MAR
2009
21
MAR
2009
21

Watchmen

My girlfriend and I recently decided that the new Watchmen movie would be too dark and violent for her delicate sensibilities (she’s such a sweetie!), and since she’s out of town and my other plans for the evening fell through, I think tonight might be a good time to go and see it.  By myself.  Oh, the trouble we nerds get into when left unsupervised! Speaking of Watchmen, I just read a great article at Slate by Grady Hendrix entitled, “Watchmen Failed:  The revolution it was supposed to inspire—comics about ordinary people—never happened.”  It’s about the history of the Watchmen…

MAR
2009
02
MAR
2009
02

The Scratch Papers, Page 72: “The Good Doctor”

1998.  From a photo of Dr. Seuss reproduced in Life’s Legends:  The Century’s Most Unforgettable Faces.

MAR
2009
02

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

According to Clean Cartoonists’ Dirty Drawings by Craig Yoe, Dr. Suess, who was born Theodore Geisel, [. . . C]ut his cartooning teeth on the humor magazine at Dartmouth College, the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern. Geisel eventually became the editor-in-chief. A prohibition-era drinking party thrown by Ted got him thrown off the magazine, and banned from all extra-curricular activities. Ted started using the nom de plume of Seuss to circumvent the administration from prohibiting his cartooning. So if anyone starts using the good doctor’s name in vain, remind them that the Seuss got his start fighting for your right to party. And…

MAR
2009
01
MAR
2009
01

“I Am an Amanuensis” 58: Richard Wilbur

[…I]t strains belief How an instant can dilate Or long years be brief. Dreams, which interweave All our times and tenses, are What we can believe: Dark they are, yet plain, Coming to us now as if Through a cobwebbed pane Where, before our eyes, All the living and the dead Meet without surprise. Richard Wilbur, “Anterooms.”  The New Yorker, 5 January 2009. Amanuensis –noun.  A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.