Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity and the Women Who Made America Modern

Flapper cover

Occasionally a book comes along that is a must-have for the library of any dieselpunk. Joshua Zeitz’ Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern is one of those books.

Beginning with the court case of Eugenia Kelly in 1915, Zeitz takes the reader on a wild journey of personalities, history and socio-economic forces to show the amazing rise and fall of the flapper phenomenon of the 1920s. While this may sound dry, it’s anything but. Zeitz’ writing is enthralling and holds the reader from front to back. In Flapper, he paints a dynamic picture that’s captivating in its presentation.

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Adversity and the Human Spirit

Referred to as Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, or Veteran’s Day, November 11 has a special meaning for dieselpunks. The “diesel era” (1920s-40s) arose out a meaningless war (World War I), saw one of the epic wars of history (World War II) and died a slow death in another meaningless war (Korean War). One could say that dieselpunk is born in blood, lives in blood and dies in blood.

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Third Reich Victorious

Third Reich Victorious

While we don’t often think about it, every moment we make decisions that might have serious consequences.

For example, if I had not taken a specific college course in a specific semester, I would have never met the woman of my dreams whom I would someday marry.

Taking this further, if I had never met the jewel of my eye, our daughter would have never been born. Not only was our meeting necessary for her existence but how many lives has she also touched?

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The Philosophy of Dieselpunk

Often when one reads of the Jazz Age, the term is limited to the 1920s. But there’s a relatively young philosophy known as dieselpunk that is trying to keep the glory of the Jazz Age alive.

The term “dieselpunk” was first used by Lewis Pollak in 2001 to describe his role-playing game Children of the Sun. Dieselpunk has since grown far beyond his initial usage to describe a philosophy that forms the basis of a subculture and art movement with distinctive music, art, fiction and cinema.

Dieselpunk philosophy is a postmodern phenomenon that comprises three aspects: decodence, contemporary and punk. To understand this young philosophy one must understand each of these aspects.

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