High Weirdness By Mail

High Weirdness By Mail This hysterical hobbyist s guide belongs in every hip library Coot cat Reverend Ivan Stang high holy of the Church of the SubGenius has compiled a bestiary of American creeps and crazies so that you

  • Title: High Weirdness By Mail
  • Author: Ivan Stang
  • ISBN: 9780671642600
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Paperback
  • This hysterical hobbyist s guide belongs in every hip library Coot cat Reverend Ivan Stang, high holy of the Church of the SubGenius, has compiled a bestiary of American creeps and crazies so that you can write to them and receive mail that is weird, horrible, wonderfully absurd, or a combination of all three Each entry has a paragraph or two and the last known mailing aThis hysterical hobbyist s guide belongs in every hip library Coot cat Reverend Ivan Stang, high holy of the Church of the SubGenius, has compiled a bestiary of American creeps and crazies so that you can write to them and receive mail that is weird, horrible, wonderfully absurd, or a combination of all three Each entry has a paragraph or two and the last known mailing address of some fringe loonies The book is only current through 1988, though the only thing wrong with it is that it s high time for an update with URLs, of course Let s see there are catalogs of perpetual motion machines brochures from South American flying saucer cults something called The Battle Cry of Aggressive Christianity Christian, not likely aggressive, you bet and bizarre roundups such as News of the Weird, the Church of Beaver Cleaver, and so on What makes this book so funny is the author s willingness to list and ridicule any group, no matter how repulsive This means, too, that High Weirdness contains a group to offend everyone consider yourself warned In fact, if you aren t offended by some of these groups, you must be pretty offensive yourself So there.

    HIGH WEIRDNESS BY MAIL Ivan Stang Nov , These days, High Weirdness by Mail wallows in temporal slack It fattens itself upon such anachronistic dissonance and preens and poses and presents itself as a pristine document soaking in such temporal slack. High Weirdness The MIT Press High Weirdness by Mail High Weirdness By Mail by Ivan Stang In other words, High Weirdness by Mail is not a book by a normal person for normal people about abnormal people This book is by an abnormal person for abnormal people about even abnormal people. SubSite High Weirdness By Web The Return of High Weirdness By Mail years ago, Rev Ivan Stang and others wrote the book on kooks, visionaries and rogue weirdos of every stripe That book is out of print. High Weirdness Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary High Weirdness by Erik Davis Interesting, academic insights into the s thru the literally comparative and religious analysis of writers physic explorers Terence Mckenna, Robert Anton Wilson, Philip K Dick bordering the thin line between madness, creative genius, mystical psychotic visions and the dynamic uroboros loop between popular culture motifs, the zeitgeist and the internal

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    • Ivan Stang

      American writer, filmmaker and broadcaster, best known as the author and publisher of the first screed of the Church of the SubGenius He is credited with founding the Church with friend Philo Drummond in 1979, though Stang himself denies this and claims the organization was founded in 1953 by J R Bob Dobbs.

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    • IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: I wrote this review long before I knew the horrible truth about Ivan Stang and what he did to Bob Black. Since then, I have decided to remove this book from my favorites and "positive influence" shelves. The review itself will remain as it was when I wrote it. Just bear in mind that this book should be taken as pure disposable entertainment and nothing else.Today, the World Wide Web provides a veritable all-you-can-eat buffet of groups dedicated to virtually anything and ev [...]


    • To start with, the late-'80s-Kinko's-employee snark gets old really fast. But that's just fine. Stang says right in the beginning, when justifying the tone and scope of the project: "Copies of this 'funny book' will be floating around for years, whereas more serious studies will be so rare and/or inconvenient to locate as to be practically nonexistent." And that's absolutely true. This book is still floating around, and it's a treasure trove. Even in the internet era, this age of boundless and a [...]


    • if i had to pick a book that had the biggest impact on my life, this would be it. at 15, i had absolutely no idea who the rev. ivan stang, the church of the subgenius, or even what the hell "mail art" was. it is absolutely responsible for me discovering the magnificent world of small self-published zines and ultimately the continually published bible of mail art, factsheet 5. i started self-publishing my own work for the next 5 years and made me realize you can have a voice (even if it is a tiny [...]



    • This book is sort of an artifact from a time before the internet became a mass phenomenon. In those days, individuals or organizations disseminated their fringe ideas by old fashioned post.This book gives the name, mailing address, and synopsis of fringe publications. Some of the publications are vile, some are silly; they are all whacked out. The editor of this volume, the Rev. Ivan Stang of the Church of the SubGenius, makes witty comments about each publication. Actually I had fun, skipping a [...]


    • I always thought the actual Subgenius materials produced by Stang & Co. somewhat failed to live up to the promise of their fantastic concept. But this compilation of ACTUAL cultic weirdness is absolutely delicious and laugh-out-loud hilarious. I still can't recommend it highly enough, if you can find it, although as another reviewer points out, sadly the snail-mail world of which HWBM is an artefact has largely faded away.


    • obviously of historical interest only, but glad my local library has kept 2(!) copies of this around, as it's a good way of showing folks who don't remember a time before the WWW how we used to have to find our cranks and weirdos. it's also good proof that some stuff didn't get invented by those crazy kids on Tumblr.


    • This was one of the most fun books to read and reread back then. Wish I knew what happened to my copy. I made notes in the book when I wrote away for numerous highly weird things. Ivan Stang is on YouTube now.



    • This can't be appreciated in this day of instant gratification, unfortunately. But still a great collection of neat stuff.






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