Sunday, November 19, 2006


Slated For Destruction

I'm reading at Powell's tomorrow night for the book Presidential Doodles.

Among the outtakes I'll have with me is a September 26 1918 editorial by the Clearfield Progress (PA) exhorting children and shopkeepers to doodle on slates instead of paper -- the better to save bleach and india ink to Macgyver them into, um, bombs or something. Go ahead and laugh, but Bulgaria surrendered to the Allies just days later.

Coincidence? I think not!

This reminds me of a surreal war-drive poster I used to pass every day when I lived in Iowa City; by happy coincidence it hung in the window of an antique store across from John's Grocery:

To quote one cooking explosives authority... BAM!

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