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Rothko, Grant Wood, and so many more:  Great Art in Ugly Rooms.  (C.f. also, Great Video in Ugly Rooms)

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As we wonder if, in fact, context is all, we might recall that it was on this date in 1953 that the musical fantasy film The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T was released. The only film ever written by Theodor Geisel (better known, of course, as Dr. Seuss), it was an early disappointment: several attendees of the Hollywood premiere walked out after 15 minutes, and box-office receipts were sparse.  But in the years since, Dr. T has grown in both critical and popular estimation.  (Your correspondent admits to loving it.)  It is, in any case, surely the only children’s film that could comfortably be co-programmed with the work of David Lynch or Roman Polanski.

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Written by LW

June 19, 2013 at 1:01 am

The internship of Dr. Seuss…

Readers will know that Theodor Seuss Geisel, AKA “Dr. Seuss,” worked in other forms than the books for which he was most famous– readers will remember his (in both senses of the word) fabulous The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, and pre-blog readers will recall his work as an editorial cartoonist during World War II.

But readers may be surprised, as your correspondent was, to learn that, two years before he published his first book, And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street!, Dr. Seuss authored a comic strip:

Hejji, which ran for under a year in 1935, told the story of a traveler who found himself in the strange land of Baako, a mountaintop country that’s equal parts Tibet, the Middle East, and Whoville…  Heijji’s adventures prefigure several of the good Dr.’s classics-to-come– and delight in their own right.  Explore them further in Chris Sim’s lovely tribute at ComicsAlliance.

As we rethink our position on green eggs and ham, we might recall that it was on this date in 1978 that California voters approved Proposition 13, rolling back property taxes to 1975 levels and capping increases to a 2% inflation factor.  Since then California public schools, which had been ranked among the nation’s best, have declined to 48th (in surveys of student achievement).

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