Word Wednesday.



1: contrary to or different from an acknowledged standard, a traditional form, or an established religion: Unorthodox, Unconventional <heterodox ideas>

2: holding unorthodox opinions or doctrines.

[Origin: Late Latin heterodoxus, from Greek heterodoxos, from heter– + doxa opinion.]


“A verifiable fallen academic (from the American University and Tufts, among others), Marston had a gift for dressing sensationally vulgar ideas in pseudo-intellectual jargon, and he exploited it for a few years in Hollywood, advising the studios on how to maneuver around the Hays Office censors and sneak sex in films through symbolism and coded language. Relocated to New York and the publishing industry, he hustled pseudoscience and heterodox titillation through comics and popular magazines (in bylined articles, interviews, and the advertisements for Gillette Razor Blades). – The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America, David Hadju.


  1. says

    I thought The Ten-Cent Plague was really interesting. It’s a great case-study in how a single ideologue who decides something is bad can energetically lie up a storm about it and have very real impact.

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    Yes, all that, and it really does highlight the single note of christianity. In this case, it was the catholic church taking up against comic books, but the quotes from various catholic personnel are striking, because it’s same damn song they are all singing today: _______ will destroy morals and religion! It will be the downfall of society!

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