Tag Archives: James Thurber

poetics of pegasus

by Art Chantry: just for fun, i thought i’d show all of you this. it’s the cover of the newest “Poetry” magazine. it’s their 100th anniversary year this year (not bad!). to celebrate the centennial, they asked a dozen “famous” … Continue reading

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killing time club: edumacation

by Art Chantry: this is an advert for one of those horrible “TIME, INC.” book clubs from the 1960’s. i don’t know how long it was around (the oldest examples i have are from the mid 1960’s). it was one … Continue reading

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dogs: show and tell

It was no secret that Thorstein Veblen had a general disdain for dogs, which wherever this antipathy for the canine sprung from, he did postulate the axiom, and pretty solid case, that dogs have almost no economic utility. While discounting … Continue reading

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dragon tattoo: duchamp and the de-idealized

Sexual fantasies for the sexually repressed. Like the alcoholic that has a “tolerance”, stronger doses are always required to get the buzz, the vicarious experience of ┬áJames Thurber’s Walter Mitty as potential psychopath. If misogyny is so appalling then why … Continue reading

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a thurber carnival: happy days are here again

The black, memorable year of 1929. Its 2011, three years since the great recession and the economic needle won’t budge.Employment is worse. And the housing crisis and foreclosures show little improvement. Are we in a socialized version of the dirty … Continue reading

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the living clocks: navigation by the sun

Does the season go off inside of us, like a ringing in the blood? People have always associated the burgeoning of spring with the coming of warmer weather; the spring warmth, we feel, has roused the earth from dormancy. But … Continue reading

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EVERYONE IS A STAR: Can I Buy or Lease Your Aura?

It may seem peculiar, annoying, disconcerting and disturbing when pop culture artifacts, including garbage and facial hair, material with no intrinsic value, sells for substantial sums of money. Why? Do they belong to the spirits that guide us through the … Continue reading

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THE DAMP HAND OF MELANCHOLY

Restaurant Utopia. Five miles high , then, when you come to the fork in the road, take it. ┬áThe sign on the door stated ” Different Cultural Levels Eat Here”. On entering the host delivers a fortune cookie, in which … Continue reading

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LAUGHING WITH THE SUB-LITERARIES IN DIXIE

Whether or not humor has been considered too elusive or trivial to warrant serious study on its own terms ,like the popular culture of which it is both part and a partaker, is unclear. Some scholars such as Jesse Bier, … Continue reading

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Miniature Art and Theater

An old baseball expression goes that if you’re not cheating a bit ,it means you’re not really trying either.The tactics of Bill Veeck were creative and theatrical in a manner far beyond doctored baseballs and illegal bats.Bill Veeck, the owner … Continue reading

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