I hardly even know where to begin this post. I’ve certainly been thinking about it a long time, but I don’t think I can do the subject matter justice. Perhaps I’m overestimating its importance, but it matters a lot to me: today marks, to the day, the 10th anniversary of the Slope of Hope.
I’ve been reading Technical Analysis magazine for decades, and it seems to me, for that entire time, they’ve had two or three cartoons by a particular chap who – – and I must be blunt here – – seems to possess neither artistic nor comedy skills. I present to you the latest, which I have thoughtfully scanned:
Has anyone in history ever laughed – or even grinned – at these things? And has anyone noticed that not only are the characters drawn always identical, but that when children are required, they are simply drawn as very short adults? I mean, this isn’t important, but after a couple of decades of not laughing, I just had to ask. OK, I’m done.
I was very pleased to hear this story on NPR that a new portrait was just unveiled in the U.S. National Gallery at the Smithsonian: none other than Slope patron saint George Carlin. The image they used is below. I sure wish George was still with us today; he’d have a lot to say to help us see things more clearly.