Mirror image

A David Sipress cartoon in the July 20th New Yorker:

Looking at text in a mirror is one way to reverse the image. But so is looking at it from the back side of a glass window, as here. The bar’s customer is just going along with the reversal.

You do wonder about the pronunciation of the reversed text. (There are people who’ve gotten pretty good at “talking backwards” — reversing the acoustic signal. The linguist Yuen Ren Chao used to do this as a kind of parlor trick.)

The cartoonist David Sipress has appeared on this blog on one previous occasion (with two cartoons): on 7/15/12. His writeup on the New Yorker site:

David Sipress’s first cartoon appeared in The New Yorker in 1998, and he was newyorker.com’s first Daily Cartoonist, during the 2012 Presidential election. His work has also appeared in the Boston Phoenix, Time, Parade, Playboy, Funny Times, the Washington Post, Harper’s, Gastronomica, and Shambhala Sun. Sipress has also lectured on the art of the cartoon, and he was the writer and host of “Conversations with Cartoonists,” a series of onstage interviews with many of the artists who work on the magazine. Sipress has published both fiction and nonfiction on narrative.com and on The New Yorkers Web siteincluding “Marcella Hazan Changed My Life,” a tribute to the great Italian chef, and “My November 22, 1963,” an account of his family’s experience of the Kennedy assassination.

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