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I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts – Table of Contents

Part I: American Magic, American Dread

“Dead Man Walking: What Do Zombies Mean?”

“Gun Play: An American Tragedy, in Three Acts”

“Mysterious Stranger: Grandpa Twain’s Dark Side”

“Aladdin Sane Called. He Wants His Lightning Bolt Back: On Lady Gaga”

“Jocko Homo: How Gay is the Super Bowl?”

“Wimps, Wussies, and W.: Masculinity, American Style”

“Stardust Memories: How David Bowie Killed the ‘60s and Ushered in the ‘70s, and, for One Brief, Shining Moment, Made the Mullet Hip”

“When Animals Attack!: An Aesop’s Fable About Anthropomorphism”

“Toe Fou: How I Was Subliminally Seduced by Madonna’s Big Toe”

“Shoah Business”

“The Triumph of the Shill: Fascist Branding”

“Endtime for Hitler: On the Downfall Parodies and the Inglourious Return of Der Fuhrer”

Part II: Myths of the Near Future: Making Sense of the Digital Age

World Wide Wonder Closet: On Blogging”

“(Face)Book of the Dead”

“Straight, Gay, or Binary?: HAL Comes Out of the Cybernetic Closet”

“Word Salad Surgery: Spam, Deconstructed”

“Slashing the Borg: Resistance is Fertile”

“Things to Come: Xtreme Kink and the Future of Porn”

Part III: Tripe Soup for the Soul: Religion, and All Its Works and Ways

“Tripe Soup for the Soul: The Daily Affirmation”

“Pontification: On the Death of the Pope”

“The Prophet Margin: Jack Chick’s Comic-Book Apocalypse”

“2012: Carnival of Bunkum”

“The Vast Santanic Conspiracy”

Part IV:Anatomy Lesson: The Grotesque, the Gothic, and Other Dark Matters

“Open Wide: Dental Horror”

“Gray Matter: The Obscure Pleasures of Medical Libraries”

“Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Severed Head”

“Been There, Pierced That: Apocalypse Culture and the Escalation of Subcultural Hostilities”

“Death To All Humans! The Church of Euthanasia’s Modest Proposal”

“Great Caesar’s Ghost: On the Crypt of the Capuchins”

“Aphrodites of the Operating Theater: On La Specola’s Anatomical Venuses”

“Goodbye, Cruel Words: On the Suicide Note as a Literary Genre”

“Cortex Envy: Bringing Up Baby Einstein”