Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Points in Favor of and Against the Common Sawhorse

You should already know, really, but here is a sawhorse:


In favor:
On one hand, it’s remarkably quaint that we speak about this thing like it’s any kind of horse. It’s a holdover, I guess, from a time when people encountered horses on a daily basis, and I wonder if there’s something deeply rooted in the way we think that we see something that has four legs, more or less, and that’s used for work and say “ooh, horse!”
Against:
Why doesn’t the horse have a head? WHY DOESN’T THE HORSE HAVE A HEAD? WHY DOESN’T THE HORSE HAVE A HEAD?

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    1. Is that... from Little Nemo?

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    2. From the Oz books, actually.

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    3. Ah. Looked a little Windsor McCay-y. But I should have guessed, right?

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    4. Baum DID propose McCay as an illustrator for the Oz books, although it never happened.

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