Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tenants, have you heard...?

Hello Kitty is not a cat.

I repeat the blasphemy: Hello Kitty is not a cat.

I know: what?!

I too am upset.

The ever-alert Rosemary Hathaway broke the "shocking" news to me this morning, first thing, at 7:37, via text.

Then savvy newcomer Julia Daniel sent me another link this afternoon ("Saw this and thought of you").

Quite frankly, I do not believe it. Kitty has whiskers! I mean, aren't those whiskers??

And, no offense to little girls, but I would NEVER carry a lunch box with a picture of a little girl on it. Just sayin'.

I suppose all you lit. crit. types can continue to analyze Kitty as a text. Hardly matters if she's a cat or a girl. But it isn't as interesting, is it?

So what if Hello Kitty has a cat of her own (Charmmy Kitty)? What does that prove? It's not uncommon for one cat to have another (less powerful) cat as an assistant/apprentice.

Oh, and, turns out, she can play the piano, fyi. But, again, so what? Lots of cats can play the piano as well as a little girl can (or most adults).

I'll close by saying that, just by coincidence, I'm eating a Hello Kitty sugar cookie (thank you, Amanda Tustin!) that most definitely looks like the face of a cat, as any little girl would tell you.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Postcards from the Interns

Our Humanities Summer Interns, Kayla McKinney and Allyson DeMaagd, have been hard at work collecting images for Julia Daniel's new book on landscape and modern American poetry. Here are some postcards from their more exotic locations. Who knew archival research could be so adventuresome?