"London has become a literary playground:
a project by the National Literacy Trust has scattered 50 book-shaped benches across the capital for the whole summer, each dedicated to an iconic London-related author or character." (The Guardian
). The BBC report
about the literary benches; the full list of benches
from the Books about Town website. CNN has a slideshow that includes a nice photo of the Paddington Bear bench in use.
Let's sing some Christmas carols! We'll start with the great "Reno Erat Rudolphus,"
then we can move on to favorites like "Frigus Vir Nivis," "Avia renone calcabatur,"
and of course, "Tinnitus, tinnitus."
Then let's read that classic Dr. Seuss story, Quomodo Invidiosulus Nomine Grinchus Christi Natalem Abrogaverit
)! As they say, Hoc mirandis est temporis anni
Oh the Places You'll Go.
In 68 different accents. Not necessarily accurate, but different. SLYT
All the Whos Down in Whoville are Aliens
But just what are the Whos down in Whoville? Are they human? What is the Grinch? What’s the connection between these Whos and the Whos living on the speck-of-dust planet in Horton Hears a Who!? Are those Whos who Horton heard the same species of Whos of which Cyndi Lou Who (who was not more than two) is a member?
Related: Is Whoville located on a Who Planet?
Previously on the Blue: The Grinch
Since it debuted on the blue
in '11 // Epic Rap Battles of History
preppin' // to score itself more than a billion views
// and become TopDog of the pack YouTube
Made by NicePeter
// (two improv comics by Maker
employed) // The series pits icons of legend renowned // in a slick-wit freestyle rap throwdown
With snappier writing, and better FX // online celebs
(and Google Ad checks) // The Epic Rap crew's halfway done with the brew // that is Epic Rap Battles of History Part Deux
The midseason's close? It comes out today. // In one corner: Santa Claus, fresh from his sleigh
And his prophet o' doom? "He ain't Mayan," ERBoH sez.
It's Snoop Dogg -- Snoop Lion -- as mothafuckin' Moses
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WHAT IS A WILD TONE?
" live in Radios. They're the Bad Tones
that escape from the back
of your speaker. They like to howl and screech and beat booming drums... they ruin good music... every chance they get. Yeoooooooo EEK! BONG! BOOM [more inside]
The Seven Lady Godivas: The True Facts Concerning History's Barest Family
is a Dr. Seuss book for adults, which features nude women in every panel.
You've probably all seen or read Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas
(1 2 3
). But did you know about its Halloween sequel, Halloween Is Grinch Night
? The first Dr. Seuss special to feature music from Joe Raposo
, it has finally been released on DVD
. Or you can watch it on YouTube (1 2
DeviantArt artist DrFaustusAU has been hard at work on a Dr. Seuss-inspired adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's The Call Of Cthulhu. It's not finished, but you can see what he's done so far: Cover
, Page 1
, Pages 2-3
, Pages 4-5
, Pages 6-7
, Pages 8-9
, Pages 10-11
In 1971 a children's librarian in Troy, Michigan wrote dozens of letters to various celebrities and political leaders and asked them to send back inspirational messages to the children. Ninety-seven of them wrote back
Like a lot of people, I grew up with Theodor Geisel, alias Dr. Seuss, as a huge part of my childhood. Books like Cat in the Hat and Oh, The Places You'll Go helped me learn how to read, and the Chuck Jones version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas! is still a holiday tradition at my house. But until this week, I had no idea that two years before his book was published, Dr. Seuss created a sadly short-lived newspaper comic strip called Hejji -- and it turns out that it's one of his most interesting works. [more inside]
Dr. Seuss does Star Wars
. Transmogrifications by Seattle cartoonist Adam Watson.
"Your responsibility is to defend Yertle. You may argue that Yertle is the king and, as protector of the realm, has a right to order his subjects to do whatever he thinks is necessary. He thought it was necessary to see what was beyond his pond and pressed other turtles into service so that he could see that far. They were hurt in the line of duty, so he wasn't personally liable for Sadie's injury. He did not realize how young she was, or he wouldn't have ordered her to join the stack of turtles." Turtle on Trial
, a lesson from the ABA
for Law Day
, May 1.
Do You Know What I'm Going To Do Next Saturday?
is a Flickr set of the pages from Helen Palmer Geisel's (Dr. Seuss's first wife) now out of print children's book that gained notoreity
for its depiction of children doing fun & very dangerous things like joining the marines
, playing with guns
& fighting American Gladiator style
Many a music fan out there in MeFitown
and beyond was delighted with and intrigued by that now-vanished website, Dylan Hears a Who!
It featured backing tracks that captured, with an astonishing believability, both the sound and the feel of Highway 61-era Bob, not to mention an uncannily good Dylan vocal imitation. And of course, as is now legend, "Dylan" was singing lyrics straight out of the wonderful works of the good Dr. Seuss
. Well, back in April Salon magazine broke the story of the very, very talented individual who put the whole thing together. Those for whom this is old news please forgive me, but it's news to me, and I can't find any notice of it here at MeFi, so, here it is
Move over Harry Potter! Political books for children have hit store shelves
! From the right side of the political spectrum there is HELP! MOM! There Are Liberals Under My Bed!
