Further Freaky Fables
Handelsman, J. B
J.B. Handelsman is at it again with more cartoon strips that originally appeared in Punch. This full-size paperback of 64 pages again covers a wide range of literature and history, like the two previous collections of his cartoons, listed here under 1979 and 1984. Two fables make up Page 49. The Hedgehog moralizes Married hedgehogs are unscrupulous. The Nightingale reverses Juno and the Peacock. The nightingale asks Juno to give her garish plumage and a sort of hail-fellow-well-met verbal facility. No deal. When she sings her beautiful music, the peacock asks her to cut the racket. Moral: You can probably make a sow's ear out of a silk purse. But please don't. The Trojans (8) is a must-read the next time I teach the Aeneid. Antonio and Wolfgang moralizes Not everybody can be a genius, but everybody can assassinate one (33). Jason and Medea (52) is another treat. Good fun!