Thursday, May 21, 2009


I've been looking at a few old issues of The Beano, a weekly British comic book that's been running since 1938 (which most Americans have never heard of).

Anyway, the bizarre thing about the comic is one of the regular features, Dennis the Menace. It's NOT the Dennis the Menace we Americans know. So you think, maybe someone ripped somebody's idea off. But get this: the two characters debuted independently (i.e. unrelated creators) in their respective countries just 3 days apart. Hella weird.

Anyway, Britsh comics and advertisements are different.

And this is a great quote I haven't thought of in years but which came back to me yesterday:

"If you want to be successful in life, everything you do must be an act of patricide. You must always kill the father. Every song you sing, every sentence you write, every leaf you rake must kill the father. Every act from the most august to the most banal must be patricidal if you hope to live freely and unencumbered. Even when shaving— each whisker you shave off is your father's head. And if you're using a twin blade—the first blade cuts off the father's head and as the father's neck snaps back it's cleanly lopped off by the second blade."

--from “My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist”, by Mark Leyner

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Blogger Roshan said...

howard bloom became a world famous literary theorist basically because of that idea (creative acts = killing the father) anyway, that guy's a jerk.

1:43 AM  
Blogger Cutup said...

I think you mean harold bloom.

I like the quote because (for me) it doesn't mean anything Freudian or anything like that but that to create you must go beyond what has come before, often ignoring or discarding it altogether.

And of course the bizarre image of the twin-blade razor.

4:43 AM  
Blogger John said...

Where the eff (emphasis on eff, a la italicized) you at, son?

1:14 PM  
Blogger Cutup said...

apologies, j-dog, I've been busy wrapping up my korea life etc. sorry to disappoint all my readers (i.e. you). I told you I'd be in ghost ship mode!!!!!#@#

Regular blogging will probably resume soon. next week is my last of work.

9:33 PM  

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