“A painting. Moving. Spiritually enriching. Sublime. ‘High’ art! The comic strip. Vapid. Juvenile. Commercial hack work. ‘Low’ art. A painting of a comic strip panel. Sophisticated irony. Philosophically challenging. ‘High’ art.”
“Suppose I draw a cartoon of a painting of a comic strip?”
“Sophomoric, intellectually sterile. ‘Low’ art.”
– Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes
While my opinion of having children in the near future is well known, J. and I do like to theorize on it. And occasionally I do something that I find completely baffling: I nest.
Not in the physical sense, in the intellectual. See, I have it in my head that there are certain things I was exposed to growing up (mostly books and movies) that I found absolutely necessary to my happiness and that influenced me profoundly. And therefore they will naturally be necessary to my children as well. No discussion permitted.
And so, every once and a while, when no one is looking, when I run across one of these Necessary Items For My Future Spawn on sale, I snatch it up.
Luckily J. understands because one of the things that I think is absolutely necessary is quality cartoons. None of your Spongebob Squarepants inanities and annoying Scrappy Doos, if you please. Which is why he’s slowly building my collection of classic Bugs Bunny cartoons! Behold one of my birthday presents! Looney Tunes – Golden Collection, Volume Three
Future spawn be darned, I watch these during Saturday morning chores!