The Cultural Gutter

beyond good and bad, there is awesome

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." -- Oscar Wilde

RIP, Eli Wallach

Gutterthon Thumbnail

Actor Eli Wallach has died. He appeared in many, many films and television shows including The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966), The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Godfather: Part III (1990), New York, I Love You (2008), Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) and Baby Doll (1956). He played Mr. Freeze in the 1960s […]

Sixties and Seventies Asian Pop Record Covers

GetDownGutter_Thumb

A gallery of Singaporean, Malaysian, Indonesian,  Hong Kong and Japanese pop album covers.

“The Architecture of Kowloon Walled City”

GetDownGutter_Thumb

Architecture Daily has an excerpt from City of Darkness detailing the development of Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City. “By the 1970s, the City had filled out to its maximised form, with buildings of up to 14 storeys in height, and virtually no ground level daylight penetration save at its centre. Its density was estimated to […]

Kansas City’s Drag Balls

GetDownGutter_Thumb

Private Birthday Party has a collection of photographs from Kansas City’s Drag Balls in the 1950s and 1960s.

Black Victoriana

GetDownGutter_Thumb

A gallery of photographs of people of African descent from the Victorian era. (Via Kit Marlowe)

“Star Wars: The Marvel Comics Years”

GetDownGutter_Thumb

The Superhero Satellite has an overview of Marvel’s Star Wars comics–with a pretty sweet gallery. (via @BlackHoleMovies)

“Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story” Comic

GetDownGutter_Thumb

A complete digital edition of  Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story (1956), the comic that inspired Rep. John Lewis to pursue nonviolence and social justice.

The Graves of Russian Mafiya Bosses

GetDownGutter_Thumb

Denis Tarasov has photographed the elaborate graves of Russian and Ukrainian organized crime bosses. They’re currently being shown at London’s Saatchi gallery. (via @jakeadelstein)

Monsters of the Fifteenth Century

GetDownGutter_Thumb

A gallery of colorful monsters from a Fifteenth Century book of hours.

“Girls Running Away From Houses”

GetDownGutter_Thumb

A pinterest gallery of book covers featuring women running away from houses. (via @lowdudgeon)

RIP, Al Goldstein

Publisher of Screw magazine and pornography and free speech advocate Al Goldstein has died. The Guardian, The Village Voice, The New York Times and The Miami Herald have obituaries. And here’s a blog dedicated to the appreciation of Screw magazine’s cover art (NSFW & warning: possible triggers).

“Smart Set 400″

GetDownGutter_Thumb

A gallery of “Smart Set 400″  playing cards with pictures of women on the back, starting with ladies from 1909.

“The Topography of Tears”

GetDownGutter_Thumb

Smithsonian Magazine has a gallery of Rose-Lynn Fisher’s photographs of human tears at the microscopic level: ‘“It’s amazing to me how the patterns of nature seem so similar, regardless of scale,” she says. “You can look at patterns of erosion that are etched into earth over thousands of years, and somehow they look very similar […]

Altered Art: Superheroes!

GetDownGutter_Thumb

Fine art with added superhero value. (Thanks, @ImpossibleFunky!)

“Portraits of Cosplay Enthusiasts in their Homes”

GetDownGutter_Thumb

“In his ongoing series of portraits titled, ‘Just the Two of Us,’ photographer Klaus Pitchler gained access to the homes of Austrian costume play (cosplay) enthusiasts where he photographed the elaborately costumed individuals against the backdrops of their everyday life.” See a gallery of his photographs here. (Thanks, Laura!)

“Steve Ditko Out Of This World Megapost”

GetDownGutter_Thumb

Celebrate comics artist and creator Steve Ditko’s birthday with this gallery of his work for <i>Out Of This World</i>.

A History of Codex Seraphinianus

GetDownGutter_Thumb

Abe Books has a look inside Codex Seraphinianus, as well as some of its publication history. Dangerous Minds interviews publisher, Charles Miers.

Glowing Fish Bones

GetDownGutter_Thumb

A gallery of radiographs of fish from the Smithsonian’s Collection. It’s part of a traveling exhibition and there is also a book from Chronicle Books.

Galleries of Creature Designs!

GetDownGutter_Thumb

Do you like monsters, creatures and aliens? We sure do! Here are two galleries of conceptual designs for the Austrian horror movie, The Station / Der Blutgletscher: Part I and Part II. The art is by TOMAK and the movie is directed by Marvin Kren.

“Artists Respond To DC’s Harley Quinn Contest”

GetDownGutter_Thumb

Here’s a gallery of artist responses to DC’s Harley Quinn contest. (Thanks, Mark!)

keep looking »
  • Support The Gutter

  • The Book!

  • Of Note Elsewhere

    Friend of the Gutter, Will McKinley looks at “The 1979 Rockford Files Episode That Inspired The Sopranos.” “A gang from Newark’s South Side is hiding Vinnie Martine’s body in a restaurant freezer. Tony’s mad because Anthony Jr. got caught pranking another mobster. And a boss who’s trying to reform gets his mansion sprayed with bullets. Remember that episode of The Sopranos? If you do, your memory’s playing tricks on you, because all these things happened on a 1979 episode of The Rockford Files—written by Sopranos creator David Chase.”

    And McKinley defends classic television with, “In Praise of Vintage Television.”

    ~

    Journalist Margot Adler has died. She is best known for her work as a journalist on NPR, but she also created the speculative fiction radio program, “The Hour Of The Wolf” and was the writer of Drawing Down The Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today (1979) and Vampires Are Us: Understanding Our Love Affair with the Immortal Dark Side (2014). The New York Times, NPR and  Suvudu have obituaries.  Here Adler discusses Vampires Are Us. And here is an excerpt from Adler’s memoir, Heretic’s Heart (1997).

    ~

    The Toronto International Film Festival has announced its Midnight Madness and Vanguard programs for 2014. There’s lots of goodness in there and it’s worth taking a look even if you aren’t going to the festival, so you can you movie watching later this year or next. We’ll be posting the trailers from the films later.

    ~

    Actor James Shigeta has died. Shigeta appeared in Die Hard (1988), The Crimson Kimono (1959) The Flower Drum Song (1961),  Bridge To The Sun (1961), Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966), The Yakuza (1974) and many, many television shows.  The AV Club, Den Of Geek and Angry Asian Man have obituaries. Bridge to the Sun is discussed by Robert Osborne and Dr. Peter Feng on TCM.  At RogerEbert.com, Matt Zoller Seitz writes an appreciation of Shigeta’s life and work. “Shigeta, who died yesterday at 81, was a marvelous performer, and his work as Nakatomi Corporation President Joseph Takagi in the original 1988 Die Hard is one of my favorite examples of how an imaginative actor can sketch out a life in just a few scenes and lines.”

    ~

    At RogerEbert.com, Alan Zilberman explores the history of the eye in cinema from Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) to Mark Cahill’s I Origins (2014). (via Matt Zoller Seitz)

    ~

    At Never Get Off The Bus, Debbie Moon writes about Captain America: First Avenger. “When adapting existing material, it’s easy to assume that in order to reach point F, you simply have to work through points A – E. To set up Steve Rogers in the modern world, simply romp briskly through everything that happened before he got there. But your character may not be undergoing a single united emotional journey during that period. “

    ~

  • Spilling into Twitter

  • Obsessive?

    Then you might be interested in knowing you can subscribe to our RSS feed, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter or Tumblr.

    -------

  • Weekly Notifications

  • What We’re Talking About

  • Thanks To

    No Media Kings hosts this site, and Wordpress autoconstructs it.

  • %d bloggers like this: