Passed on by Kim Darnell, a “desktop ally” from the goofy Red Rocket Farm (whimsical on-line site and store):
Archive for the ‘Penguins’ Category
Unearthed in today’s clearing out of material piled up in a cabinet, two New Yorker cartoons: a Sam Gross (published in the 9/4/95 issue) in which a penguin achieves flight, a Charles Barsotti (published in the 8/12/96 issue) in which squirrels question whether they are in fact flying squirrels (there are tree squirrels, ground squirrels, flying squirrels, and questioning squirrels — TGFQ):
If you try harder, you might succeed; and if you give it a try, you might discover your identity.
Juan Gomez, surveying some of the penguiniana at Ramona St. (there is even more at Staunton Ct., where I’m trying to clear things out), noticed this very handsome silver and black tie on display in my living room:
(The label says: “MUSEO Hand Made” — made in Korea, as it turns out.)
The tie was a gift from my friend Steven Levine, who has an enormous collection — hundreds — of ties, found in used clothing outlets, estate sales, flea markets, and the like. Funny, gorgeous, bizarre, all shedding some light on odd corners of popular culture and changes in artistic fashions over the years.
So Juan asked what the most unusual tie in Steven’s collection was. I asked Steven, he reflected for some time, and nominated six items. For your thoughtful pleasure, these ties, with Steven’s comments…
Caught in the May 9th New Yorker, this Tom Toro cartoon:
A little slideshow on time adverbials and the times they refer to, understood figuratively.
Toro hasn’t appeared on this blog before, but he’s a prolific cartoonist with an ear for language and an inclination to play with classic cartoon memes (like the desert island or, as below, penguins and their discriminability).
It’s been a long time — about 11 years — since I posted about Nicholas Gurewitch’s comic strip The Perry Bible Fellowship (in 5/17/05, “Ending with a preposition”), and now I come finally to Gurewitch’s big compendium of 2009, Almanack (published in Wilwaukie OR — note the spelling — by Dark Horse Comics).
PBF is often grotesque, sometimes coarse, sometimes violent, but never dull. The human figures are mostly white globe-faced creatures, as in this unfortunate pun:
And occasionally there are penguins, sometimes mortally pursued by killer whales:
From Victor Steinbok, three recent penguin stories from the UK paper The Independent on-line: 2/18, 2/23, 3/7 (interestingly, by three different reporters in three different sections of the paper; still, it looks like the paper is into penguins).
Two items yesterday from friends offering penguiniana: from Victor Steinbok, a report of a (somewhat goofy-sounding) scientific research project on the stability of walking (that is, waddling) penguins; and from Chris Waigl, a German cartoon about philosopher penguins.
A trail of books (and illustrations). It starts with a book I got for Christmas, Janet Perlman’s graphic novel Penguins Behind Bars. That leads to writer, artist, and illustrator Edward Gorey and his unsettling narratives. And from there to author Joan Aiken and her Wolves Chronicles (where we will get a note of linguistic interest).
Gorey is the connective tissue. Together with Derek Lamb, Perlman did the animation for the PBS Mystery! series, bringing drawings by Gorey to life. And then Gorey did cover illustrations for some of Aiken’s most famous books.
In the NYT Science Times on November 24th, “Psst, Buddy, That Cute Penguin Is So Into You: To preseve a species in Africa, zookeepers are running a kind of animal dating service” (in print), “To Save African Penguins, Humans Set Up a Dating Service” (on-line), by Christina Cook:
Greensboro, N.C. — When the African penguins Derek and Geirfugl were given their own room last spring, keepers at the Greensboro Science Center questioned whether they liked each other enough to take their relationship to the next level.
Derek was more interested in interacting with her human keepers than with other penguins. And when she did start to flirt with Geirfugl, leaning toward him and flicking her head back and forth, the male bird did not return the sentiment.
By mid-September, though, the relationship had taken an amorous turn. On a recent afternoon, they nestled beside each other inside a plastic crate — on a nest containing two eggs.
… In the wild, African penguins, which inhabit the coast of South Africa and Namibia, choose their partners from a pool of thousands and mate for life. In captivity, the limited size of the colonies — and the need to perpetuate a genetically diverse species — make human intervention necessary.
A baby penguin born to Derek, a female, and Geirfugl