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The Art of Alejandro Jodorowsky and Pascale Montandon

Alejandro Jodorowsky is well-known for his beautiful, often disturbing films, but he also creates wonderful visual art. He works collaboratively on pieces with his partner Pascale Montandon, who also created the stunning costumes for The Dance of Reality.  Writing these posts often costs me money - whilst looking for images I have just discovered this book: Psicopoesia… Continue reading The Art of Alejandro Jodorowsky and Pascale Montandon


My Top 101 Books (part B, 51-101)

Ok, let's finish this! 51. ARh+ - H.R. Giger. This is a stunning book of A4 images of Giger's work. As a teenager, I took out all of the pages and covered my bedroom walls! The great thing about a Giger piece is that you can never tire of looking at it. You spot something… Continue reading My Top 101 Books (part B, 51-101)


My Top 101 Books (part A, 1-50)

Vacuum Diagrams - Stephen Baxter. I love this book. It spans hundreds of thousands of years and it surprised and intrigued me right the way through. It's often described as a collection of short stories, but it definitely seemed like one epic novel to me.

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Oddly Beautiful Photos of the Night Sky

The above image shows the scene during a blackout. If you visit the page, you can also see how it would normally look with light pollution. I must admit, I find both images beautiful.


The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band – top 5 strangest songs

Known for their odd comedy songs and surreal covers of rag-time tracks, The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band started out on the hit 60s show Do Not Adjust Your Set (a precursor to what would later become Monty Python's Flying Circus), alongside Eric Idle, Michael Palin, David Jason (amazingly, the most popular cast member at the… Continue reading The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band – top 5 strangest songs


Jaffalogue’s Best Reads of 2015: Part 1


What a great year for reading! I posted more than 300 reviews this year and have some recommendations to give in many different genres. I will try to limit the “Best of” Awards to things published in 2015 or re-published in 2015 after getting first noticed in 2014. [This is common for short stories and novellas.]

POETRY: [tie]

If Your Matter Could Reform
–Robert Okaji’s If Your Matter Could Reform is exquisite. [5 beautiful stars] Note that his poetry blog is listed below in best creative writing blogs of the year, too.
Cut-up Apologetic
–Jamie Sharpe’s Cut-up Apologetic is funny, sharp, and poignant. [5 pointed stars] Canada should be proud.

Cat Lady
Honorable mention to the best long narrative poem I read this year: Mary M Schmidt’s Cat Lady. [4 fantastical stars]


Saga, Volume 5–Fiona Staples [illustrator] and Brian K. Vaughan [writer] for Saga, Volume 5. [5 imaginative stars] Read the whole series; it’s half guilty…

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