February 3, 2018

Thy weekend come, thy blog be done


“Freedom of Speech” by Norman Rockwell, born 124 years ago today.

Great news, people: February is at long last upon us. If you’re reading this, it means you’ve officially gotten over the first thirty-one little humps of 2018. Congrats!

And now it’s Saturday (ooh! ooh!) and we, as is our wont, are thinking back over the week that’s been — the dizzying highs, the dazzling lows, the soft, creamy middles. Come, friend, and let us walk back together:

We were also delighted to publish:

Rockwell’s cover to the May 20, 1943 issue of the Saturday Evening Post, with his drawing of Rosie the Riveter

As ever, there were a couple stories we just didn’t have time for:

We published one book this week:

(That one’s a doozy, by the way, as you can learn by reading this excerpt, or checking out Katie Kitamura’s front-page review in this week’s New York Times Book Review.)

And finally: it’s Saturday morning, that mythical time when cartoons reign supreme. Today’s is a treat, one of the first cartoons ever made. Gertie the Dinosaur was originally a part of animator Winsor McCay’s vaudeville act — McCay would issue commands to the impish dino, and she, demurely, would comply. When the act grew too successful, McCay’s boss, the notorious William Randolph Hearst, pulled the plug, prompting him to create a short film introduction to the animation so it would make sense without the live theatrical component.

It’s beautiful, historic, and cute as hell. Enjoy.

Take good care, eat your broccoli, and we’ll see you right back here first thing Monday. Oh, yeah, and here’s one more Rockwell before we go:

“Russian Schoolroom,” Norman Rockwell