sooner or later that Santa would get sick of the North Pole and would want to go to Hawaii, get on a surfboard, and take in a few rays.  Looks like Santa took a few rays too many. Also, his red suit is now...

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Crappy Album Covers #52 — Sorry Individuals

Talk about Mission Accomplished! Now that a black dick is in the white house, attached as it is to a black body, I think that this album has achieved its object. Most of Obama’s economic advisors who will set the scene are the ones who accelerated the long slope downward...

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Crappy Album Covers #51 — The International Language of Bad Taste II

In this virtual tour, we go to what seems to be outer space’s Latin Quarter, then back to China. This album, “en el espacio”, by Los 4 Amigos, is another obvious competitor to the Devo album cover lookalike contest.  We can learn a lot from pictures of aliens. As you...

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Crappy Album Covers #48 — Couldn't hit the broad side of a barn …

Not clear on this idea of double-barreled handguns.  Especially guns that use actual wooden barrels to guide the bullet. Some guns are not made for actual shooting, I suppose. Dave and Ansel Collins put this reggae album out in 1971. The title track of this album peaked at #22 on...

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Crappy Album Covers #47 — I don't get this

Donnie and Joe Emerson’s 1979 offering, Dreamin’ Wild, is classed in some blogs in the psychedelic rock genre. So, then I if I look at this picture and think that I see two heads growing out of one body, then I suppose that it’s because I am on acid? If...

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Crappy Album Covers #45 — Teenagers

Teenagers are a difficult demographic to reach, unless you don’t know anything about them. If you know nothing about the demographic, then it does’t pose a difficulty for you. I know that’s kind of like saying that if you don’t know anything about painting a portrait, then slashing the brush...

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