Reflections on a Vocational Happenstance
"Laughter is an instant vacation." - Milton Berle
Sometimes I get to regretting what I miss out on by knitting so much.
For instance, my husband subscribes to The New Yorker magazine, receiving the print version by mail each week. The trouble with that magazine is its density. I find it difficult to dip a toe in without wanting to fully immerse and read cover-to-cover.
So my husband cherry-picks a few things each week to call to my attention. Sometimes a short story, but more often a cartoon. I have saved a few of these, taping them to the wall in my workroom or tacking them up on bulletin boards. They are too good to wind up in the recycling bin. And sometimes I just need a laugh.
Of course these days The New Yorker is available online, and there is a Facebook page devoted specifically to the cartoons, which I do follow. But there is something about coming across a cartoon in the printed pages of the magazine that is a better experience than scrolling through archives at will. The serendipity, I think, makes it more fun.
Recently an HBO film, "Very Semi-Serious: an Offbeat Documentary about Humor, Art, and the Genius of The New Yorker Cartoon" revealed the editorial/curatorial process that determines which cartoons appear in the magazine. Happily, this behind-the-scenes look did nothing but enhance our appreciation for the visual jokes we enjoy each week.
Even the gentle art of knitting has taken a ribbing over the years. (No pun intended.)
Here are four of my favorite examples: