The Ambassador Hotel in the Catskills. Built in 1910, it was first called The Gamble Farm, then Cedar Inn and in 2921, renamed the Ambassador. It’s final incarnation before abandonment was Catskill Funland. The only thing I could find on Funland (besides a few forums that referenced it out of nostalgia) was a lawsuit involving a grown ass man who hurt himself on the kiddie bumper cars after his daughter took a sharp turn and he bumped his elbow real hard. He sued Funland, but the case was dismissed because c’mon dude, nut up.
For some reason, people love sending me photos of their cats with my books, and they’re always amusing, but this one is the clear winner for forever and always. c/o the Cat Overlord Book Club
New Found Things post at Adventure Bible School. Panties and gremlins and body parts and animals in jars n’ stuff.
Julia Wertz on Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? and Spent | The Comics Journal -
A conversation with the Infinite Wait creator about autobiographical graphic novels by Roz Chast and Joe Matt.
A NNNEEEWWWWWW episode of TCJ Talkies is up at The Comics Journal. Julia Wertz came on the show to talk about Roz Chast’s “Can’t we talk about something more pleasant?” and Joe Matt’s SPENT. I’ve been wanting to discuss SPENT with someone for a long time. It’s a book I think about a lot, and probably could have devoted even more time to it than we did.
Mike Dawson and I talked about Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? and Joe Matt’s Spent on the latest TCJ Talkies podcast. I’m a fan of both those books, but I really can’t recommend Roz Chast’s new book enough, it’s poignantly depressing, which is the highest compliment I can give. I think the best books aren’t ones that are pleasant and uplifting, but rather the ones that get in your head and just ruin you for days. But are also funny.
Brb, gotta explore this mansion
Abandoned cemetery in Beacon with Rob Yasinsac
Abandoned skating rink at a Catskills resort
I just spent three hours hanging out with these adorable old hippie lesbians (both named Cindy) who I met at a garage sale in the Catskills. We did some craft stuff and then they gave me all these McGovern campaign buttons since he’s my great uncle and they both were huge supporters of his. It was pretty delightful.
I wonder how many UE kids lost their virginity here and then came back 15 years later and just couldn’t believe it.