Birds still do not lead epic lives

5 June 2004 at 13:14 Leave a comment

The Calvin and Hobbes cartoon that forms the third part of my Elizabeth Bennett/P.O. Kristeller/C&H life philosophy is online. Originally printed 5 June 1993, it will only be online for a week or so, but here is the dialogue:

Calvin: You know why birds don’t write their memoirs? Because birds don’t lead epic lives, that’s why! Who’d want to read what a bird does?

Hobbes: (looks at the viewer)

C: This is changing the subject, but have you ever noticed how somebody can say something totally loony and not be aware of it? What are you supposed to do, just let is slide?

H: Sometimes if you wait, he’ll top himself.

C: I say just punch ‘im then and there!

I almost named my blog “Birds don’t lead epic lives”, but I’m afraid to contemplate which side of that equation I fall on.

And by extra-special coincidence: today we went to Centre Pompidou to see all their wonderful modern art. Great structure, great collection. And today online is also: Neo-Cubist Calvin, another of my favorite C&H cartoons.

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What I’ve been reading:

  • James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, L.L.D. (London, 14 King William Street, Strand: William P. Nimmo, 1876). 3 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 3, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985). 4 years ago
  • Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millennium (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988). 4 years ago
  • Stephanie Kallos, Broken for You (New York: Grove Press, 2004). 4 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 2, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985) 4 years ago

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I am a misanthrope. No one ever believes me, but this seems to prove my point.

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