A man who in 36 years accomplished more or less nothing, and was rewarded for seeming to be something, farewell!
Archive for May 8th, 2012
The magnum opus was published in 1963, when Gorilla was 7, but it never saw the light of day in Gorilla’s world until the mid-70s, when it seemed to be yet another forgotten illustration of forward progress, which you recognized and subjected to critical thinking once you had experience, like Aubrey Beardsley…
Then and later on, of course, the upper middle class embraced Maurice Sendak, and it’s that fervor that kept his flame alive.
Reading the book now, it doesn’t do much for Gorilla, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the death of Kennedy seemed far more frightening to a child of the time than the imaginings of the self-styled Hans Jewish Anderson.
On the other hand, his anger down the years was something very worthy of notice, but likely to be forgotten.
Gorilla says: “Goober was what we knew, when we were allowed to!”
Another underwear bomber: another ridiculous story of a plot that went nowhere, apparently designed to make DOD/CIA/TSA budget requests foolproof.
Hillary hits a snag in India: no, the Indians will not be supporting the US boycott of Iranian oil, and no, the Chinese won’t either.
Gay marriage: what’s worse, not stating what you believe or pretending that your cowardice will change once Arne Duncan weighs in?
Greece and France: Contagion will continue, as will pointless austerity. Elections no longer seem to matter in Euroland, unless they’re approved by the Bundesbank.
Gorilla says: “So far, a weak of very minor irritations and politics as usual!”