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The New Pulp

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One of the nice things about the rise of highbrow comics is the how many genuinely lurid entertainments a gentleman can get away with adding to his library.

For starters, we’d suggest Tim Lane’s Abandoned Cars. It’s the modern equivalent of the Raymond Chandler yarns that fill up the more exciting portion of your bookshelf—a string of police chases and back-alley fist fights with a surprisingly introspective thread running in the background. (Spoiler alert: it’s about America.) It might be a bit heavy for beach reading, but we’re always happy to spend a Sunday afternoon walking the line between art and pulp.

And as of next week, it won't be that hard to find. After a hardcover run in ’08 that sold out almost immediately, the paperback version should be hitting shelves any day now.

Grainy Days

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Thanks to a certain sharp-chinned film director, the pulp look has had quite a comeback in past decade or so. And while the trend may be getting a bit long in the tooth, we’d say it’s still got a few good photosets in it.

For instance, this one’s not too bad (via NotCot). A collaboration between lensman Neil Krug and supermodel Joni Harbeck, it’s enough to make us wonder why there aren’t more editorial spreads that use lomography…and why we haven’t seen more from Ms. Harbeck.

Take a look at Pulp’s video trailer»

Miller Time

Harland Miller

With someone like Harland Miller who's equally talented as an author and painter, it's only fitting that his best work should be inspired by books. The Brit wunderkind, whose atmospheric homages to iconic Penguin paperback covers are also instant classics, presents a visual (and visually appealing) narrative of a man's life through the books he's read. Small wonder that one of his biggest fans is Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, one of the smartest, coolest and most stylish cats on the planet.

More on Miller and his takes on Ernest Hemingway…