that girl, that ball, that quality

I was walking through the early morning, getting my exercise and listening to the most recent episode of¬†Amicus, my first sampling the podcast of the great journalist Dahlia Lithwick, This episode (and it looks like a few episodes in a row before) was focused on the various ways in which Trump is trying to challenge election results (and while a month is not a long time ago, boy, the events of the last couple days sure does make it seem dated!) And in the course of this, I heard Lithwick say “I worry a lot about the Lucy football quality” of certain matters.

The Lucy football quality.

Not even just “pulling the football away”, the whole matter can be summed up as “the Lucy football quality” (somebody should grab that up quickly as a band name) and be understood.

And I’ve said it before and will doubtlessly say again, I dearly want a book that is focused completely and solely on the football gag as a political metaphor. Not just an article, not just a chapter, a whole book. I want its history, to know the first time it was invoked in a speech, in coverage, in a political cartoon. I want commentary by politicians, journalists, and cartoonists on why it works, or how its been abused. And I want as many examples as possible of its use, particularly in editorial cartoons (and there are hundreds to be had.)

And perhaps I’m the only one. But if I can just find another 11,780 people who will buy it, I bet we could get it made.

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The Untouchable Charlie Brown

If you look at this ad, you may be wondering (as I did when I stumbled across it) why Charlie Brown is advertising a television show in 1963… and why, of all shows, he’s advertising¬†The Untouchables. (Or you may be one of the many people now populating the earth too …

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Peanuts First Edition guide

As proud as I am of my Peanuts Book Collectors Guide, it is not the be-all and end-all guide…. and as much as I have visions of making it so, the real life of being a father of two, the runner of a business, a make of dinners, and a …

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Peanuts and the public domain

As you may have seen discussed elsewhere, as of today, the first couple Mickey Mouse cartoons are in the public domain in the United States. That means that people are free to make not just copies of the cartoons, but derivative works based on those cartoons. It doesn’t mean that …