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Doonesbury has found a way to say the unsayable. Listening to the coverage this morning, (because I was driving and my radio's always on NPR) I heard Paul Simon substitute "Sounds of Silence" for the programmed "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Those words from my childhood took on, in this context, a meaning that, to me, invoked a Chomskyan view of the events of 9/11. I wonder -- was Simon also saying the un-sayable? Or was it only that, at pushing 70, he found the difficult "Bridge" to be un-singable? Doonesbury is often ambiguous, but not this time. Thank you.
I have been reading the strip for over 40 years, and have never had the impulse to write an email of this type during my 60 years on the planet. Today's 9/11 piece may be the best work you have ever done. Tomorrow I will go to work and try to approach your achievement.
Oh, thank you for your 9/11 strip. I so agree. Not only does all the coverage make us feel terrible, it likely makes al-Qaeda feel happy and triumphant all over again.
Re. 9/11 coverage: GBT, you nailed it. Thank you!
Thank you for the Sunday strip's point of view. I do feel the same way, though I was so moved and did listen to the Times' audio tapes of the early events through the air traffic system. Thank you, thank you.
Thank you, Mr. Trudeau. As a survivor of 9/11, I'd say you hit the nail on the head for how I and most of the other survivors probably feel right about now.
Thanks, Garry, from someone in B.D.'s second category. Nuff said.
I'm sorry for B.D. (and America). I'd say something, but this level of grief doesn't want to hear anything that makes sense.
Here's another one who cares. Happy birthday, B.D. You're one of my favorite Doonesbury characters. Sorry it's a belated wish.
For several months i have wondered what kind of strip you would run on this day. I knew it would be something special, but you completely exceeded yourself. The first three panels captured it all, and B.D.'s simple request -- as short as those two sentences were -- made every other comment redundant. Keep up your good work.
B.D. is one year older. Nobody cares but me. Happy birthday, B.D.
Uh oh, I hope Becca doesn't lose her job over this. Books (and bookstores) are getting rare, good editing jobs even more so. I hope leaking the Palin book was her plan all along.
Egad, Jeff's messing up big time, one more time. And like someone else said, he could at least have messed up by giving the Rogue galley to his dad instead of Hedley. But nooooo. So when I see him going down the same old road again, I get this feeling in the pit of my stomach like I want to reach into the strip and -- shake the boy silly! Then I remind myself these are not real people. They're drawings by a guy named Trudeau. But I wouldn't mind bumping into B.D. in a supermarket somewhere. He's become a real three-dimensional person, with shortcomings and humanity. Whoodathunk it?
EGAD raises an interesting point. Imagine if Jeff had brought the book home to Rick. Imagine Rick weighing what's left of his career on the one hand, and selling his son down the river on the other.
Besides eating the donut between panels one and three, he also slipped the serviette from under his coffee across the table and under Roland's coffee. Red Rascal really is a master spy. It's not just a fantasy.
Oh, Jeff... I now recognize as prophetic an old strip (mid-80s, immediately post-sabbatical, as I recall) where Jeff is a baby and Rick is chronicling the joys of fatherhood in the wee hours of the morning and notes: "I diaper his head."
Hmmm. I am not the cynical type, but editors like Becca Bickle are known for paying attention to detail. I have a hard time believing she messed up with the wrong galley proofs. Did she intentionally give the McGinniss book to Jeff thinking he might get it some free press?
In one strip, GBT has explained everything that is pathologically flawed and sickening in America. Baby Boomers like RH, who'll stab anyone in the back to get ahead -- and have done so for decades. Obviously, the publisher will be furious, obviously RH is throwing Jeff the Idiot to the wolves. And RH knows it. And in RH's sick calculus, hey, them's the breaks. One can almost hear him shouting "Hey, I was only following orders. If I didn't take advantage of the kid, someone else woulda! I'm not a bad person! He was asking for it!" Jeff Redfern shows us the morally empty result of so many BBer experiments in producing children. The kid doesn't even have the brains to simply default to, "Someone made a mistake. The correct behavior is to call them up and point it out. Why is it correct? Because that's what I'd be hoping someone would do if the roles were reversed." The two deserve each other.
Wow. If Jeff is swindled by Roland that would be a new low.
Another of your correspondents recently wrote "Doonesbury is a staple of citizenship in America", and I just have to say how much that resonates. In our increasingly fragmented society, Doonesbury also remains among the few shared experiences that millions can relate to. I am sure many of us readers can share memories of long-ago story lines, even specific panels. I remember exactly where I was when I first encountered the wordless panel of B.D. reflecting on the fall of Saigon. Boopsie's "Whew!" when Sam responded to news of B.D.'s injury with "Daddy's coming home!" will, I expect, stay with me for the rest of my life. I'll bet I'm not alone on either count. And I wanted to join the chorus of Becca Bickle fans! Becca seems to be one of the most promising and popular new characters since Toggle.