We recently noted two days in a row that it might be good to take half an hour or so each day to reflect; hinting that there is general tendency to not allot enough daily time for reading, for important ideas, etc.. Of course, sometimes when one reads such a thought, in hindsight it can sound heavy and dull and self-important and, well, probably boring.
Cheer up. The cartoon editor of the New Yorker insists on it, and he is good at getting his way:
I just finished a fascinating blog post by Joshua Rothman called “What College Can’t Do.” There are so many insightful points in the essay that it wouldn’t make sense for me to cite just a quote or two.That wouldn’t do the piece justice. So I’ve decided to quote the whole damn thing instead. What follows is all Rothman except… well, I’ll let you figure that out.
Please, do yourself a favor in the interest of laughter and read the whole post here. We have studiously avoided ever reprinting cartoons from the magazine, even though we link to their website on a weekly basis, at minimum. We will not change our policy of letting the magazine and its website monetize the value of their cartoons the old fashioned way, through direct visitation; but if you make it to the end of Mankoff’s post, you will not regret an extra couple minutes of diversion:
And here is a post-essay graduation gift: a “College Years” cartoon slide show.