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Andy Singer’s Artful Juxtapositions

“Whether arguments command assent or not depends less upon the logic that conveys them than upon the climate of opinion in which they are sustained.”

Carl Becker, 1938

Cartoons often show up the normalisation of the absurd in our culture best, and hopefully help precipitate the kind of ‘climate change’ we do need. Andy Singer is one of my favourites.




8 comments on “Andy Singer’s Artful Juxtapositions

  1. homeyra
    12 December, 2006

    Great cartoons PPGG:) and Mr. Becker is absolutely right.

  2. Bluebear2
    12 December, 2006

    Good Stuff.
    The first one is so California.

  3. kilroy
    12 December, 2006

    Very nice music. Goes well with coffee in the morning or milk at night.

    For us multi-window users playing music in the other windows, you might consider putting the mute control in a prominent position. I’m struggling with the on / off at start paradigm on Ressentiment too. On the one hand, you want people to know about it and create the feeling. On the other hand you don’t know which other channels people are enjoying. One another hand … I have so many hands.

    I love sonific. They have a great collection of Folk music. I’ve been craving folks songs. They seem to be the thing for the protest spirit.

    Try this one.

    Deleted all my cookies. Seems to have solved problem with logging in.

  4. Curtis
    13 December, 2006

    I am liking this Mr. Singer more and more.
    Also, thanks for your thoughtful response re McKinney and those of us who can’t jump. ;-)

  5. peoplesgeography
    13 December, 2006

    LOL Thanks guys. Curt-meister, Andy Singer is quite a gem, and thanks for the laugh re you pale-skinned Y-chromosome people ;)

    He sure has captured California with the first cartoon, BlueBear, I’ll have to check to see whether he’s another fine resident of your state.

    I’m loving your new moniker, Kilroy, and thanks for the feedback and music tip. I’ll turn it off by default, may help quicken the page loading too. You’ve featured Sonific at your site nicely, glad they have a decent folk collection.

    Its now another reason to look forward to visiting your pages to see if/ what music you may feature. Will probably change mine every few days; I found this Don Giovanni piece relaxing amid my current crazy work period – have a self-imposed Dec 31 writing deadline for my current chapter.

    Homeyra, good to have someone appreciate great quotes as much as I do. Because you noticed, I restored the quotes from Aldous Huxley et. al. on the side-bar. Huxley’s is such a wise injunction I find I seldom live up to, but its good to aspire towards and have there as a reminder.

  6. kilroy
    13 December, 2006

    Sounds to me like you’re been using writing to avoid blogging. Or is it the other way round?

    I stop in here several times a day forgetting that you’re sleeping when I’m looking for something interesting to read. I can’t wait to see what you post next. Your posts are always thought provoking and humanizing.

    Here’s a little anthropomorphic guilt trip for ya. One of my friends did a paper on birds who stay north in the winter rather than fly south. The behavior of birds is modified by the large numbers of people who put out feeders, and nature balances very carefully how many birds win their gambit and find enough food to survive the winter based on their summer time projections. Many people close up their houses when they themselves fly south, leaving the birds without anyone to load the feeders in their time of greatest need.

    The moral of the story: everything we do impacts everything else. So – like – when you’re not blogging, your community has to survive or not till you get back!


    I’m a mean un I swear ta gawd! Not really, I’m just fresh outta stuff to make you laugh. ;)

  7. peoplesgeography
    13 December, 2006

    Thanks Kilroy, you’re too generous but compliment appreciated. I also have to remind myself of the fact we’re in a global village; in much of the Northern Hemisphere its the day before and a different season and people are sleeping when I’m at work, and all that. And in Australia, its summer during Christmas. Having never had a white Christmas, I imagine it’d be quite a novelty.

    I’ve got your site on feed now, obviates having to keep checking in. I know with your myriad interests you’ll get by just fine in the in-between posts period ;) But its nice to know we are a community reading one another’s material. Back to the writing (or blog avoiding as you put it so memorably ;) ) — might be away for a bit, but I hesitate to say so because I usually end up posting anyway!

    Thanks to you, I’m all the wiser about the Kilroy was here legend. The post is suitably dedicated to you.

  8. Lauren
    7 May, 2007

    Andy Singer’s cartoons are the coolest. Andy Singer is even cooler himself. I should know he married my sister.

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This entry was posted on 11 December, 2006 by in Cartoonists, Cities, Corp-watch, Culture, Poetry, Public Transport, Quotes, Urban geography.

Timely Reminders

"Those who crusade, not for God in themselves, but against the devil in others, never succeed in making the world better, but leave it either as it was, or sometimes perceptibly worse than what it was, before the crusade began. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to create occasions for evil to manifest itself."
-- Aldous Huxley

"The only war that matters is the war against the imagination. All others are subsumed by it."
-- Diane DiPrima, "Rant", from Pieces of a Song.

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to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
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