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On A Requiem for Molly, The "Archived" American Girl Doll

I'm crying in public at a Panera which is pretty embarrassing. I loved Molly and her books. Those stories stuck with me. In fact, I was thinking about the mashed turnips she had to eat earlier today. I can see my grandma and great grandma bent over her sewing table together, making tiny dresses for my AG dolls. I miss her so much it's like a punch in the gut.

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 2:17 pm 2

On America the Beautiful

@Lurkasaurus @editrickster @fondue with cheddar @par_parenthese Okay! You asked for it! So, this is definitely my favorite story, ready for this?

Thomas Nast drew cartoons for Harper's in NY in the 1800s. He popularized the donkey and elephant as political symbols, gave us the modern day Santa, and other crazy things we are still familiar with. BUT what is the MOST AWESOME was his visual critiques of Tammany Hall, run by one Boss Tweed. This dude was super corrupt. He put all his friends in powerful positions, and would pull things like creating a building project and paying out an ABSURD amount of money to his pals. For example, the New York County Courthouse building cost $13 million to build - or $178 million in today's dollars. (Some things did get done under him, like the Brooklyn Bridge project, but the way he went about it was sooo sleazy and again, pretty much bankrupted the city).

Nast used his position at Harper's to continually attack Tweed, depicting him as above the law, with a literal moneybag for a head, and as mentioned above, as a Ceasar figure who was literally a-okaying ripping Columbia apart. Tweed sent some of his men with a "scholarship" for Nast to go "study abroad" to make him stop, but he DID NOT. (Tweed was quoted as saying, "I don't care what they write about me, but I hate those damn pictures!" as much of his constituency was illiterate, but could definitely understand those images.) Finally, after a major political faux paus that even Tweed couldn't cover, public favour turned against him and he was arrested. He slipped out of jail, and hopped a steamer ship to Spain. The best part, though? At the Spanish border, he was detained because someone recognized him from Nast's cartoons! So he was sent back to NY and died in jail. THE END.

The power of images!

Posted on March 12, 2013 at 9:25 pm 4

On America the Beautiful

The one where she is defending the Chinese immigrant was done by Thomas Nast, by far one of my favorite stories in illustration history. His depictions of Columbia always have her looking PISSED and yelling at some racist dudes or giving them the stink eye (his series after the Civil War where Columbia is introducing African-American veterans to the country as heroes is kind of amazing). Except when he was going after Tammany Hall, Columbia was shown as literally being ripped to shreds by "the tiger of Tammany Hall" in a gladiator-style venue. It definitely resonated with people. Yay! (I definitely teach Illustration History. I will go on and on.)

Posted on March 12, 2013 at 1:45 pm 7

On Eating Good Cheap Food

"Lukewarm llama empanadas" is such a great little poem.

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 7:37 pm 5

On The Proper Way to Celebrate Someone Else's Holiday

@Tuna Surprise Well, it's just after 4 and kind of dark already, but we did get some sun today. It's wet and gloomy, but I'll take it over -30 and snow ANY DINGDONG DAY.

Posted on November 13, 2012 at 7:15 pm 0

On Jokes

Why did the girl fall out of the swing? She didn't have any arms.

My favorite joke as a kid! (Also now.)

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 6:25 pm 2

On Jokes

@stuffisthings The Jimmy Car link, it's a joke about a lion getting lost in the jungle? It seems like an anti-joke (not really a pun, just an unexpected answer). I don't get how it's racist. (Really, I don't, please explain?)

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm 1

On Jokes

@AJ Sparkles Two guys walk into a bar. The third one ducks.

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm 3

On Save the Date*

@roberts rising She IS considering rescheduling. Having the day you've spent months planning and paying for being ruined beyond your control warrants being upset, no matter what the Sad Internet Story Police have to say. Geezus tapdancing christ. I'm glad you've obviously handled every crisis in your life with such grace.

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm 14

On The Missing Bride 2012

@WhiskeySour Ahh! I love those books. And I can read them online! Joy of joys!

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 2:51 pm 0