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How to be a pulp hero on the cheap

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Back in the old days, when heroes were an everyday occurrence on the pulps, Doc Savage Magazine published a series of articles on the minimal physical exercise you needed to become like Doc  himself.


In 23 installments, between 1935 and 1937, the Doc Savage Method of Self Development offered readers young and old a variety of physical exercises, but also an introduction to speed reading, to practices akin to what we’d refer today to as “mindfulness” and “cold reading”, plus other techniques of mental discipline and observation, the lot together with a moral and ethical set of guidelines.
Later, in 1938, came the Doc Savage self-defence course.

Times have changed, but the question is intriguing: can we define a curriculum, a training path, that anyone of us could follow to become a pulp hero?


After all, this is the Twenty-first century, the age of information!
Can we become pulp heroes in one year spending less than one hundred bucks?
Well, that’s exactly what we will be doing in a new section of Karavansara, aptly named *How to be a pulp hero for less than 100 buscks**: we’ll list books, online courses and resources and what not to become a pulp hero, in one year (or if you’re really set on the idea, in a single summer) and spending less than one hundred bucks.
Always remembering that

“Heroing is one of the shortest-lived professions there is.” – Will Rogers


If you are interested, please follow this link or check out the link at the right top of the page, under the Features item1.

And if you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments – books, courses, websites… I’ll update the page accordingly.
Thank you!

  1. the Features group will collect longer pieces that would be complicated to publish as regular posts, such as extensive articles, reading lists etc. 

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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