Sunday, April 22, 2012

Now Here's My Plan

Prior to Alastair Hunt's guest blogging, let me add this bit...
Shel Silverstein, a political cartoonist, developed a wonderful concept in the 1960s. He depicted hopeless situations and place amid this futility an inspirational hope. Such hope would be something outside of what the reader could see but what we would, well, hope for and imagine and want--a line of flight, an escape from bondage. Here is what Shel says about this collection of images according to biographer Lisa Rogak:

The cartoon on the cover that provides the book's title would turn out to be one of his most famous and often-cited cartoons. In the cartoon, two prisoners are chained to the wall of a prison cell. Both their hands and feet are shackled. One says to the other, "Now here's my plan." Silverstein was both fascinated and distressed by the amount of analysis and commentary that almost immediately began to swirl around the cartoon. "A lot of people said it was a very pessimistic cartoon, which I don't think it is at all," he said. "There's a lot of hope even in a hopeless situation. They analyze it and question it. I did this cartoon because I had an idea about a funny situation about two guys."

Shackled, the animal revolution will not surrender. Now, here's my plan...

Saturday, April 7, 2012

next up to bat: Guest Blogger

I'm pleased to have Alastair Hunt guest blog for the coming month. Alastair is an assistant professor at Portland State University where he teaches on Romanticism and critical theory. His work on biopolitics is some of the most foremost thinking in the field. We welcome Comrade Hunt as an animal revolutionary. Onward!