Monday, February 12, 2007

The Library of a Pop Culture Junkie

And continuing the tour of the apartment, here is The Library. It's probably the most elaborate room in the place.












And for those who missed out here are limks to:
The Kitchen
and
The Living Room

18 comments:

John said...

I met Asimov once, I found him to be rude. Which is fine, because he's Isaac Asimov. I also found Madonna to be rude and that infuriated me a hell of a lot more.

Anyhow, I've hit a point in my life where I just hate having "stuff" - how do you function with so much of it about? It would drive me crazy - at the same time, I understand how so much stuff is acquired. That is why I love downloading - it lets me acquire stuff and then I stick it on a CD and file it away and I never have to deal with it again. It's the perfect set-up.

Cap'n Dyke said...

By Toutatis, ye be utterly astoundin', Lass! Iffin it would not offend ye sensibilities, ye are now a member o' th'crew!

Mmmm, have ye seen th'movie 'Swashbucklers', b'chance?

MC said...

Wow, I love that room. So much pop cultural nuggety goodness.

Dr. Zaius said...

Your extensive collection of action figures and posters puts my little collection to shame. (You've got an Army of Darkness poster, ferchisakes!) It is worth noting that despite the sheer volume of your collection, you have managed to keep them in good condition, and you are obviously very organized.

Your books are alphabetized, for one thing. And many of your action figures are still in the boxes! I can never manage to keep my action figures in the box. They always have way too much action in them. They always seem to get out of the box and fight amongst each other, or gather signatures to hold a special election, or plot to invade the laundry room, or some damned thing.

I noticed several things about the fifth picture down. I am deeply envious of your Lost in Space (the movie) robot, but I am heartened to see that through the use of stem cell research, you have been able to clone several copies of Kermit the Frog.

Also, in the lower right of this picture, you seem to have a copy Alice in Wonderland. (In the photo, below the two Roger Zelazney books.) In another photo you have a copy of Frankenstein. You must have good taste, as these are two of the finest books ever written, in my opinion.

I always thought that somebody should combine the two stories. On a lazy summer afternoon, Alice Frankenstein (instead of Alice Liddell) creates a creature from human parts gathered from various sources. With the aid of the white rabbit, the creature escapes to the alternate dimension of Wonderland. Realizing her error and deciding to find the creature and capture it, Alice chases the monster all through Wonderland.

The monster is unfairly accused of drowning the dormouse in teapot by the people of Wonderland, when in fact the murder was committed by the Mad Hatter all along. The monster is on the run throughout most of the story, aided by characters from Wonderland along the way.

The monster is not vindicated until the end of the second book, "Through the Looking Glass, Darkly," when the dormouse is brought back from the dead by Alice Frankenstein. The dormouse fingers the Mad Hatter, and the Monster and Alice Frankenstein marry, and rule wonderland as King and Queen. The two live happily ever after performing experiments of dubious distinction on their loyal subjects.

Or something like that.

Shroom-Monkey said...

wow, you have all the cool toys!

Scurvy said...

Wow. I am pert' impressed by your collection. I see we have a lot of the same pieces. (I have a pretty extensive LOTR collection as well 95% still in the boxes.) One day when I get my home projects done and I am done demolising things I will get it set up and photo ready again. Nice collection tho. :D

Piper said...

Man, I love that room. This is my dream room and honestly, I have a little wood looking at it.

Becca said...

John-
Have you ever read any of Asimov's memoirs? They are really great reading, he had such an intersting life, but he always comes off sounding cocky. But since he wrote more than 500 books I suppose he's allowed to be cocky.

Madonna is a freak. Her new album wasn't bad tho...

I love having all the stuff around there's something very comforting about it. Sometimes I just like to stand and look at all of it, like you would observe a museum exhibit. Plus it beats the hell outta wallpaper.

Cap 'n-
It is such an honor to be part of the crew!

...and no I haven't seen Swashbucklers but man Robert Shaw + Geoffrey Holder= AWESOME! I must see this.

