MAD Magazine was the reason I learned to read early. It was a huge influence on my sense of humor growing up. It’s why I still believe nothing in life is too sacred to satirize.
Al Feldstein died last Tuesday. He was the editor of
Magazine from 1956-1985 and I confess, in that capacity he totally shaped my world view. I was addicted to
. I was lucky that my uncle ran a small bookstore so I was always flush with the magazine from its very beginnings. I couldn’t get enough of its irreverent, sarcastic, smart-alecky take on the world. There was nothing sacred in its pages. Everything was fair game– from politics to Madison Avenue advertising, from popular culture to Wall Street, MAD took a swipe at it all. Its loads of marginalia also supported close reading.
And it was Al Feldstein who created the environment of out of the box thinking that allowed this creativity to thrive. Born in Brooklyn in 1925, he attended the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan. He received a scholarship to the Art Students League and attended Brooklyn…
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I just read about Harper Lee suing to have the copyright and royalties on “To Kill a Mockingbird” restored to her. She’s 87, dwells in an assisted-living facility, can’t see or hear well, and admits to “memory problems”. Since I don’t know Miz Lee and am not a lawyer, of course I can’t resist stubbornly trying to read between the lines of this news story. That’s my specialty, in case you hadn’t noticed. Continue reading
It was time to shake up my routine. I decided to take a half-day off to do fun, unusual things my wife would also enjoy. We began by arriving for the Grand Opening ceremony of our little town’s Farmers Market. All the newspaper said was “9am Goat Parade” Continue reading
(The best Robin Hood in movies was Errol Flynn’s, performed in 1938.)
I grew up loving stories about Robin Hood. Were these tales based on the exploits of a real outlaw? There might have been a number of Robin Hoods in the original region, including some women. It’s an open question if he really lived or not, but what an inspiring symbol. Continue reading
Obsession likability paranoia.
Kibble-reinforced, bio-degradable op-ed. Continue reading