; from the left, Why Mommy Is a Democrat
. "Putting political messages in children's books isn't new. More than 20 years ago, Dr. Seuss did it with The Butter Battle Book*
, where the Zooks and the Yooks build competing arsenals, modeled after the nuclear arms race [animation -- 1
by Dr. Seuss. [25 min Google Video.]
Dylan Hears a Who!
Bob, that is. Caution: autoplaying audio. (Via
Back in the dark days of World War II, the man
who would become Dr. Seuss
was in the business of military propaganda . One of the characters he created was Private Snafu
Private Snafu was an animated depiction of a bumbling soldier in military training films, whose voice sounded suspiciously close to Bugs Bunny
. Warner Bros. animation studios produced the cartoons with the talents of Mel Blanc
, Chuck Jones
, and Bob Clampett
Private Snafu has been discussed here previously
but now you can watch some of the original cartoons on youtube
and download them here
! (unfortunately, I am still unable to locate the awesomely-titled "Private Snafu vs. Malaria Mike"
Education for Death.
(YouTubefilter.) Disney-produced anti-Nazi cartoon
short from 1943. Look for Hitler's Satanic horns. More weirdness from WWII: Warner Bros Snafuperman
, starring Pvt. Snafu (originally created by Dr. Seuss!), who also deals with spies
, all while jabbering away in a voice that sounds disconcertingly like that of a certain cwazy wabbit. From Archive. org -- Pvt. Snafu learns about booby traps
, in one case literally. Bugs himself joined the Air Force, and was faced with gremlins
for his trouble. Superman himself got in on the act, battling Japoteurs
. After all, during the War we were plenty worried about those canny Japanese
The Dr. Seuss Parody Page
: Offered to help wash the image of the Cat in the Hat movie out of your minds... If you've been on the net for more than 3 days, you've seen at least some of these:
And Biblical Scholars,
And Vikings who holler
, that's cute.
From Purity Tests
Who knows what's the best?
I'd list every one, I am so unabashed,
But do so, my rhymes would become Ogden Nash
So click and enjoy
Some of this
Some of that
And avoid Mr. Myers in 'Cat in the Hat'.
"If the producers had dug up Ted Geisel's body and hung it from a tree,
they couldn't have desecrated the man more," suggests the Boston Globe's Ty Burr, and he's not alone.
Do I need to actually go see this stinkbomb in order to trash it? Or will other parents stand with me to assure this guaranteed first-weekend blockbuster has the biggest second-weekend drop ever?
Dr. Seuss, politcal cartoonist.
Before the Cat strode in wearing a Hat, and before Horton heard a Who, Dr. Seuss drew for a liberal New York newspaper called PM. Through most of 1941 he drew images
that criticized isolationists who thought we could sit out the war. He already had developed his idiosyncratic style, and the University of California at San Diego has all 400 of his PM cartoons on its site. Here's what he drew Dec. 5, 1941
, and this is his cartoon of Dec. 8
. Later in the war, he wrote scripts for 28 "Private Snafu
" animated cartoons, which taught servicemen what not to do. Some were directed by Chuck Jones.
Bush and Chirac debate Iraq
"I will bomb him in his car;
I will bomb him from afar.
I will bomb him in his house;
I do not like him, he’s a louse.
I’m going to bomb him here and there.
I’m going to bomb him everywhere."
How the Grinch Stole Wisconsin's History?
So, here in Wisconsin, the state government managed to screw up the economy so bad that its making historic budget cuts. Rather than take it lying down, anonymous members of the Historical Society have struck back via the Internet. Thus far, the rewriting of "the Grinch" into "How the Grinch Stole Who-story" is classic. Perfect for Friday.
Tomorrow, March 2, is the 98th birthday of Dr. Suess,
and Kristian (the author of the link) suggested to me that we through him a party on the web. If you have a website or blog please dedicate your posts today or tomorrow to honor this most remarkable man, his legacy of stories and what impact they have had on your life. Happy Birthday Dr. Suess!
Dr. Seuss Went to War
This page has many of the comics that show up in the book of the same name. WWII era political cartoons from Dr. Seuss.
I know it's early for the story of the Grinch,
but I thought everyone should re-read it. It is a wonderful diversion from and a good fable about the 9/11 attacks. Granted, he won't be carving our roast beast, but in some pithy, corny way, Bin Laden may realize that our spirit -- our livelihood "doesn't come from a store."
Not a terribly serious topic, but I saw the Grinch movie on the weekend and hated it savagely. Just deplored it from beginning to end. And as time has passed and I've thought more about my extreme reaction, I've grown to hate it even more. This dude at Entertainment Weekly makes a pretty good case
for why this blockbuster is a big chunk o' crap. Thoughts?
P.S. I did see Quills
last night however, and it was amazing.
How the Grinch Stole Election Day
The Grinch hated voting! He thought it a bore. Now, please don't ask why. Could be Bush, could be Gore.
You can own art by Dr. Suess.
It seems that Theodore Geisel (Dr. Suess) in addition to turning out dozens of books beloved by children (and not a few adults) was also a serious artist, but he kept all the serious art in his home. He did this work just for his own pleasure, and for no other reason.
His widow has now offered much of that art for sale as lithographs and this link shows what is available. It is recognizably the same artist, but equally it is dramatically different.
Available also are pictures from the books.
Dr. Seuss gets political
] Some political cartoons from one of the great illustrators.
Even though the movie 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas
' doesn't come out until a year from now, they've already got a flash teaser up at their site