March 09, 2006

A Steig example

Come to think of it, everybody didn't grow up with The New Yorker Album 1925-1950, but I sure did. I can trace all sorts of fundamental bits of Weltanschauung (and probably basic sensayuma) to specific cartoons that I puzzled over for years before I learned/discovered what they were really about. There are great depths, largely unplumbed, in the stratigraphies and ontogeny of humor. William Steig is good and dead, so I don't feel that I'm somehow stealing from him or from the much-beloved New Yorker by putting this one up here. It might inspire a reader to buy the (foolishly DRM'd, but nonetheless utterly indispensable) Complete New Yorker:

I've always been especially charmed by the look on the horse's face.

Posted by oook at March 9, 2006 01:21 PM

Brilliant. Both cartoon and commentary. You have an extraordinary eye for the telling detail.

Just spent ten minutes running down "sensayuma." Finally got it.

When the light bulb shone, I was glad to be alone.
It's not good to be shown so dim but dogged.

Posted by: Gardner at March 14, 2006 08:31 AM