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Errantry: Novak's Journal
...Words to cast/My feelings into sculpted thoughts/To make some wisdom last
Personal: Berkeley Breathed Is Responsible For Everything I've Ever Said or Done Wrong in my Life. 
17th-Jun-2008 07:54 pm
Bloom County
A sudden impulse the other day had me looking around for my Bloom County books. No luck. Moderate panic. I could hardly misplace my bookcases, and the books were clearly not there. It took me 24 hours of searching (well, searching conducted sporadically over 24 hours) before they turned up in a milk crate stuck in a corner, surrounded by course files.

Read a bit of Toons For Our Times before going to bed that night, enjoying the flashbacks to old political and cultural situations. It's funny and weird and wonderful, all rolled up in one, to revisit something like that after a long time and to realize or remember what a huge role it had in creating my sense of humour, possibly more than another of the other stuff I paid attention to, like Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Young Ones, or Mom. It certainly reinforced my willingness to say something daring or inappropriate, but that went right to the heart of the matter, if only people would admit it: I think Bloom County was the 1980s version of Socrates in our society, in that way. Certainly the hold it had over my circle of friends was incalculable. Anyway, looking back and trying to understand myself or my education, it was interesting to realize that I'd made a huge mistake in leaving this out of the equation....
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18th-Jun-2008 11:43 am (UTC)
Bloom County and Far Side were the two comics of my childhood. I think they (along with my dad) are largely responsible for the development of my sense of humor. My family was at the beach in Delaware the day that the final Sunday strip was published, and I still have it in a box somewhere at my parents' house, along with all the collections.
18th-Jun-2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
See? There was a reason I always loved you. I mean, that, and the sexy blue hair.

18th-Jun-2008 02:34 pm (UTC) - You're Bloomin Right
I miss ya man. Life in the Northwoods needs Bill the Cat and Opus. I've got to mind mine if I still have them. Hope you are well,

tim
19th-Jun-2008 08:52 am (UTC) - Re: You're Bloomin Right
Hey, Tim – I've been thinking of and missing you of late, too: what happened in December? Anyway, I've been thinking that a bus or train or whatever up in your direction might be in order. I suppose Duluth is the jumping-off point?
19th-Jun-2008 12:46 pm (UTC) - Re: You're Bloomin Right
If you'd like to come in Summer, lets figure something out.

tim
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