"'Night of the Living Dead' was also proof for a generation of directors that you didn't need the support of a studio, big or small, to make an effective horror film that would attract large audiences. You didn't need money, much experience, or stars. You didn't even have to leave Pittsburgh... [Night of the Living Dead] did for horror what the Sex Pistols did for punk." -- Jason Zinoman

“‘Night of the Living Dead’ was proof for a generation of directors that you didn’t need the support of a studio, big or small, to make an effective horror film that would attract large audiences.  You didn’t need money, much experience, or stars.  You didn’t even have to leave Pittsburg… [‘Night of the Living Dead’] did for horror what the Sex Pistols did for punk. — Jason Zinoman


The first monster that an audience has to be scared of is the filmmaker. They have to feel in the presence of someone not confined by the normal rules of propriety and decency. — Wes Craven (found in the introduction to Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror)



Dear Unthinkable Mind Class,

Your brain is going to give you two fortune cookies with these two fortunes inside. Which one is from the right hemisphere? Which fortune is from the left?


The Makerbot explained in under two minutes!


A short motion short created by the owners of Type, a book store in Toronto.


Initiatives for Spurring Creativity & Reflection

We’re three days in to the new year.  Most folks have probably made some resolutions or at least thought about things they’d like to do or do differently this year.  I’ve got a few “resolutions” up my sleeve.  Things like:

1.  enjoy the small, quiet moments in the day

2.  eat consciously. 

3.  be more creative/do more projects.

Here are a few web-based/community initiatives that I’ve stumbled across that could help with these endeavors:

Art Clash Collective

Cow Bird

Fun-a-day Baltimore 



A skull is created with the Thing-O-Matic


Zombie Lit

You might say that the whole zombie trend has run its course. That it’s time for something new. Chupacabras, maybe. I say you’re wrong. There are lots of zombie books out there layered with social commentary and full of gore and frights. You can find the following books in the Reed-Gumenick Library. Top-notch titles (according to me, Melanie Barker) are marked with a *.

* Bell, Alden. The Reapers Are the Angels (F B433)

Bick, Ilsa J. Ashes (F B583)

Borchert, Don. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Undead (F T969)

* Brooks, Max. World War Z: an Oral History Of the Zombie War (F B873)

Drago, Ty. The Undertakers: Rise Of the Corpses (F D759)

Grahame-Smith, Seth. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (F A933)

* Priest, Cherie. Boneshaker (F P949)

* Roberson, Chris. iZombie: Dead To the World (vol. 1) (F R638)

* Tsang, Evonne. My boyfriend is a monster: I love him to pieces, or, My date is dead weight, or, He only loves me for my brains (vol. 1) (F T877)

Valentino, Serena. How to Be a Zombie: the Essential Guide For Anyone Who Craves Brains (398.2 V161)

Van Lowe, Ehrich. Never Slow Dance With a Zombie (F V261)

Waters, Dan. Generation Dead (F W329)

** Whitehead, Colson. Zone One (F W592)

(photo by Lindsey Turner)