Yup a PULP Experience
Through the years I never was aware I was formally introduced to the word PULP or Pulp Culture.
Way back in the sixties I vaguely recalled spending my younger years at an old storage room of my grandparent’s at R.O. Santos in Mandaluyong.
There before me were old stack up dusty but priceless ancient newspapers and magazines. Some seemed to me looked like turn of the the century news papers , others were pre-war comic books and a few liberation documents from 1945. Only to be used as “kahoy pang-gatong” or fuel to cook rice and food for the family.
Let’s now go fast forward to the present year , swooosh…. 2017. A week ago, my daughter asked me to pick some tickets in a placed called Pulp Headquarters. While waiting , I chanced and saw an old familiar movie which caught my eye and made me grin and smile. I have not seen this flick for almost a decade. It was a poster of the movie “Pulp Fiction”
Pulp Fiction (not a review)
The last time I saw Pulp Fiction was ages ago which centers on Loyalty, Betrayal, and Crime. Directed and written by Quintin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction(1994) stars John Travolta, Amanda Plummer, Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken, Harvey Keitel and Quintin Tarantino. I watched the trailer and the credits state that back in 1994. Pulp Fiction is one of the most celebrated movies of the year. Winner of the 1994 Palme d’OR, and the Best Picture of the Cannes Film Festival.
Funny, I remember the beginning of the movie. The word “Pulp” was defined.
Pulp (pəlp)-noun 1.a soft, wet, shapeless mass of material
In a typical Director Quentin Tarantino style and fashion. The director starts out with sub-titles in each plot. Progressing from trivial conversation and slowly building up from one character to another. Little by little linking each character to one another.
How the movie starts out
After defining the word “Pulp Fiction” The scene drifts and centers slowly to a simple ordinary Caucasian couple, perhaps with a slight Brooklyn accent?, having an early morning breakfast. At a typical suburban American diner. Discussing about life, what to do with the rest of the day ,what they have been doing. Slowly smooches and later shouts bouncing from where he is sited at and announces a hold-up.
Somehow the movie seems to have popped out from reel(1994) to real(2017) Where people are killed like flies because of Loyalty, Betrayal and Crime. As usual the underlying reason is drugs. Followed by the opening Theme (Dick Dale and His Del Tones )
Here I lined up for three and half hours. What a parent does for the sake of their child’s smile and happiness.After dropping at St. Luke’s General Hospital I walked along E. Rodriguez Jr just to locate the tiny office.
Never did I realize that the small office and narrow corridors of Pulp Live Head Quarters , the marketing arm in promoting concerts of Local and International Music artists such as Bazooka Rocks II Festival, Aero-Smith Live in Manila (2013), One Ok Rock Meet and Greet Live in Manila (2016) just to name a few.
Nice to know Thanks to Wikipedia
Pulp magazines (often referred to as “the pulps“) were inexpensive fiction magazines that were published from 1896 to the 1950s. The term pulp derives from the cheap wood pulp paper on which the magazines were printed; in contrast, magazines printed on higher quality paper were called “glossies” or “slicks”. The typical pulp magazine had 128 pages; it was 7 inches (18 cm) wide by 10 inches (25 cm) high, and 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) thick, with ragged, untrimmed edges.
The pulps gave rise to the term pulp fiction in reference to run-of-the-mill, low-quality literature.
Pulps were the successors to the penny dreadfuls, dime novels, and short-fiction magazines of the 19th century. Although many respected writers wrote for pulps, the magazines were best known for their lurid, exploitative, and sensational subject matter. Modern superhero comic books are sometimes considered descendants of “hero pulps”; pulp magazines often featured illustrated novel-length stories of heroic characters, such as The Shadow, Doc Savage, and The Phantom Detective.-Wikipedia