MC-
A veritable vault of pop cultural nuggety goodness!

Dr. Zauis-
As I said over at Zaius Nation this is such an awesome idea for a book...you need to write this!

And actually very few of the action figures I own are lucky enough to remain in their boxes, there are 3 giant plastic containers full of loose action figures in a closet.

Shroom-
You should come over sometime and we could play!

Scurvy-
Those LOTR toys were awesome, so detailed and they will all pretty much stand on there own. Someday when I have time and money I plan to set em all up with fake trees and grass...god I'm such a fucking geek.

And you should definately post pictures of the home, they'd be pretty cool to see though I admit I will miss the giant sunflower.

Piper-
Happy to be of service.

Ashish Kharwatkar said...

Love it. Love it. Love it. Someday I'll have a collection like that. The music, the movies, the books, the curios, the works. Envy you. Envy you. Envy you.

Lee said...

When I unpack we need to compare collections! I think I can match you in volume but not in the unopened figurines stakes - I don't know how you do it - I once bought a 12 year old Jurassic Park baby T Rex in original packaging - that packaging lasted about 12 seconds with me!
I have to take them out!

Saw your Draco - check out my mini plush Draco - http://blog.sarge.com.au/archives/215

John said...

No, I've only read his Asimov's fiction, but it doesn't surprise me that he comes off sounding cocky - such is the way of intelligent skeptics. Dawkins is like that. If I may say so, people have told me that I come off that way. As does Madonna. She's icky to me.

Your apartment made me think of Jarvis Rockwell. He is Norman Rockwell's son. Here at Mass MoCA, he had an installation of all his action figures - it was a giant pyramid of nothing but action figures and it was mesmerizing. You would have loved it. I may have some photos around here somewhere. My Flickr page does have photos of little dioramas he made of his action figures during the same exhibit that you should go check out. I've had the good occasion to have a few extended conversations with Jarvis about his work and about my own action figure photography.

I'll see if I can dig up photos of the pyramid. It rocked.

Shroom-Monkey said...

oooohhhhh I wanna play with you....

Becca said...

Ashish-
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Lee-
There is no way I would have been able to keep that baby T. Rex in the package either! T. Rex would be out and fighting Draco or Superman or Bettie Page within the hour of purchase.

And the Draco plush is awesome! Funnily enough that Kirk mug on the same post was a Christmas gift for my dad one year. Man that was a cool mug, I should have bought one for myself too!

BTW That Batman mug totally rocks!

John-
You writers and your egos...

Man a giant pyramid of action figures, that's so cool. I'm afraid however if I saw it in person I would be too tempted to jump in as though it were a giant pile of freshly raked leaves in the fall. I'd love to see a picture should one become available.

...and I will go check out your flick page too I love dioramas!

Shroom-
Only if I can take pictures of you with the toys...

Lee said...

I'm fairly certain that the Batman mug made it into storage too. I'll have to confirm that but I think it lived to see another day.

Lee said...

T-Rex vs Betty Page!?!?!

I have no idea who I'd want to win that! I'm thinking 2009's big blockbuster CGI film!!!

Ok! we soooo have to have a crossover event between our blogs.

Most out there movie idea!

We'll talk and set this up ja?

Joshua Perdue said...

DAMN, woman! Nice place!

I sleep easier knowing we live in a world with Drinky Crow action figures.

Becca said...

Lee-
Bettie would win for sure! It would be a kind of King Kong/ Mothra and The Peanut Twins relationship...her smile would win the beast over and he would become her eternal servant.

A crossover event sounds awesome! I'm totally up for this, I'll have to email you.

Joshua-
Your back!!! I've missed reading your blog.

thopper23 said...

Hey Becca...

I am touched and damn near honored that you have listed me on your blogroll...and considering that it had been 5 months since my last post, I scuttled over there and made sure that your readers saw that I was (kind of) paying attention.

I, of course, give you shining praise and link-y goodness...

Many thanks!