Thursday, September 17, 2009

Dia de los Muertos, made hot by a Texan.

Surrealism makes people smarter. One point for me.

Apparently it's true, according to this fantastic psychology finding. Basically what it comes down to is this: shit that doesn't make sense forces us to think harder. Oh, and the bald soprano always wears her hair in the same style.

The article mentions Franz Kafka and David Lynch in particular. The drawing of Kafka above is by R. Crumb. He illustrated Introducing Kafka, a fact that makes the book alone worth while.
And below, a statue of him from Prague, Czech (his old digs).

Friday, September 11, 2009

Two comics, made so much better

First we have Nietzsche Family Circus. By that I mean clips from the comic with randomized Nietzsche quotes such as "Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings, always darker, emptier, simpler." I am sure I would enjoy the site a lot more if I had ever actually been a fan of Family Circus, but still, it's very cute.

My absolute favorite though is Garfield minus Garfield, which is exactly that. The original comics, with Garfield erased.

People have told me about this for years, but I never realized how well the comics actually read this way.

It almost makes me wonder what Garfield was doing in those panels to begin with.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Memento mori madness

The relationship between humans and death has always been weird and amusing, but I find this especially surprising. It's a series of photographs not only taken after the person is dead, but taken with the deceased persons posed as if not dead.

Graffiti to read while hanging.

Much like the woman who found this gem, I too wish I had thought of it.