Pavlov’s novelist

Today’s Wayno/Piraro Bizarro collabo, with a groaner pun on the name F. Scott Fitzgerald (the American writer) plus an instance of the Pavlov cartoon meme:

(#1) (If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 2 in this strip — see this Page.)

The pun is straightforward (it does depend on your recognizing Spot as a conventional name for dogs in English); but though Pavlov isn’t mentioned in the cartoon, it’s all about classical, or Pavlovian, conditioning, and the cartoon makes no sense unless you recognize the allusion to Pavlov, and also recall that Pavlov conditioned his dogs to salivate (and expect food) on hearing a bell ringing (here, the carriage return bell on a typewriter, which younger readers will be unfamiliar with, typewriters being an obsolete technology — but the cartoon helpfully fills in this bit of typewriter arcana).

Pavlov on this blog. Five previous cartoons.

on 10/11/15 in “Pavlov’s cat”, a Maria Scrivan cartoon (one of many featuring some kind of role reversal):


on 10/20/15 in “Going to the dogs”, #2 a Phil Selby cartoon with a hot dog wagon selling Pavlov’s dogs:


on 10/26/15 in “R(e)ubenesque”, #6 a Mark Stivers cartoon:


on 11/15/15 in “Title generator, Pavlov”, #2 a Tom Gauld cartoon :


— and on 11/15/17 in “The [Bob] Mankoff rat cartoon”:


As a bonus, the posting has a section on classic, or Pavlovian, conditioning.

One Response to “Pavlov’s novelist”

  1. arnold zwicky Says:

    Wayno’s title: “Who’s a Good Writer”.

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