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Back Pack Essentials

I’ve always liked those travel essential pix floating around the Web so here’s my own:

Essential backpack gear

The Book of Skulls

The Book Of Skulls

Interested in a sci-fi pulp adventure dealing with travel, immortality, and woven with a strong gay theme? Yes? Then Robert Silverberg’s “The Book of Skulls” is for you.

Seeking the immortality promised in an ancient manuscript, The Book of Skulls, four friends, college roommates, go on a spring break trip to Arizona: Eli, the scholar, who found and translated the book; Timothy, scion of an American dynasty, born and bred to lead; Ned, poet and cynic; and Oliver, the brilliant farm boy obsessed with death.

Great stuff.

Tiki Pop

Tiki Pop

Tiki is fantastic. It’s a great encapsulation of America’s penchant for re-synthesizing other cultures. Yes, it’s laughably inauthentic but that’s rather the point. Much like Hollywood it’s a fantasy – just one that’s best enjoyed with a strong drink served in a moai head glass.

And for an in-depth exploration of the phenomena the new book Tiki Pop: America imagines its own Polynesian Paradise looks to be just about perfect. There’s a really great article “SUN, SEA AND SEX Why mid-century America couldn’t get enough of Polynesia’s exotic Tiki culture…” on over here at We Heart that’s got me itching to buy a copy. I love the article’s pull quotation:

“It’s not hard to see why Tiki Culture took off in America. The perfect antidote to the repressed society of the time, Tiki’s strongly sexual overtones – hip-swaying, bare-breasted hula maidens and the dangerous appeal of savage masculinity – were just what the doctor ordered.”

Now that’s some tiki. ;)

The Mummy Case – Elizabeth Peters

The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters. Her best work in my opinion.

The Mummy Case Elizabeth Peters

Mel and Patricia Ziegler

Love this picture of Mel and Patricia Ziegler (creators of the Banana Republic) from the 80s.

Mel and Patricia Ziegler