Hmm, I thought. Maybe there are no green eggs and ham. I knew that wasn’t right so I thought a Dr. Suess-like photograph might help.
I’m sure that by now you are all aware of the controversy cause by Theodore Geisel’s estate removing six of his books from publication.
No. This is not part of the so-called cancel culture. So-called because it’s nonsense as far as I’m concerned. Closing out some books cannot be part of the cancel culture because the estate themselves did it. I don’t think you can cancel yourself, although on some days I’d like to try.
More to the point, who the hell set up a bunch of blathering idiots on social media as judge and juror? Most of the loudmouths on any social site are lucky they can walk and talk.
Of course, the six books should have been pulled from publication. They are racist on their very surface whether or not they were intended to be.
New York Times Columnist Charles Blow said this is a good first step since the estate did themselves, but he recalls growing up as a Black child that he was always made to feel inferior.
I think the world of Mr. Blow. He’s kind of the angry Black man among NYT columnists. That’s good. We need to hear his side.
Here’s the dirty little secret. Those six books were among the worst sellers in the entire franchise. If they were not Dr. Suess books they would have been remaindered and discontinued long ago. It’s really a matter of clearing out the fulfillment house.
That’s the story from the left hand column.
What a glorious mess.
I thought, after thinking about an illustration for this post, that I would make a Cat in the Hat tree.
I combined two images of winter trees. I layered them so that they almost appear to be one. I added a bit of color.
I smoothed the background, as I’ve been doing lately, and I sharpened the branches to the point where they glowed.
Then, I softened the whole thing slightly.
That’s it. Just a few 5,917 steps to get to this illustration.
It looks a little Suess-like I think.
Stay safe. Stay mighty. Keep doing all the rest no matter what some state governments think because we are going to pay for that. Enjoy all the Dr. Suess books you can read.