Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

The news for penguins and, oh yes, penises

February 15, 2017

From Elizabeth Daingerfield Zwicky on Facebook yesterday, a chocolate cupcake for Valentine’s Day (which is also, significantly, Elizabeth’s birthday), with white frosting and a blue frosting design on top of that:

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Ah, you say a penguin, on ice, with a message of love (those hearts). Note that, thanks to me, penguins are a big thing in my family.

Elizabeth boldly denied the Penguin Interpretation — well, with a  Magrittean disavowal (Ceci n’est pas une pipe):

This is not a penguin.

But then she added an alternative, the Rocket Interpretation:

A rocket. With heart-shaped windows.

But wait! There’s more!

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Books from Stanford

February 13, 2017

Recent books from Stanford-connected authors, some my colleagues, some my former students (so I have warm feelings). Two in sociolinguistics / educational linguistics, one on the (gasp) morphosyntax-phonology interface.

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A label of love

January 21, 2017

The One Big Happy in Thursday’s comics feed:

From OED3 (Nov. 2010), under labour ‘task’:

labour of love  a task undertaken either for love of the work itself or out of love for a person, cause, etc.; work of this nature.

The fixed expression — which Ruthie has presumably not heard before and so has eggcornishly reshaped — is Biblical in origin and has been used allusively in names of books, songs, films, and the like.

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The epiphany’s over

January 7, 2017

A day late for Epiphany, this epiphany cartoon:

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A play on Breakfast at Tiffany’s, with the Tiffany’s / Epiphany’s pun, using the noun epiphany ‘a moment of sudden revelation or insight’ (NOAD2).

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A New Yorker POP

January 4, 2017

In the current (January 9th) New Yorker, a Paul Noth cartoon with a cute POP (phrasal overlap portmanteau):

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The book title Stranger in a Strange Land overlapped with Land’s End catalog (referring to a catalog for the Land’s End clothing stores [note added later: the company name is actually Lands’ End]). And illustrated with a combination of typical model figures from the catalogs and a figure from the cover of one of the editions of the book.

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The advancing horde of shelf elves

December 21, 2016

The most extravagant of the images I’ve collected on this topic — one that should serve as a warning about (some of) the content of this posting:

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Two things you need to know about to fully get this composition: the Elf on the Shelf figure; and the glory hole setting, with a candy cane (which often functions as a phallic symbol) standing in for a penis. (In a moment I’ll have more to say about the details of the composition.)

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The Curious George caper

December 8, 2016

Today’s Bizarro has a man and his monkey hauled in by the cops for questioning:

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In case you were unsure of the identities of the simian and his yellow-hatted friend, the little one is wearing a t-shirt that says “Curious George”.

(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 3 in this strip — see this Page.)

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Le calendrier des agriculteurs

December 4, 2016

(About art photography and men’s bodies.)

With an alert from Michael Palmer on Facebook, the latest of Fred Goudon’s calendars:

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Montalvo morning

November 19, 2016

Stuck in my mind on waking, a notable placename in California — there are Montalvo Streets in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Palm Springs, and the Villa Montalvo and Arts Center in Saratoga is not far from Palo Alto — and for good historical reasons, going back to the inventor of California, the 15th-century  Castilian author of fantasy romances Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo (Montalvo ‘white mountain’).

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A children’s book from Walsh

October 15, 2016

Having just posted a Liam Francis Walsh cartoon (#2 here), I came across his announcement of first children’s book (published on May 31st):

An adventure in letters. From the publisher’s blurb on amazon:

A boy and his dog embark on a fishing journey.

Their first catch of the day: a big fat letter F.

Their second? A slippery I.

After an epic journey beneath the lake’s surface, they find what they came for– a FISH, along with some unanticipated menace from a few other letters.

This clever, wordless picture book, by a popular New Yorker cartoonist, is filled with charm and heart and will have no problem swimming its way into the hearts of young readers.