Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Krazy Kat was right
Yo, cats and catted ones! Darcy here.
Let me tell you, I can't believe I've been gone so long. That feline spa I checked into was sure relaxing.
What got me to come home is reading about the new edition of Krazy Kat comics over at Fantagraphics. Krazy Kat, if you ask me, was some smart cat, a cat after my own heart.
There's some confusion about whether Krazy Kat was male or female. The poet e e cummings wrote a famous essay to introduce an earlier edition of Krazy Kat, in which he assumed that Krazy Kat was female--maybe because Krazy kept getting bopped on the head by Ignatz Mouse. But the Kat's creator, George Herriman, referred to Krazy as both he and she, and many times the other characters seemed genuinely confused about Krazy's gender. Krazy said once:
If Krazy were living today, s/he would have done what I did: marry both a man and a woman.
Some humans have either complained about or praised the fact that Krazy Kat's plots kept repeating themselves. It's always Krazy in love with Ignatz, who ignores and abuses him/her. Then Offisa Pupp (yeah, there's a dog here) arrests Ignatz. The way I see it,
repetition is the soul of art.
Krazy Kat is whoever s/he wants to be. S/he is infinite, always remaking him/herself. And who else but Krazy Kat could ask the ultimate question: "Why is lenguage?" and then answer it:
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