I know that not everyone digs Kate Beaton (DANIELLE), but I am not one of them who doesn’t.
I’ve been reading a book about comedy writing that Alice recommended, so I thought I’d take a minute to try to figure out what makes Beaton’s cartoons so funny to me. In this one, it’s when she lets the king get over-serious about total nonsense, in the exact same way that I am tempted to get over-serious about these cartoons. Irony!
She’s also really good at undermining great authors that we’ve been taught to respect so much that we’re afraid to breathe when we’re around them.
That appeals to me, as someone who’s been somewhat oppressed by higher education, and who read just enough Kierkegaard to make me dangerous at cocktail parties, but not enough to earn more than a C on the final.
The rest of the time, it’s the way she has old-timey people speak in the current vernacular.
So, hey! That was uneducational, wasn’t it. Sorry, I’m still getting used to this blogging thing again. I’ll get it worked out. Don’t you worry.
I am giving away a Flip SlideHD video camera for Mother’s Day, come over here and I’ll tell you what you can to do maybe win it.
Oh, I wanted to keep this one all for myself, but then I remembered, to blog is to share. A happy new link for Monday: Town Without Pity.
Are you even half the man that Laughing Boy is?
“As Carmichael pointed out to me, Armstrong has always been gifted, but ‘genetically he is not alone. He is near the top but not at the top. I have seen people better than Lance that never go anywhere. Before Lance had cancer, we argued all the time. He never trained right. He just relied on his gift. He would do what you asked for two weeks, then flake off and do his own thing for a month or two.’ ” . . . Carmichael believes that rigorous training is what ultimately turns a talented athlete into a star. ‘Who hits more practice balls every day than any other golfer?’ Carmichael asked. ‘Guess what? It’s Tiger Woods.’ “
–Michael Specter in the July 15 New Yorker.
Robin Williams now seems like a second-rate Eddie Izzard.
One of the things I used to love about reading Salon was that every other Friday there’d be a new story by Mary Roach. I don’t know why that stopped, was it last year? Salon is having budget problems, I know, or maybe it was time for her to move on, but if you want to read a really great story about freezing your brain for science experiments, go here right now.
Bitchypoo (aka Robyn) is giving stuff away! It’s barely used stuff, really, and if you’re lucky enough to win the drawing she even pays for postage. This week: Barely used perfume! How can that be beaten, I ask you. Not with the biggest of sticks.
“For centuries man has been reviewing films — some use words, some use thumbs . . . others simply slash the seats and torch the cinema. Here at the four word film review we choose a slightly less aggressive or wordy approach. We believe that since most films start off as a short sales pitch, it makes perfect sense to return a film to it’s humble beginnings and sum it up in four well-chosen words.” My new favorite film review site.
Mac Prose is a great little program that lets your computer generate sentences/poetry. Some recent wisdom from mine:
“The sky suitcase (the evening) has stumbled.”
“While we were the circumstances, what had the aspects of hell improved?”
I found it on the Connecticut College Web page for my old poetry professor, Charles O. Hartman. You can download it here.