MinXus Mail Bag: A salute to pulp fiction and a mystery

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This great piece of mail-art we received recently is a bit of a pulp fiction mystery in and of itself.

We believe it was inspired by our blog about pulp fiction, film noir and the MinXus-Lynxus aesthetic. Our blog, in turn, was inspired by a segment poet and biographer Tom Clark had done on his well-known “Beyond the Pale” blog about James M. Cain. All in all, it was an opportunity to dig into a fascinating subject and attracted not a few viewers. We wish we knew who sent it.

Here is a link to the posting we are sure inspired this piece:


This is a folded, postcard-size work, and there is no letter on the inside. Who is the man by the book rack?

Maybe our Tenderfoot sleuths can be off assistance.


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. minxuslynxus
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 03:41:35

    Who’s the man by the book rack? Well, it’s all written there on the T-shirt πŸ˜‰
    but whoever it is, he doesn’t seem to follow the Mail-Art Psychic’s fashion advice…


  2. Minkoo
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 03:43:11

    Way too many emoticons. Watch your comments, Empress.


  3. minkrancher
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 08:13:43

    Note the revision: Theresa Williams says she can’t take responsibility for this great piece. So who dunnit?

    Empress, that’s more the James Dean look.


  4. tom clark
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 14:59:19

    Identity: unknown

    Establishment of territorial position: A

    Preparation for flood: A +

    Event status: artistic project in process

    Modus operandi: covert book-touching (?? well, somebody’s been doing it!)


  5. minkrancher
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 19:14:40

    Thanks Tom & Kerri (for the favourite), We receive plenty of mail. This is probably the first that qualifies as fan mail – and to a genre.

    Maybe our artist meant to be anonymous in homage to those piles and piles of “penny dreadfuls,” and “dime novels” evolving in an inflationary spiral toward the present & oblivion.

    But that James Dean look-a-like. Who is that guy? (Couldn’t get the two scans together & therein, indeed, resides the art of “chance operations” or dare I say “pants operations”?)

    Carry on Tenderfoots.


  6. Dark wall
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 20:05:25

    Rancher, he got those jeans from the GAP.


  7. lisai
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 19:25:17

    It’s been too long since I’ve been by the ranch!

    Here’s a big ole hint to help Hammer it down: You’ve got some Spillane’n to do.


  8. minkrancher
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 20:04:39

    Miss Lisa, you sure did slip us a Mickey!

    Tenderfoots, Miss Lisa sent us the mystery mail.


  9. lisai
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 21:04:32

    A real 38-cent special~!


  10. Dark wall
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 21:45:38

    Miss Lisa is a jeans-ius.

    Calclater says this done almost as good as the piturs of the Empress feet.


  11. minkrancher
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 21:49:29

    Hammer time!
    You can’t touch this!


  12. Dark wall
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 21:53:29

    I can’t find my knees


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