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Old 01-29-2011, 08:08 AM
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I like urban decay because it's often far more interesting than the new, like a Mondrian painting stained with mildew and sprouting mushrooms.
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I just like 'urban decay' because it's fun to imagine a world after humanity.
Are you a fan of Ballard?
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I just like 'urban decay' because it's fun to imagine a world after humanity.
Are you a fan of Ballard?
I've only read The Atrocity Exhibition.
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Old 01-29-2011, 01:16 PM
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I like Urban Decay makeup....

Edit: I see Liv sorta beat me to it. Grr!
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I just like 'urban decay' because it's fun to imagine a world after humanity.
Are you a fan of Ballard?
I've only read The Atrocity Exhibition.
Notwithstanding the Joy Division connection, I think you might enjoy Ballard.

Many of his works are set among, if not actual urban decay, urban dysfunction and definitely social decay.

Concrete Island, High Rise, Crash, Super-Cannes among the novels; Disaster Area, Vermilion Sands and others among the shorts collections.
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:42 PM
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Notwithstanding the Joy Division connection, I think you might enjoy Ballard.
You guessed it. That's what led me to read the book.

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Many of his works are set among, if not actual urban decay, urban dysfunction and definitely social decay.

Concrete Island, High Rise, Crash, Super-Cannes among the novels; Disaster Area, Vermilion Sands and others among the shorts collections.
Atrocity Exhibition was a bit more experimental that I care for. It was interesting but hard to follow. I don't know if his other works are like that however. The other problem is that my own background makes it rather difficult to follow any of his sexual themes. The whole car crash=sex thing completely goes over my head.

I may revisit his works though. A lot of his themes are relevant to me, it just might take some mental work on my part.
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The Atrocity Exhibition (which I rate highly) is more experimental in structure than any of his other works. Some are distinctly experimental in themes, but still more accessible than AE. The Empire of the Sun is mainstream and well worth reading in its own right ... although not "real" Ballard, some of us would say.
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Old 02-01-2011, 02:17 PM
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"Change and decay in all around I see". There can be more beauty in decay than in the brashness of the new.
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Old 02-01-2011, 03:30 PM
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Fuck off.
Why? Is someone who wants the entire human race to be annihilated telling me to fuck off because I'm immoral?



Seriously, I realize you probably don't literally want that, but an alarming number of people do and the inconsistency I've mentioned does bother me. To me the Holocaust isn't wrong because of who did it (eeeevil skull and bones natzees) or who was victimized (god's chosen? i don't even believe in god) but rather because it was fucking genocide. Mass murder of human beings of certain ethnic groups. I don't see how mass murder of all human beings would be morally any better. Yet I've known (or know of) quite a few "goth" types with a serious fetish for the idea of a world in which every humanoid would be a rotting corpse, or long since a skeleton.

FWIW, this creepy misanthropist shit is mostly a white thang in my experience. I've never known any blacks or natives or non-white hispanics who talked this way. OK, a few gothy north asians. That's a credit, not a discredit, to people of those nonwhite groups. We can be way more environmentally responsible without having to become insanely misanthropic.
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Why? Is someone who wants the entire human race to be annihilated telling me to fuck off because I'm immoral?
No, because you're an annoying narcissist.
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It's not narcissism if the world really does revolve around you.
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:12 PM
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Lyric Theater in Birmingham, AL, is my favorite. It's one of the few on that list that looks appropriately theater-palacy both inside and out.
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Old 04-11-2011, 02:41 AM
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#13 and #57 are my favorite exteriors.

It's strange how looking at abandoned buildings has such a way of making me feel for the bygone eras of those places - much more so than looking at period photos of the places in their glory.
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Ooh, if I remember about it, next time I'm visiting my family in south Georgia I'll swing by that theater in Claxton.
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I've been to the restaurant (carneceria) next to the one in Woodburn Oregon.

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The Mayan Theater in Denver is pretty fabulous inside and out, but it's still operating.

Google images, because I couldn't find one site that shows the exterior and the interior to its full effect:

mayan theater denver - Google Search

There are only a couple or so of the older Denver theaters that are still movie theaters, but it looks like most of them are still functioning in some capacity or another.

They're cool when they're abandoned, but I miss going to see movies in them. Those stupid multiplexes just feel like the biggest ripoff in the world compared to that.
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Oooh! The Mayan is beautiful!

Here is a link to our local single screen theaters. Some are sadly abandoned, others converted to other uses- for good or ill.

The Rose Marine, prolly one of the best still in use. Dig those crazy Venus details.


This is the Ridglea, a beautiful theater that has been in use as a music venue, was threatened with demolition but is now saved. :cheer:



Despite the number of vacant theaters, there is a new double screen art house theater being built in our neighborhood. The Citizen Theater. It is a location thing. Our historic hood never had it's own theater and the local business owners want one. If only we could move one of the actual historic buildings, but that isn't feasible. The Berry St theater from the first link is the closest, but it is in a dangerous area so not the best option. Some day though that place will sing.

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This was creepy in it's heyday, but downright nightmarish when left to vandals and decay
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Aw, it's all gone now. I'm bummed. The graffitoed giant with his glazed, cracked, unseeing eyeball stepped on by vandals was just plain awesome.
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