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Hume and Jessica: A Matched Pair

Posted by on January 21st, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Donald Phelps examines the art of the married stage-and-screen actors Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn.

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George Booth’s Little Theater of Everyday Absurdities

Posted by on January 12th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
George Booth’s cartoons, in large ­part, are theaters, staged vignettes, that, in their tones, mingle the cranky, bristling domesticity of the ’20s and ’30s Clifford Odets with the careening Surrealist/ Dadaist farce of Eugene Ionesco. Booth’s overall tone differs from many of his current colleagues at The New Yorker in its deft balancing of journalism and whimsy.

Oh, What a Knight Errant: R. B. Fuller’s Oaky Doaks

Posted by on January 4th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Panel from September 7, 1946 Oaky Doaks [©1946 AP Newsfeatures]

A long — but hardly long enough — -running, comic parody/pastiche of Knighthood’s flowering, R. B. Fuller’s Oaky Doaks transmuted its oft-parodied material with a tone of Sancho Panza pragmatism:

THE VOICES OF SANTOS ORTEGA

Posted by on December 29th, 2009 at 12:01 AM
On an aural level, Santos Ortega's artistry (amid a throng of others) resembled that of an expert cartoonist. One-line remarks as pen strokes, lending nuance to an implicitly conventional portrait.

FOLKLORE (LESS): The Feverish Fables of Fredric Brown

Posted by on December 28th, 2009 at 12:01 AM

“Printer stink!” — His Name Was Death

The aphorism is spoken in a dream. The dreamer, a middle-aged linotypist, is nursing fears of exposure for what has proven a successful moonlight career in counterfeiting. He is prepared to counter embarrassing

DARK MISCHIEF: Theodore Sturgeon’s Sinister Fables

Posted by on December 24th, 2009 at 12:01 AM

Like the fables of John Collier or A.E. Coppard, the Narratives of Theodore Sturgeon unite the folklore themes of unlimited moral privilege (via wish fulfillment) and the potential malignancy of Nature, with a wry, sly, moral skepticism; centering in stories

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Kuttner’s Cosmos

Posted by on December 14th, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Frisky, coolly ingenious, both crassly blunt, and insidiously suggestive: Henry Kuttner’s fantastical modem-day fables illumined the pages of John W. Campbell’s Unknown Worlds magazine (extra-literate pulp fantasy) during its deplorably short life (1939-1943).

In interviews, Kuttner professed admiration (with perhaps

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Oop’s A Daisy

Posted by on November 30th, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Unbound by anthropological accuracy, V. T.Hamlin’s Alley Oopa shaggy-maned, slangy, prehistoric roughneck began his adventuresome existence amid the rocky landscapes of Moo: unrelated to the undersea sister city of Atlantis. Oop rode his pet dinosaur, Dinny, here

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