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Works from the Lethal Weapons series (1993-1997). Barton Benes.
In the 1990s, a button-pushing New York artist took on a subject that cut him to the quick: HIV and AIDS.
Barton Benes had lost a lot of friends, including his boyfriend, and was himself HIV-positive when an everyday kitchen accident took on a surreal bent — one that got him thinking about the visceral power of blood, and how it plays on our deepest fears.
The result is a series Benes titled Lethal Weapons — a collection of pieces filled with the artist’s own HIV-infected blood, and steeped in a sense of both danger and humor.
(For the rest of the story, listen to Radiolab’s piece on Benes in their Blood episode.)
10 of the Best Twilight Zone Episodes
This week marks the 54th anniversary of Rod Serling’s seminal science fiction television series that transported viewers into unknown dimensions — of sight, sound and of mind. One of the best TV shows to come out of the 1960s without having lost any of its appeal. Here are 10 of some of the best Twilight Zone episodes. Which are your favorites?
1 Nightmare at 20,000 Feet — William “Captain Kirk” Shatner stars in what might be the most famous and revered of all Twilight Zone episodes.
2 To Serve Man — In this episode, mankind has seemingly found a benevolent alien savior in the form of the Kanamits — a race of towering space travelers who are all too willing to help Earth eradicate the problems of hunger and war.
3 The Eye of the Beholder — A young woman undergoes surgery to improve her appearance and look like everyone else. It all becomes clear when the doctors and nurses faces are revealed.
4 Time Enough at Last — After getting his wish to be rid of people, he is stuck in a world with all the time and books he could ever want and no way to enjoy them.
5 It’s a Good Life — A boy with incredible psychic powers who holds everyone around him hostage. And if they displease him, he simply thinks them out of existence.
6 The Invaders — A woman takes on tiny alien beings who accost her at her isolated farmhouse with an incredible twist at the end.
7 The Monsters are Due on Maple Street — This episode is another tale that asks the viewers to decide who the real monsters are: the alien invaders or their very own friends and neighbors? The invaders conclude that the best way to destroy mankind is to let us destroy ourselves.
8 Living Doll — A man isn’t a fan of his stepdaughter’s new “Talky Tina” doll, especially after she starts telling him she’s going to kill him.
9 Walking Distance — A man revisits his childhood (literally). It’s not the typical Twilight Zone story, but it stands as one of the best tales in the series and one of Serling’s finest moments.
10 Five Characters in Search of an Exit — An army major wakes up in a metal cylinder and meets a hobo, a ballet dancer, a bagpiper, and a clown. This episode features one of the best surprise endings of the series.
These cats are my family, I am one of them
I will own one. Soon.
Society may be terrible but know what legal rights you do have.
knowyourix.org is an AWESOME resource for dealing with sexual violence on campus
Someone requested a post of all of the current Strong Female Characters, so here you go.
Love these ladies.
Creepy Halloween Kids c. 1920s-1950s
THANK YOU to punknews.org and John Gentile for letting me be a part of your Rad Women Who Make Rad Art series!! I’m honored honored honored!!!
Study drawing and final painting side by side. This painting is current on display at the Strychnin Gallery in Berlin (so if you’re in Germany, go there and tell all the perfect people who run the gallery hi!). @strychninberlin #art #painting #acrylic #drawing #illustration #penandink #modernart #popsurrealism #strychningallery #exhibits #bird #birdhouse #babybird #feathers #hands #star #stringgames #studydrawing