Way to Calvary

Way to Calvary

While it's about a week late, subject matter wise, this particular image came up courtesy of Infogalactic's featured picture on the main page a few days back. The Way to Calvary, by Andrea di Bartolo. Yes, it is stylized instead of realistic, in the sense that posture, perspective, and such are not adhered to with any degree of faithfulness. It is nevertheless beautiful.…

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Cult of the Child

Cult of the Child

So discussing the ugliness, the propaganda and "sophisticated" writing faults, and the ugliness disguised as beauty as I have been, I thought one more item needed to be looked at. I'm not sure where I most recently heard it, but was reminded of the expression "cult of the child" in regards to several tendencies, mostly parents catering to children, and mothers treating children as shields. What it brought to mind was something else I most painfully noticed a long time ago - especially in Spielberg movies in the 80's - the worship of childlike innocence as a cure to ills.…

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While the Ugliness is Fairly New...

While the Ugliness is Fairly New...

The propaganda isn't. Not by a long shot. It is no secret that a number of writers in Hollywood were outright communists back in the days of the much villainized McCarthy, and that drips and drabs of propaganda were inserted back then, even if they rarely had the chance to make the entire movie anti-american. I've discussed before how even older plays and movies like Fiddler on the Roof were steeped in culture-destroying pro-communist propaganda. It had gotten so bad by the late 90's/early 00's that an outright self-proclaimed Trotskyite like Eric Flint could write 1632 and have it…

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Ian Stead

Ian Stead

One of the people I followed on Google+ was Ian Stead, who has done a lot of space and Sci-Fi related art, including a number of excellent renderings of Traveller ships. These have been used for a number of Traveller-compatible shipbook and related products in the last decade or so. While he hasn't updated his website much, it's worth a visit.…

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