David Orr investigates the day jobs of some modern poets, and notes “the university job is a relatively recent development in Anglo-American poetry.” Indeed, as this playful illustration from Incidental Comics makes clear, poets have engaged in a wide array of salaried jobs – from pediatricians to bank clerks to diplomats. Previously, we took a look at writers and their day jobs, too.
Translation: Bernhard’s prose seems to portray a narrative form of “the whispering game”. / …Author1 creates Text1 (and World1). Reader1 reconstructs World1 - and becomes, therefore, the creator of World2 etc.
Source: Espen Terjesen, a Norwegian graphic artist, teacher, and writer, has put together a striking piece, equal parts graphic novel and academic essay, on Thomas Bernhard.
Before he drew the Lorax who spoke for the trees, Dr. Seuss penned ads for multinational corporations with considerably different constituencies. A full archive of Theodore Seuss Geisel’s early advertising work courtesy of the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of California, San Diego.
Illustration enthusiasts in New York should be sure to stop by “Gorey Preserved,” an exhibition of “nearly every edition of every work published by [Edward] Gorey, in addition to illustrations for dust jackets and magazines, etchings, posters, and design ephemera” on display at Columbia University until August 10th. For those unable to stop by, Eve Bowen takes readers on a virtual walk through the exhibit and includes plenty of links to his drawings online.
“In a 1937 essay in the Partisan Review, Dwight Macdonald lamented that the typical New Yorker writer ‘has given up the struggle to make sense out of a world which daily grows more complicated. His stock of data is strictly limited to the inconsequential.’ […] To pigeonhole The New Yorker as a comfy cultural consumer item for moneyed liberals — tempting as it is — ignores the magazine’s long history of publishing abrasive and subversive works of art and reportage amid more wishy-washy fare.”