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zogg_1Children’s books have always presented, in a sense, a kind of unique menace. They are among the first lengthy exposures that our children have which are dedicated to learning language. And yet, far more than most adult reading material, children’s books are also loaded with social programming.

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It’s No Bullshit!

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imagesAlthough George Carlin is renowned for his standup comedy, a career more prolific than that of any other modern practitioner of the form, he had some fascinating detours along the way. He was Mr. Conductor in the old Shining Time Station shows, he had a few seasons of a sitcom, the George Carlin Show, on Fox, and he briefly dabbled in absurdist animation.

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Hansi, the Girl Who Loved the Swastika

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hansiSpire Christian Comics was an old comics company that, like many other publishers (including Marvel, in its early years), was distributed and printed by a larger company. Archie Comics, the publisher that got famous off of superheroes like The Shield and The Black Hood before changing their name and focusing on kiddie humor comics, distributed Spire’s material.

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The Tortuous Past of Flogging Molly

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images-22Dave King sings for Flogging Molly, the punk band of choice for hipsters and hippies, green-beer Irish and real-life Dubliners, and party people everywhere.  But did you know that he used to sing for Fast Eddie Clarke’s 80s metal band, Fastway?  He seemed to really be into it.  This was no passing interest of Dave’s; after he and Fast Eddie parted ways acrimoniously, Dave started Katmandu with one of the guys from Krokus!

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Comic Book Legends Revealed

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thor003Think you know the origin of Superman? Think again. Comic Book Legends Revealed weaves the kinds of stories you didn’t know you cared about. CBLR is often for the hardcore fan; if you’re not in your local comic shop every Wednesday, you probably don’t care why Jack Kirby’s Ultraverse titles failed, or that Vince Colletta once forgot to draw a character’s head in an issue of Thor.

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Woke Up Way Too Late

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sheffield1The genius of Ben Folds is not just the albums he releases. You don’t understand the intense creativity and expression of the man until you see or hear him perform live. At his best, Folds improvises one or more songs as part of his set, often about banal, mundane subjects like buoyant force or the local basketball coach, re-imagines his songs in the moment, and interacts with his audience in an energetic, personal way that most artists just don’t care to do.

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