April 07, 2002

Via Gary Farber's Amygdala (which you should read because of his ability to combine sharp punditry and obscure National Lampoon references), a link to Brad Leithauser's New York Review of Books article "Lyrics in the Swamp," about the use of language and dialect in Pogo, perhaps* the greatest comic strip of all time.

*My opinion on this incredibly important subject changes pretty regularly, though I've narrowed it down to three choices: Pogo, Peanuts, and Doonesbury. I'm generally inclined to go with Pogo because its 1950's period was so superlative, though I haven't had much interest in much of what Kelly did afterwards.
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