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Book Title: It's a Man's World: Men's Adventure Magazines, the Postwar Pulps|
The author of the book: Adam Parfrey
ISBN 13: 9780922915811
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.29 MB
Edition: Feral House
Date of issue: May 1st 2003
Read full description of the books It's a Man's World: Men's Adventure Magazines, the Postwar Pulps:When I was a toddler, I was babysat by a middle-aged neighbor couple, and the husband had a collection of old magazines with covers that, as I later remembered them, featured bikini-clad Nazi chicks exchanging gunfire with other bikini-clad Nazi chicks from the decks of speeding boats. Was I dreaming? As an adult, on the rare occasions that I mentioned those magazines to people my age, no one shared my recollection of them.
Then I came across this book, which, at long last, assured me that such magazines once existed. I’ve now owned the book for a number of years, but I never read the opening essays and interviews until recently, arrested as I was by the pages upon pages of cover-art reproductions, which routinely display bikini-clad chicks and, here and there, Nazis and boats, not to mention exploding planes and gunfire exchanges, as well as monstrous animals, from sharks to bears to snakes to ants (!) to weasels (!!) to otters (!!!), to say nothing of the lashings and impalings and beheadings and almost every type of torture/execution scenario that could be painted and sold in postwar American dimestores without fear of litigation. What’s changed since then? Only, I think, that we live in a more self-censoring culture no less sadistic and paranoiac; it’s just not expressed so blatantly, though future generations will instantly recognize and sneer at our depravities while remaining blind to their own.
Read information about the authorNoted for his foresight as both a writer and publisher, Adam Parfrey’s Apocalypse Culture (1987) was hailed by J.G. Ballard as “the terminal documents of the Twentieth Century.” Cult Rapture (1995), subject of a notorious art exhibition at Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art, included among its dozen pop culture investigations, Parfrey’s Village Voice cover story, the first published article on militias and domestic terrorism.
Apocalypse Culture II (2000), Parfrey’s lauded sequel, anticipated anthrax terror with a disturbing article on Biological Warfare. Extreme Islam: Anti-American Propaganda of Muslim Fundamentalism (2001), “a frightening primer on radical Muslim thought” (New York Press), reveals the ways in which East Jerusalem has become Ground Zero for a coming World War. His newest book Ritual America (2012) seeks to reveal the biggest secret about secret societies: that the influence of fraternal brotherhoods on this country is vast, fundamental, and hidden in plain view.
But writing is not Parfrey’s sole forte. According to the Disinfo.com website, “Adam Parfrey is probably the most influential ‘underground’ publisher in post-millennial America.” In a recent L.A. Weekly feature, writer Doug Harvey celebrates “Adam Parfrey’s notorious, perpetually ahead-of-the-curve company, Feral House, whose encyclopedic interest in taboo (and conveniently forgotten) cultural phenomena helped define independent media through the ’90s. Titles ranging from Psychic Dictatorship in the U.S.A. to Extreme Islam: Anti-American Propaganda of Muslim Fundamentalism stretched the parameters of acceptable intellectual discussion, keeping it broad and porous — often by sheer force of will — for almost two decades.”
Tim Burton’s bio-picture on the B-movie director Ed Wood was based upon the Feral House book, Nightmare of Ecstasy. Feral House’s collections of bizarre conspiracy theory, such as Secret and Suppressed: Banned Ideas and Hidden History were noted influences on Chris Carter’s X-Files. Parfrey himself appeared in and co-wrote Crispin Glover’s controversial “What Is It?“, a 2005 Sundance Film Festival selection.
Parfrey’s new publishing imprint, Process Media, a collaboration with Jodi Wille, has debuted in 2005 with publications by authors Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight), Humphry Knipe (The Nero Prediction), Timothy Archibald (Sex Machines), and Jolene Siana (Go Ask Ogre).
Parfrey’s writing can also be seen in The End is Near (2001, Process/Dilettante Press) and four years of weekly “HelL.A.” columns in the San Diego Reader.
Parfrey’s spoken word and novelty pop recordings have been released by Man’s Ruin (A Sordid Evening of Sonic Sorrows), Sympathy for the Record Industry and Amphetamine Reptile (SWAT: Deep Inside a Cop’s Mind).
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