Friday, 24 October 2008

Apocalyptic visions in a 1950s style

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One of our readers was good enough to send this to me, so I thought I'd quickly share it. A Kansas City website, The Pitch, has a fantastic weekly section called "Studies in Crap" where their "Crap Archivist" digs up some old, crazy book from a second hand shop and offers up a rundown of what's in there.

I'd never come across this before, but what a great idea (it's not dissimilar to Robin Ince's The Book Club comedy night). And this particular entry is great, as it's a summary of a 1954 book entitled My Vision of the Destruction of America Atop Empire State Building by A.A Allen (self-published, funnily enough).

For the full synopsis, read the page from The Pitch, but the basic story is that Allen was an End Times evangelist, and one day he went to the top of the Empire State Building, where God revealed to him exactly how the destruction of the United States would come about. Then he wrote a book about it. And self-published it (it's unknown whether Random House were interested).

As I say – follow the link and read the piece, but in short the destruction of America involves the Statue of Liberty standing in the Gulf of Mexico and being given a cup by God with a sword in it. Then she drinks from the cup, which is apparently not a good sign, and then the sword has disappeared, which is definitely bad as Allen knows that the "sword merely typified war, death, and destruction". Then there is a black cloud and white vapour and America is done for. And some of the people to blame include homosexuals, atheists and intellectuals, so it's good to know some things never change.

Brilliant. I think I'll be checking in on "Studies in Crap" in future – thanks to Gus for sending it in.


1minionsopinion said...

Have you ever looked at the Institute of Official Cheer? James Lileks wrote a few books mocking old recipe book photos and decorating magazines but he's got other stuff on the site, too. The Dorcus Collection is amusing as is the art of Art Frahm. if you want it

Light Fight said...

That is 18 times of crazy . . . and funny as hell. Thanks for the tip!