Is This A Spoof?

Posted by on May 28th, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Gina Barreca’s self-satisfied post for the Chronicle of Higher Education, on Dan Clowes’ recent New Yorker cover, makes me want to hurl. Curse you, reader Ethan Young, for sending me the link in the first place.

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4 Responses to “Is This A Spoof?”

  1. ethanyoung says:

    As the comments show, the joke was clear to everyone BUT them, because it was ON them: the market vakue of PhDs is circling the drain.

    But for all their deconstruction, they missed the most obvious signifier: the kid is America’s best known comic strip character, all growed up.
    ethan ‘not the artist’ young

  2. marcsobel says:

    I don’t know if I wanted to HURL after reading it, but the defensive tone is evidence of how career academics are in denial about the shrinking job opportunities and diminished value of PhDs in the humanities and social sciences. Maybe Ms. Barecca was extra defensive after reading Peter Conn’s indictment of the PhD programs on US college campuses in the April 4 Chronicle: “We Need to Acknowledge the Realities of Employment in the Humanities.”

    Also, I don’t think Clowes was implying that this nameless character was Charlie Brown all grown up, although I could see how the sweater might lead one to that conclusion. But the fact that’s he’s blonde and named Tim would indicate otherwise.

  3. Kristy Valenti says:

    Clowes is married to an academic: this is probably why he addressed the issue.

  4. WLLilly says:

    …Marc , to get literal here , it would obviously be lawsuit protection on Clows’ – and Conde Nast’s – part , to make the character a more obviously adult , (relatively) more realistically drawn , and differently named person .