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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

One Way to Fight Back

It was a bad day for journalists and artist. Terrorists killed 12 at the French weekly Charlie Hebdo.
It was kind of on my mind all day, and made me want to celebrate a writer. So I picked Marjane Satrapi, whose graphic memoir "Persepolis" is one of my favorites. It's about her 1970s childhood in Iran, which became more and more conservative as her liberal parents watched.

Most of us can't do much about radical fools. But we can celebrate our freedom to read by ... reading.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Saturday, January 03, 2015


Do you remember the story from the 80s about chemical company heir John DuPont committing a crime (no spoilers here) against an Olympic wrestling gold medalist? I didn't either, so I was surprised by the climax of "Foxcatcher," the new film with Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo. 

Should you care to read more about the real Dave Schultz (Ruffalo plays the only likable character int he film), I give you the Wikipedia page.

In other news, if you read about Daisy in yesterday's entry, be assured she is doing well. Roscoe is cleaning her face as we speak, which is very sweet.

More tomorrow ...

Friday, January 02, 2015

Daisy v. Car

Only a few years after Daisy's encounter with a car on Belvoir, she seems to be regaining her spunk. She slipped out this evening by means that remain unclear, though it could've been while Yours Truly was clambering in the house after work.  I literally didn't see her at all, so I'm not sure if she was already out at that point or not.

She has some skid marks on her, but I think she's going to be fine. But this is how it is with pets. They give us smiles and gray hairs in equal measure.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy Birthday, You Old Recluse

Today is the anniversary of J.D. Salinger's birth in 1919.  I don't have his birthday committed to memory, and he is, admittedly, far from my favorite writer. (I've read TCITR twice, mostly without love.) But my excellent Barnes & Noble literary desk calendar alerted me to J.D.'s birthday, so I researched him a bit and decided that his nice, sensitive face would be fun to draw.

Salinger's rejection of attention became as well known as "The Catcher in the Rye," which is pretty darned well known.  People came to disdain him for his disdain of everyone else. Folks never appreciate a hermit.

I have a feeling he wasn't a bad guy. He was, after all, at one point considering becoming a special education teacher. That's a telling detail.

But sensitivity can make people behave strangely, and to be misunderstood. This is a good lesson to remember. 

Anyway, should you like to read more about Salinger (his father was a kosher cheesemonger), you can start here.