Summer Ennui

I'm back from Michigan and feeling it, feeling that old mid-summer ennui. I like a good, warm day at the beach, but July and August in the Cities are kind of ridiculous, what with the humidity and road construction and roving clouds of killer bees. Also, I have both a head cold and queasy stomach, both which began almost at the very beginning of the trip, probably from dirty ice machine ice at a Motel 6 in Iron Mountain, MI. I did see a fully grown black bear 20 feet up in a tree, though, and toured a cool abandoned copper mine that reminded me a little of The Descent.

So today I watched a good film to accompany summer ennui-The Atomic Cafe, "a disturbing collection of 1940s and 1950s United States government issued propaganda films designed to reassure Americans that the atomic bomb was not a threat to their safety". The Atomic Cafe is a nice little clinic on editing a film and digging up insane and freaky footage, and it'll remind you of just how lucky we've been to survive our political leaders (so far).

Also, I'm reading the graphic novel Black Hole by Charles Burns. It's plain awesome-read a review here.

Alright...hey, what's that in the sky?

Duck and cover!


Greg'ree said...

Hellz ya, Black Hole is the shit!

David Oppegaard said...

yeah, I really liked the ending, too. Cosmic!

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