The illustrators who designed the covers of pulp fiction have been under- recognised for their inventiveness. This one is by Paul Radar. Classic
Robert McGuiness is probably most famous illustrator from that period, and his illustrations were repurposed across a lot of different titles. I love the technique of a block background colour creating form in the subject
This one is from Roy Price (1953)
This is high art as far as I’m concerned
If you're a lover of pulp art & mid 20th century poster art, one of the best books you can buy is The Art of Robert E. McGinnis
In it you'll find the artworks for books such as this one. But he was so prolific, there are hundreds of 🔥 images

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30 Apr
“Do you or don’t you support lockdowns” is a dumb question to ask given what we know about lockdowns—which is that they work very well in some contexts—& not very well in others.
I think the 2 articles I’ve written on COVID have held up well, and regret nothing that is printed within them. This one was from March 3 2020…
This one from May last year…
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29 Apr
In Australia we have something called “family day care” subsidised by our government & organised by local councils. A mum at home can take 1 or 2 extra children in a couple of days a week, if her kids have grown up, she can take in 4 kids
I highly recommend it. I hate day care centres too and suspect they’re actually harmful for very young children (babies). But family day care was wonderful for me & my kids. My kids still have relationships with their careers.
Daycare is not all-or-nothing either. I do believe that full-time work is incompatible with very young children, but part-time work isn’t. And having care a couple of days a week is a huge help for a young mum.
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22 Mar
A lot of people are asking what my 'beef' is with @ConceptualJames. I don't actually have a beef. I think it's great that he is "effective" in the US political sphere (in ways I don't fully understand--because I am Australian, I focus on Australian political issues).
But just because I don't have a beef, that does not mean I like or admire the way he behaves on social media. I don't trust his output to be unbiased, I don't find his writing clear or persuasive. I don't like the way he treats people & promotes pile-ons against his enemies.
This will be seen by some as "respectability politics". But it's not just aesthetics. I'll never devalue such things as fair-mindedness, civility, & being genuinely charitable. I'd rather break bread with an ideological "enemy" who is charitable & fair, than an "ally" who isn't.
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21 Mar
The fighting over Substack right now—who it pays & who it doesn’t pay—reminds me of the battles over who was entitled to Patreon earnings back in 2018. Just a word of caution to small independent writers...
When Patreon booted Sargon of Akkad in 2018, it was because he said something in a podcast that was taken out of context by his enemies. Patreon either felt under pressure to cancel him, or just wanted to anyway, (who knows...)
What happened was that the decision to kick him off immediately politicised the platform which was previously seen as neutral. Then Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson quit the platform soon after...(leaving millions of dollars of income behind...)
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6 Mar
There's been lots of commentary recently about why so few convictions arise from sexual assault cases w/ the implication "rule of law is broken". But the biggest predictor of case attrition, both in Australia & abroad, is lack of cooperative victim…
"Lack of cooperative victim" = victim decides not to proceed with process for personal or health reasons, withdraws statement, refuses to give witness testimony, asks police to drop charges, etc.
If society would like to see more convictions for sexual assault, the easiest policy proposal would simply be to provide more funding to public prosecutors, helping them clear out backlogs of cases, speeding up trial processes.
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5 Mar
When people say 'the rule of law is broken,' what other system of rule are they suggesting take its place? Genuinely curious about what the alternatives are
Over the last few days I've seen many people in the media argue that it is reasonable for women not to come forward & report crimes, but also that the low conviction rates for offending means the "rule of law is broken."
If I were in a position to advise young women I would tell them:
- If a crime is ever committed against you, report it immediately;
- If you are raped, go straight to hospital;
- Even if you decide not to press charges, having contemporaneous evidence will make all the difference
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