G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

W H Auden: "But in my arms till break of day / Let the living creature lie. / Mortal, guilty, but to me/ The entirely beautiful."

Will Self: “To attempt to write seriously is always, I feel, to fail – the disjunction between my beautifully sonorous, accurate and painfully affecting mental content, and the leaden, halting sentences on the page always seems a dreadful falling short. It is this failure – a ceaseless threnody keening through the writing mind – that dominates my working life, just as an overweening sense of not having loved with enough depth or recklessness or tenderness dominates my personal one.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Art Spiegelman: "You know words in a way are hitting you on the left side of your brain, music and visual arts hit on the right side of the brain, so the idea is to pummel you, to send you from left brain to right brain and back until you're as unbalanced as I am."

विलास सारंग: "संदर्भ कुठलेही असोत, संस्कृत, इंग्रजी, बुद्धिवादी, तांत्रिक, इतिहासाचे, खगोलशास्त्राचे, आधुनिक पदार्थविज्ञानाचे, शिवकालीन व पेशवाईतील बखरीचे, अगणित ज्ञानक्षेत्रांचे, अशा वैविध्यपूर्ण ज्ञानावर लेखन- विशेषत: कवितालेखन- उभं राहत."

Saturday, April 06, 2013

That's you, Ed Fisher...and Thanks for Your Right Ideas

I always feel if you are a cartoonist and you die and if you care what happens on the earth afterwards, I hope Bob Mankoff knows both your work and the fact that you are dead because no one can quite pay a tribute to the dead cartoonist the way he does.

Great cartoonist Ed Fisher died  on April 3 2013 at the age eighty-six. Read Mr. Mankoff's pictorial tribute here. (You my pay your own tribute to the late artist here.)

Mr. Fisher has appeared on this blog  a few times earlier. Below are my favourite couple of them from that set:

All of his cartoons gave me endless pleasure when I first discovered them and now when he is gone. 

You can search the blog to view them or better visit cartoonbank.com to see all of his New Yorker contributions.





The New Yorker,  February 12, 1955

Thanks to the TV,  don't we know that very well by now?...People just want to be entertained. Even while watching funerals or kids dropping in tube wells or terrorists invading a country.



The New Yorker, May 7 1960

"Although most men are unaware of the peril, the Y chromosome has been shedding genes furiously over the course of evolutionary time, and it is now a fraction the size of its partner, the X chromosome." (The New York Times, June 2003)



The New Yorker, March 26 1990

Even Omar Khayyam has to bother about ordinary life.



The New Yorker, February 11 1956

Natalie Keener: Men get such hardons from putting their names on things. You guys don't grow up. It's like you need to pee on everything. ('Up in the Air', 2009 film)