I read this article in The Atlantic on the cognitive power of doodling, which led me to Milton Glaser’s supposed essay “Drawing is thinking,” which turned out to be a book of his work, lovely but not enough about Drawing is thinking. Which then led me to google the right keywords to find the essay, which led me to his website where I began to search for his writings about. . . well, drawing is thinking. I got something very different.
This joke, which made me bark a laugh out loud
A butcher was opening his market one morning and as he did a rabbit popped his head through the door. The butcher was surprised when the rabbit inquired “Got any cabbage?” The butcher said “This is a meat market – we sell meat, not vegetables.” The rabbit hopped off. The next day the butcher is opening the shop and sure enough the rabbit pops his head round and says ‘You got any cabbage?’ The butcher now irritated says ‘Listen you little rodent I told you yesterday we sell meat, we do not sell vegetables and the next time you come here I am going to grab you by the throat and nail those floppy ears to the floor.’ The rabbit disappeared hastily and nothing happened for a week. Then one morning the rabbit popped his head around the corner and said ‘Got any nails?’ The butcher said ‘No.’ The rabbit said ‘Ok. Got any cabbage?’
And his essay on Ambiguity and Truth, which taught me things that I had never known and somehow needed to know.
I still haven’t found the essay on Drawing is thinking but maybe the title is enough for now. Because drawing IS thinking. But then, so is writing. Both are thinking when done in total present moment, with just a point to begin the line when anything can happen.
Which leads me to recall the flawed example of the internet versus encyclopedia that Clive Owens’ character uses in Word and Pictures, where he tells his honors class that when they read something in an encyclopedia, they also have the natural inclination to learn something adjacent to it whereas when using the internet, you go to one thing and zero in. The difference is not in the medium; it’s about the amount of curiosity you have. And the Internet is a drug to the curiosity addicted.
And there you have it. Not only a rabbit trail, but a rabbit hole to fall into as well, which reminds me, have you seen the Fear and Loathing redo with Google Deep Dream? Wow!