Fahrenheit 451 is one of my favorite books – in fact it’s the first adult book I read as a teenager and its somber mood and romanticism made a big impression on me. In fact, my memories of that book are so strong that it’s hard for me to imagine a young boy embodying the tragically brain dead character of Mildred Montag, wife of “firefighter” Guy Montag. Even so, I appreciate the reference as part of the annual Frazz storyline in which this precocious student dresses as a character from classic literature.
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“Do I dare to eat a peach?” When T.S. Eliot penned that curious line in 1915, he was referencing the type of crippling alienation that could make a man feel foolish for enjoying one of life’s simple pleasures. Had he written the same line 90 years later, he could very well have referenced the lack of oversight plauging the world’s food supply. I’ve never purchased even a passable peach from a grocery store, although I’ve tried on numerous occasions. The once tasty fruit might not be dangerous in its modern incarnation, but it certainly is dry and flavorless.
Here’s a strip that needs no explanation and would probably suffer dearly from it. That’s the case with gross-out humor: either it works on a visceral level or it doesn’t. Keeping that in mind, the only thing I’ll say about this strip is how much I enjoy the punchline. Not only does it provide a laugh (among other reactions), but it also does a wonderful job of combining high-brow and low-brow language. After all, using the words “inhale” and “booger” in the same sentence is funny regardless of context.
Two things…first of all, this is a child who browses for music exclusively on the Internet, and would never even think of stepping foot in a record store. That’s sad, given that record stores are a perfect place to make unexpected musical discoveries. Secondly, Hot Buttered Soul is readily available from legitimate websites. A search for the title on Amazon.com reveals nothing dirty or illegal, just a quick link to the mp3 download of the classic album.
I don’t think the word “drawers,” meaning underwear, is dated enough to earn the moniker “old school vocabulary.” It would be different if Frazz had referred to “britches,” “skivvies” or “unmentionables” as those terms have been out of favor for generations. But “drawers” is still used by people of all ages. “Ticker,” on the other hand, is not, which is why I found it funny to see a young boy spout the word while clutching his chest in mock agony.