Male anthologies, oh wonder! Some comfort is needed when the world stands on its head (men’s feet on top of women’s heads, again).
Let’s turn to our sexy forebears and get a good laugh out of this yet unpublished cartoon by Tom Hachtman (author of the comics book “Gertrude’s Follies”). Not surprisingly, this cartoon was some time ago refused by the New Yorker. In happy memory of Gertie who loved repeating I am repeating my blog post # 15 with Stein’s 10 comments on the Publishers Weekly debacle:
“Their origin and their history patriarchal poetry their origin and their history patriarchal poetry their origin and their history. …
Patriarchal poetry is the same as Patriotic poetry is the same as patriarchal poetry is the same as Patriotic poetry is the same as patriarchal poetry is the same.
Patriarchal poetry is the same.”
As I said in my comment to the New York Times blog ( http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/25/2010s-best-are-all-men/#preview) all you have to do is replace the keywords in this remarkably lucid quote from Stein’s “Bee Time Vine” with “Publishers Weekly 10 Best Books of 2009″ and “Houghton Harcourt Mifflin’s 2010 Best American series” and you get the rhyme.