Some of the semi-haphazard yet steadily kinetic and inventive scenes in Zbynek Brynych’s post-Czech-new-wave West German production O Happy Day AKA Seventeen and Anxious AKA (totally the German title that appears in the credits) “Hot Teens of Good Family”. Brynych may have run a little wild after he managed to make The Fifth Horseman Is Fear back in Czechoslovakia, then left for the greater film-making freedoms in the west after the Prague Spring ended, freedoms perhaps tempered (or enhanced, your call) by the weird exploitation angle that came in, perhaps for funding reasons. In any event the editing and cinematography here is at its 1970 psychedelic best, and it’s a pretty fun teen delinquency film overall.


Diagrammatic occultism in Daniel Zender’s “Spells”.

Diagrammatic occultism in Daniel Zender’s “Spells”.


From Theo Ellsworth's Capacity #8 AND ALSO as a short in Luis Echavarria Uribe's End of the World anthology.

From Theo Ellsworth's Capacity #8 AND ALSO as a short in Luis Echavarria Uribe's End of the World anthology.


I really can’t even begin to describe how good Plan 10 from Outer Space actually is. I mean, these pictures get you part of the way, maybe, but they can do nothing to convey the weird charm and conviction with which it is all somehow carried off by the protagonist/narrator. 


The 1979 first English edition of Kobo Abe’s fantastic medical labyrinth/freakout Secret Rendezvous. By the amazing Tadanori Yokoo.

The 1979 first English edition of Kobo Abe’s fantastic medical labyrinth/freakout Secret Rendezvous. By the amazing Tadanori Yokoo.


Angie Wang jogs into destruction in Mould Map 3.

Angie Wang jogs into destruction in Mould Map 3.


Angular pin-up art from Derek Ballard’s Cartoonshow 2.

Angular pin-up art from Derek Ballard’s Cartoonshow 2.


From the archives: Patrick Kyle and one of old Gang Bang Bongs.

From the archives: Patrick Kyle and one of old Gang Bang Bongs.


The oneiric landscapes of Rebekkah Dunlap's Cities and Spaces.

The oneiric landscapes of Rebekkah Dunlap's Cities and Spaces.


The ridiculous pulp-cool wrap-around cover for the second Dumarest novel by E.C. Tubb. This is the 1976 Arrow re-print (cover artist?) but the original 1973 UK release (also Arrow) had its own totally sweet cover art from Chris Yates.


Alexis’ Beauclair's Chute Libre / Free Fall, a great random find at Printed Matter a month back.
The silent 2-color story seems to be a complicated recursive odyssey, looping through an an alien world in a kind of process towards transcendence. (Transcendance here is a Matisse painting, possibly.) Anyway, this is mysterious, elegant stuff. Check it out if you can.

Alexis’ Beauclair's Chute Libre / Free Fall, a great random find at Printed Matter a month back.

The silent 2-color story seems to be a complicated recursive odyssey, looping through an an alien world in a kind of process towards transcendence. (Transcendance here is a Matisse painting, possibly.) Anyway, this is mysterious, elegant stuff. Check it out if you can.


We’ve been doing a bit of an Altman thing, and though not as perfectly measured and mysterious as 3 Women, his earlier Brewster McCloud is at least equally bizarre. Plus, Shelley Duval’s first role ever across from Harold & Maude's Bud Cort as a determined flight enthusiast / possible strangler.


Oldschool sci-fi cover art by Frank Kelly Freas for the Ace edition of Samuel Delany’s 1965 The Ballad of Beta 2.
Incidentally, I’ve only just started reading this one (I read most everything I post), but in typical Delaney fashion, it’s already totally gripping and pretty unusual for the genre, following a grad student researching folk songs of interstellar travel for bits of the history of a mysterious disaster coded into their allegorical lyrics.

Oldschool sci-fi cover art by Frank Kelly Freas for the Ace edition of Samuel Delany’s 1965 The Ballad of Beta 2.

Incidentally, I’ve only just started reading this one (I read most everything I post), but in typical Delaney fashion, it’s already totally gripping and pretty unusual for the genre, following a grad student researching folk songs of interstellar travel for bits of the history of a mysterious disaster coded into their allegorical lyrics.


Un Sedicesimo 28: Emiliano Ponzi's Inferno. (Wedding design inspirations for next week?)

Un Sedicesimo 28: Emiliano Ponzi's Inferno. (Wedding design inspirations for next week?)


Un Sedicesimo 1a: Esther Lee’s Plastic Garbage Bag. Korean art by way of the Italian design series.

Un Sedicesimo 1a: Esther Lee’s Plastic Garbage Bag. Korean art by way of the Italian design series.