Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Pop Culture Echoes’ Category

Ambrose Burnside, Union General

While reading background material for these Old Testament books, I’ve noticed that the Prophets all have what the fashion mavens currently thronging New York would probably call “a look”. There’s a standard-issue beard for these guys.

Naturally, we don’t have photographs of the Prophets. So it’s possible that the samey-ness of the beards is a failure of imagination on the part of the artists. It’s possible that the Prophets had beards as dazzling and varied as those of American Civil War generals.

But while Ambrose Burnside here seems to be modeling gravitational fields with his facial furniture, the representations we have of the Prophets are less exciting.

Let’s start with Moses.

(more…)

Read Full Post »

… to link to Kate Beaton cartoons is a good one. I expect I’ll be finding more excuses as time goes on.

kbeatonmoses

Click on Moses! Click him! He will take you to the Promised Land of Mirth!

For instance, she’s pretty much summed up Metamorphoses. Take that, Ovid!

Still looking in to the manna thing. Can’t decide which theory is more hilarious/repulsive: the one that suggests manna was the secretions of scale insects, or the one that suggests it may have been psylocibe cubensis— you know, magic mushrooms.

Read Full Post »

I was kind of pleased with that phrase from the last post, and started thinking about how there might actually be a literal cult of Aaron Spelling characters someday, after we’ve all died from watering our plants with Brawndo and the cockroaches reach sentience and find tapes of Dynasty and Beverly Hills 90210.

It seemed to me that this would be the just fate for our current culture. It also seemed to me that there was one logical choice for the chief deity of this pantheon:

Alexis Colby from "Dynasty"

You could even address her Homerically: “Taut-browed love goddess, Alexis who weareth the turban”.

However, I have been beaten to the punch: she is already a cult figure elsewhere.

Poop.

Read Full Post »

%d bloggers like this: