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Bits of pulp: podcasts, pulps, Paul

Posted by at 10:00 am Tuesday, September 23, 2014 in Bits of Pulp, News, People, Pulp Art, Pulp History, Pulp Preservation, PulpFest, Pulps, Pulpsters, Websites
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THE BOOK CAVE SHUTS ITS COVERS: The final episode of “The Book Cave” hit the interwaves last Thursday.

Ric Croxton and Art Sippo wrapped up their podcast “about books, comics, pulps, movie serials, old time radio and TV series” with its 300th episode. Guests included Bruce Rosenberger of the KomicsKast podcast, and Tom and Ginger Johnson of Echoes fame.

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Hunting pulps in the wild

Posted by at 10:00 am Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in Pulp Collectibles, Pulp History, Pulp Preservation, Pulps
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I get jealous when folks mention in newsgroups or on blogs that they stopped by a flea market or an antique store and picked up a half-dozen pulp magazines here, another handful there.

Jonathan Jenson wrote on his blog, The Adventure Continues, in May about such a find.

Hmm. I must be stopping at the wrong places.

In the past 20 years, I’ve come across no more than five pulps in such establishments: a couple of Argosys from the ’40s, a couple of Weird Tales from the ’50s, and an issue of the 1950s pulp Two Complete Science-Adventure Books.

That’s not a stunning cache. But I have to admit I’m not hitting the flea markets every week — not even every month. That may have something to do with it.

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CBS News gets it wrong about the pulps

Posted by at 10:00 am Tuesday, March 25, 2014 in Movies/TV/Radio, Pulp Preservation, Pulps
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CBS News gets it wrong about the pulps

Speaking from a journalism career of more than 25 years (and from being a pulp fan even longer), I can safely say that CBS News blew it in a report on the Library of Congress‘ efforts to preserve its pulp magazines.

As a reporter, the first thing you want to do is make sure you understand the subject of your story.

I’m referring to a report by CBS News’ Chip Reid from last October that’s making the round recently on Facebook. (I’m sorry I can’t embed the video in the post; CBS News won’t allow it. You’ll have to visit the Dailymotion website to watch it.)

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Library of Congress: ‘Saving pulp fiction’

Posted by at 11:12 pm Thursday, September 5, 2013 in Pulp Art, Pulp Preservation, Pulps, Quick Links
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Pulps at the Library of CongressHere’s a story on the Library of Congress Blog about how the library is preserving its collection of pulp magazine covers.

The interiors of the magazines were photographed on microfilm years ago. But it’s sad that even the Library of Congress can’t today digitize all of that fiction as a means of preserving it because of copyright rules.

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Pulp photo gallery updated

Posted by at 4:00 pm Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in News, Pulp Preservation, Pulps, ThePulp.Net
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Don’t you wish you had a time machine?

Can’t you just imagine standing in the glory of a sidewalk newsstand overflowing with lavishly colored pulp magazines?

The first sentence above is also the opening sentence on the next-best-thing to a time machine: ThePulp.Net’s Pulp Photos page.

New York newsstand in 1946

Today we added the photo above. It’s of a woman making a purchase at a New York newsstand in May 1936. There are copies of Short Stories (May 10, 1936), Spicy Detective (June 1936), Detective Fiction Weekly, Argosy, Wild West Weekly, Popular Western and Western Story Magazine for sale.

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Pulps and lottery dreams

Posted by at 11:51 pm Saturday, February 18, 2012 in Opinion, Pulp Preservation, Pulps
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Now would be a good time to win the lottery.

If you haven’t checked it out, head over to Adventure House and browse through the Frank M. Robinson auctions that have gotten under way recently.

You can pick up a complete run of Adventure pulps — all 753 pieces in fine condition — for a starting bid of $10,000. For the same starting bid, you might win a nearly complete run of The Blue Book Magazine — 593 pieces, including a number of early stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs.

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