From Harper’s, we have the encouraging news that the impending poetry bailout will restore the confidence of readers.
Cultural leaders have come together to announce a massive poetry buyout: leveraged and unsecured poems, poetry derivatives, delinquent poems, and subprime poems will be removed from circulation in the biggest poetry bailout since the Victorian era. We believe the plan is a comprehensive approach to relieving the stresses on our literary institutions and markets.
Let there be no mistake: the fundamentals of our poetry are sound. The problem is not poetry but poems. The crisis has been precipitated by the escalation of poetry debt—poems that circulate in the market at an economic loss due to their difficulty, incompetence, or irrelevance.
I propose a category theory bailout next.
Along something of the same lines as Nietzche Family Circus, here’s Garfield Minus Garfield — a comic strip obtained by taking an ordinary Garfield strip and airbrushing Garfield the cat completely out of it. Or, as the site itself describes it:
Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life? Friends, meet Jon Arbuckle. Let’s laugh and learn with him on a journey deep into the tortured mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness in a quiet American suburb.
I have to admit, that’s pretty brilliant stuff. Jim Davis likes it too.
[h/t incarnatus est]
Maria at Teaching College Math Technology Blog has the scoop. The comparison between manipulatives and sex toys is particularly, er, interesting.
This graphic is eerily on-target. Although if you need a flowchart for this sort of thing, I worry about you.