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.”

Shel Silverstein : “Talked my head off Worked my tail off Cried my eyes out Walked my feet off Sang my heart out So you see, There’s really not much left of me.” ~

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

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."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Sunday, January 08, 2017

...Not With Topless Chorus Girls but Polar Bear & Her OffSpring... Peter Arno @113

Today January 8 2017 is 113th birth anniversary of great Peter Arno

(By the way, the late Vasant Sarwate वसंत सरवटे told me how Arno was one of his favorites and that he had a book containing Arno's cartoons which he had bought when he was a student of College of Engineering, Pune)

T. S. Eliot:
"This is the way the world ends. This is the way the world ends. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper"


Graham Greene:
“When we are young, we are a jungle of complications. We simplify as we get older.” (“The Quiet American”)
 



Peter Arno and a model in his dining-room studio, 1949

Photographer:  Stanley Kubrick for Look Magazine 

Courtesy: Photograph Collection, Library of Congress. 

Artist: Peter Arno, The New Yorker, February 15 1941

 Ben Schwartz, Vanity Fair, April 2016
 "...Arno’s mother died on January 31, 1968, at age 87. Arno died three weeks later, on February 22, at age 64. Reporters called Pat Arno, asking for an anecdote or two about her famous father. She simply replied, “None are repeatable.” Arno’s last cover for The New Yorker appeared in June, a polar bear and its cub in the zoo, parent and child, peacefully rubbing noses, a polar bear’s kiss for its offspring—a lifetime away from top hats and nightclubs."

Artist: Peter Arno, The New Yorker, June 1968


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