Wednesday Illustrations: Robert Binks

Posted by on July 28th, 2010 at 9:00 AM

We’re looking at the art done by Robert Binks for The Old Dog Barks Backwards, the last book by the poet Ogden Nash. This is the fifth and final post, and the first is here.

For “Sexual Politics Farewell,” a rather double-edged open letter to “Kate Millett, Shulasmith Firestone, Betty Friedan et al.,” as the subtitle puts it:

© 1972 Little, Brown and Company, Inc.

For “Sweet Land of Capitals,” about American cities’ tendency to boast in capital letters about their various claims to fame:

© 1972 Little, Brown and Company, Inc.

For “Which the Chicken, Which the Egg,” a meditation on the human condition: “He drinks because she scolds, he thinks; / She thinks she scolds because he drinks, / And neither will admit what’s true, / That he’s a sot and she’s a shrew.”

The happy couple:

© 1972 Little, Brown and Company, Inc.

For “You Could Knock Some People Over with a Feather,” about a far-fetched language mix-up.

Staying in Italy, a lady afflicted by a mouse asked the bellboy for a cat (gatto). But, for some reason, the bellboy spoke French, so he brought her a cake (gateau). And here we are:

© 1972 Little, Brown and Company, Inc.

And finally, the back cover:

© 1972 Little, Brown and Company, Inc.

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