Message from Sponsor: McAlvany ICA

Visit this blog’s sponsor:


Support JHK on Patreon


If you’re interested in supporting this blog, check out the Patreon page.

Now Live on Amazon

“Simply the best novel of the 1960s”

Now in Paperback !
Only Seven Bucks!
JHK’s Three-Act Play
A log mansion in the Adirondack Mountains…
A big family on the run…
A nation in peril…

Long Emergency Cafe Press ad 2

Get your Official JHK swag on Cafe Press

The fourth and final book of the World Made By Hand series.


Battenkill Books (autographed by the Author) |  Northshire Books Amazon


emb of Riches Thumbnail

JHK’s lost classic now reprinted as an e-book
Kindle edition only


Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page

Behold, Appleton Wisconsin’s new “Big Head” public sculpture by local artist Paul Bobrowitz, constructed of welded empty propane tanks.  It occupies a site in one of Appleton’s historic districts. Contemporary art generally includes a manual of metaphysical theory to explain itself, but apparently this one was loosed upon the world without supporting documentation. The purpose, according to the Appleton Post Crescent newspaper is to “spark conversation.”  The conversation sparked by it is largely on the order of how to get rid of the darn thing. It was initially slated to be there for two years. The city’s Municipal Services Committee is reconsidering the city’s approval.  The Post Crescent observed:  [Uber and Lyft driver]  Debra Slagle said she takes a lot of out-of-towners past the sculpture en route to hotels. “I’ve never had a positive comment about that sculpture,” Slagle said. “I had one person who said, ‘Oh my God, is that up just for Halloween? That’s the most frightening thing I’ve ever seen.'”

Thanks to Bruce Mickelson for the nomination.

Available for Pre-order 
Global Crisis, the Failure of the Futurists,
and the Early Adapters
Who Are Showing Us the Way Forward

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page



About James Howard Kunstler

View all posts by James Howard Kunstler
James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

4 Responses to “January 2020” Subscribe

  1. davidreese2 January 3, 2020 at 10:47 am #

    Can’t believe anyone would put something like this up!

  2. tucsonspur January 4, 2020 at 1:48 am #

    Don’t be fooled. This is not a Mayan head. No thick lips or broad nose. No, a large new herd of buffalo was not slaughtered, so these are not buffalo skulls piled high, which one can determine soon enough. Have these objects taken flight from the Paris catacombs? No, they are too large.

    In short order, we find that we are beset by a pile of profane propane tanks given a pair of pernicious, penetrating eyes, staring menacingly at anyone who can muster the courage to gaze into them.

    Maybe depletion is the theme with energy sources declining. And this head is angry. Or is it simply intended to spellbind the locals, making them see ugly as beautiful? I hope and pray that none of the unsuspecting elderly have been frightened to death.

    Of course the fumes and vapors in these tanks are long gone, perhaps sucked up by the artist’s nostrils. Oh, if only they remained.
    I could jauntily walk by, stare into those evil eyes and flick a burning Marlboro smack into the face of this foreboding figure.

  3. mow January 4, 2020 at 1:17 pm #

    Looks like a Ferengi gave birth to a Karl Malden clone . 🙂

  4. Ishabaka January 10, 2020 at 9:30 am #

    There is only one hard and fast rule in modern art:

    – any allusion to beauty in any way, shape, or form is verboten.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.