Off Topic - Literary Reprints and Musings

Postby Lord Emsworth on Sun Dec 31, 2000 2:51 am

Well, I was unable to find anything worth analyzing in the most recent strip. However, in the vague hopes of inducing some sort of activity in Mr. Garver's forum, I present the following verses, taken from the works of the late American humorist Don Marquis, best remembered for his columns and poems centering around arcy and mehaitabel. archy was an unfortunate cockroach (actually the reincarnation of a poet), who attempts to type verses and such at night, but is unable to use punctauation or capitals, as he is unable to reach the shift key. <P>Anyway, I hope you find the selection somewhat interesting, Mr. Garver (welcome back, btw, and glad you had a nice Christmas and all), and that anyone else who might conceivably be reading this might possibly derive some modicum of enjoyment from it as well.<P>
<B>the lesson of the moth</B>
(as reprinted in <I>archy and mehitabel</I> by Don Marquis, first edition published in 1927, with wonderful illustrations by George Herriman of "Krazy Kat" fame.)<P><I>i was talking to a moth
the other evening
he was trying to break into
an electric light bulb
and fry himself on the wires<P>why do you fellows
pull this stunt I asked him
because it is the conventional
thing for moths or why
if that had been an uncovered
candle instead of an electric
light bulb you would
now be a small unsightly cinder
have you no sense
plenty of it he answered
but at times we get tired of using it
we get bored with the routine
and crave beauty
and excitement
fire is beautiful
and we know that if we get
too close it will kill us
but what does that matter
it is better to be happy
for a moment
and be burned up with beauty
than to live a long time
and be bored all the while
so we wad all our life up
into one little roll
and then we shoot the roll
that is what life is for
it is better to be a part of beauty
for one instant and than cease to
exist than to exist forever
and never be a part of beauty
our attitude toward life
is come easy go easy
we are like human beings
used to be before they became
too civilized to enjoy themselves

and before i could argue him
out of his philosophy
he went and immolated himself
on a patent cigar lighter
I do not agree with him
Myself I would rather have
Half the happiness and twice
The longevity

but at the same time I wish
there was something I wanted
as badly as he wanted to fry himself
archy </I><P>
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Postby CJGarver on Wed Jan 03, 2001 8:31 am

Please, Lord E, you know darn well there has to be a topic before you can go off it. Interesting stuff, though. I really wish I had a comment on the actual work; it was an intruiging read. Don't really know what my preference is, probably more Archy's view of the matter. Re-incarnation of a poet as a roach, eh? Reminds me of the end of Dave Barry's article on insect intelligence:<P><i>"In conclusion, we see that the issue of insect intelligence is not as simple as we thought it was before we started to think about it. So the next time a mosquito lands on our arm, and we are tempted to whack it, we should pause and remind ourselves that the mosquito is a thinking being just like us; and that, with the proper training and encouragement, it might be able not only to count and run mazes, but perhaps also to laugh, to sing, to philosophize, even to write poetry.
And then we would whack it. Because we hate poetry."</i><P> <IMG SRC=""><P>And don't worry so much about inducing activity on the forum; if it happens, it happens. Not that that should stop you from posting, of course. <IMG SRC=""><P><a href="">CJ</a>
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Postby Lord Emsworth on Tue Jan 09, 2001 8:12 am

Now, I'm glad you found it somewhat interesting. I'd typed it out one day when in a rather odd mood. Good news, I suppose, that you'll be updating thrice weekly, for awhile at least (though I cannot help but marvel at your reasons for doing so.) <P>Nothing else to add at this time, really (except I recently rented <I>West Side Story[</I>, and briefly pictured Rita Morena battling with John Astin amidst the skycrapers.) Well, farewell for now.<P> <P>
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Postby CJGarver on Wed Jan 10, 2001 7:51 am

You mean to say I had a REASON for switching over?!?!<P>Actually, there was a reason, but it's basically the same reason that drives most of the decisions I make: "I felt like it at the time." Sometimes it's like a game my past self plays with my future self, seeing how much it can screw future me over without inspiring future me to build a time machine and kill past me off, thereby creating a paradox and ending the existence of the universe. Sure as heck beats Monopoly!<P>Ah, good ol' West Side Story. Here's another little story from my high school's performance. I was in the show along with my second cousin once removed ... or maybe it was first cousin twice removed ... well, whatever. The point is, both our last names were Garver. He was a Jet (Baby John, I think), and I was a Shark. At that point I had sort of gained a reputation for knowing everybody else's lines, which wasn't too difficult, considering I had none of my own. So we get to the war council scene in rehearsal, and Riff and Bernardo are naming off weapons. Bernardo forgets what comes next, and turns around and prompts me to help him by saying "Garver?". Riff quickly agrees. This leads to some confusion until it is realized that using the Garvers as a weapon during the rumble is probably the best possible solution; both gangs have one, and unlike bricks and chains, Garvers are expendable. <IMG SRC=""><P>CJ
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