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From sex-crazed gods to starving monsters, Ben Thompson brings mythical titans to existence in stories of experience, bloodlust, and unrelenting badassitude.
because the starting of human historical past humans have created myths, tall stories, superheroes, and arch-villains—men and ladies who launched into insane adventures, played outstanding feats of unprecedented awesomeness, and overcame all odds to violently smite their foes into bloody pulp. In Badass: The beginning of a Legend, Ben Thompson compiles those fantastical stories from the start of time to at the present time and tells them within the thoroughly over-the-top demeanour within which they have been meant, together with:
The Indian god-king who led a military of monkeys opposed to the King of All Demons
The Viking god of thunder and striking hair, who beaten the skulls of giants with a ridiculously large hammer
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In his first booklet, Badass, Thompson, writer of the website badassoftheweek. com, involved in warlords, samurai, pirates, and gunfighters who truly existed; during this follow-up, he turns to mythological badasses all through heritage. From Anubis and Zeus to Capt. James T. Kirk and Godzilla, Thompson gives you distinct and adrenaline-fueled screeds on forty characters "whose tales of ball-crushing conquest are nonetheless amazing adequate to make even the tamest readers are looking to grab up a sword and cross looking for dragon meat. " topics comprise El Chupacabra ("this freakadelic ass-reaming spawn of Satan"); Diomedes ("the wanton slaughter of faceless jobbers is simply the start of awesomeness"); and, in a long-overdue tribute, the Daleks from surgeon Who ("these murderous, automatic salt-shakers are vile constructs of natural evil"). thankfully, the booklet contains badass girls in addition to males, and Thompson's overheated prose rises even additional whilst describing the Indian goddess Kali: "When she's now not eating the entrails of the gods, getting inebriated on human blood, acting her Dance of Annihilation. .. she shoots blood out of her mouth like a hearth hose. .. she's pretty well the main completely steel being ever. " (Mar. )
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Ben Thompson has run the warhammer of an internet site badassoftheweek. com seeing that 2004, and has written funny history-related columns for retailers similar to Cracked, Fangoria, Penthouse, and the yankee Mustache Institute. even if he's by no means flown a jetpack over the Atlantic Ocean or punched anyone so difficult that his head exploded, he's thought of by way of many to be the world's greatest specialist on badassitude. His first booklet, Badass, was once published in 2009.
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Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein: the trendy Prometheus sparked into existence a fascination with science-gone-awry that refuses to die. From 1818 to present-day Hollywood, the tale of Victor Frankenstein and his reanimated, stitched-together corpse has encouraged (some may say) the very thought of contemporary technological know-how fiction and numerous essays, videos, novels, songs, comic-books, and television indicates aiming to seize what used to be correct, incorrect, abominable, inevitable, frightening, or humorous during this vintage story.
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Joel says he was on a “well-documented bender” for three months before checking himself into Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut in mid-June. This would date the bender’s origin to right around the time of his March 15 concert with Elton John at Madison Square Garden, an evening in which Joel was widely described as disoriented, exhausted, and erratic. ” “I was amazed by the way all of that played out in the media,” he says now. “To me, a musician going to rehab is like a normal person going to get his teeth cleaned.
I think the fact that Joel divorced the woman he wrote this song about makes it his single greatest achievement. When I hear “Just the Way You Are,” it never makes me think about Joel’s broken marriage. It makes me think about all the perfectly scribed love letters and drunken e-mails I have written over the past twelve years, and about all the various women who received them. I think about how I told them they changed the way I thought about the universe, and that they made every other woman on earth unattractive, and that I would love them unconditionally even if we were never together.
You don’t catch Celine Dion complaining about a lack of critical respect, and she’s a lot worse than Billy Joel. But she doesn’t care. ” Perhaps as a response to three decades of slights, Joel made a classical album in 2001 called Fantasies and Delusions: Music for Solo Piano. Influenced by Chopin and credited as the work of “William Joel,” Fantasies and Delusions sold remarkably well, topping the classical charts for months—though arguably, Joel could smash a piano with a ball-peen hammer for seventy-five minutes and release it as a live album, and it would still sell remarkably well.