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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Lazy Sunday Time Wastage

For those of you who haven't discovered him, James Lileks' Institute of Official Cheer is almost insanely cool. Here are some highlights:

Meat! Meat! Meat!, Part II: Lileks has published the original Meat! Meat! Meat!, but this section still shows what happens when you apply artistic criteria and a sick mind to 1970's cookbooks.

The Art of Art Frahm: A testament to the horror of 1950's cheesecake art. Featuring inappropriate celery.

My personal favorite: The Permanent Collection of Impermanent Art. Lileks deconstructs the hidden meanings of ads from the fifties and sixties.

Depending on the section, Lileks has an MPAA rating that ranges between G and a hard PG-13. No bukkake here.

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12 Comments:

  • That is a scream. Thanks. :-)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At November 5, 2006 at 12:18 PM  

  • That guy on the top picture with the girl, looks like Ralph Fiennes. At-least somewhat!

    And pictures like that ad. pictures like at the bottom, so much look like : representing a society's collective past; what was interesting, exciting , useful or at-times irritating, once. Now it is just past. But our past. And that is the charm!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At November 5, 2006 at 1:11 PM  

  • Wow, am I ever glad to not have been born a few decades earlier! At least nowadays we have strong elastic that can stand up to the likes of celery. :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At November 5, 2006 at 5:19 PM  

  • D-
    I keep coming back to Lileks whenever I need a recharge. It keeps me smiling.

    Ramo-
    After reading through Lileks' analyses of advertisements, I can't help but see my own culture differently. All of a sudden, I start noticing the disturbing trends in contemporary media.

    And you're right, he looks a little bit like Ralph Fiennes. Or Tobey Maguire.

    Parlancheq-
    Still, there's a certain romance in vegetables that have the power to cause "clothing malfunctions." Oh, if only celery or the right eggplant had the power to disrobe people!

    By Blogger Crankster, At November 5, 2006 at 5:39 PM  

  • LOL...great stuff...(especially when you're home sick from work and can't do much of anything)...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At November 5, 2006 at 6:54 PM  

  • Odat-
    Have you been able to wander through much of it? If so, what's your favorite thing that you've found?

    By Blogger Crankster, At November 5, 2006 at 11:20 PM  

  • I love meat.

    By Blogger mist1, At November 6, 2006 at 12:24 AM  

  • That came out all wrong.

    I was vegetarian/vegan for too long. I have lots of animals to eat.

    By Blogger mist1, At November 6, 2006 at 12:24 AM  

  • Cholesterol came into being in the early 70's. Before heart disease it only caused stupid grins.

    By Blogger The Naked Nerd, At November 6, 2006 at 3:33 AM  

  • Mist-
    Now, what did you really mean?

    Naked Nerd-
    I love your read on this. Of course, we also have to consider the dangers of trans-fats, which undoubtedly cause short haircuts.

    By Blogger Crankster, At November 6, 2006 at 7:49 AM  

  • I particularly liked the Story of Bread with Mr. Slice O'Bread
    and the Dayalets.....Enough to scare the shit of you instead of what it was meant to do..i.e. make you take your vitamins and eat right...lmao...it's very entertaining!

    By Anonymous Odat, At November 6, 2006 at 7:42 PM  

  • When I read the bread thing, I couldn't stop thinking about Hitler and his "blood and bread" speeches. It just adds that extra touch of creepy.

    By Blogger Crankster, At November 6, 2006 at 10:45 PM  

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