Jarry at the diner

Today’s surreal Zippy:


Two contributions here: the diner, and Alfred Jarry.

Jarry is easy. From Wikipedia:

Alfred Jarry (… 8 September 1873 – 1 November 1907) was a French symbolist writer best known for coining the term and philosophical concept of ‘pataphysics, “inspiring a century of experimentation”.

Born in Laval, Mayenne, France, not far from the border of Brittany; he was of Breton descent on his mother’s side. In his lifetime, though associated with the Symbolist movement, Jarry was best known for his play Ubu Roi (1896), which is often cited as a forerunner to the Surrealist and Futurist movements of the 1920s and 1930s. Jarry wrote in a variety of hybrid genres and styles, prefiguring the Postmodern. He wrote plays, novels, poetry, essays and speculative journalism. His texts present us with pioneering work in the fields of absurdist literature and postmodern philosophy.

The diner is another matter. I can find a Manchester NH diner (the Airport Diner) that conspicuously recommends eating dessert first, but it doesn’t look anything like the diner in #1:


For the moment, this is a mystery.

4 Responses to “Jarry at the diner”

  1. John Baker Says:

    I believe that’s the Tilt’n Diner, Tilton, NH, which is under common ownership with the Airport Diner, see http://www.thecman.com/restaurants-and-menus/tilt-n-diner.aspx.

    • arnold zwicky Says:

      That’s it! Many thanks.

      • John Baker Says:

        You’re welcome, Arnold. As it happens, I was just at the Airport Diner two weeks ago, so I knew it was part of a chain. It’s always surprising when connections like this pop up – after all, you’re in California and I’m in Maryland.

        “Eat dessert first” seems to have become a more popular thing to say, if not necessarily to do, in recent years. I associate the sentiment with coal miners, who were said to begin lunch with the pie that their wives packed for them – if there were a cave-in during the meal, they wanted at least to have eaten that. I suppose that the Airport Diner, which is airport-themed even though it’s a mile or so from the airport, is playing on the perceived risks of flight, although flying has long been safer than driving.

  2. Jarry at the diner II | Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

    […] this from John Baker’s comment on my previous posting, the image of the Tit’n Diner in Tilton […]

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