A very long essay on what makes Road Runner cartoons funny with some observations about life in general. Late in life creator Chuck Jones composed what were purported to be the rules that the cartoons followed. Articles such as this one I linked to a few years ago explain. The article examines how closely the …

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This post on Mental Floss contains this list of eleven rules, attributed to Chuck Jones, for writing Road Runner cartoons. It’s a great demonstration of a basic guide that helps make sure finished product has integrity to its creative purpose. In preaching: a sermon should not have a main takeaway of ‘try harder’; the engine …

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Mockingbird have republished an essay about the life of Vincent van Gogh entitled ‘A Life Of Aching Beauty: Vincent van Gogh as Preacher, Failure, and Painter’. The essay explores Van Gogh’s art and life, contrasting the bleakness of his experience with the vibrancy of his works, and drawing some thoughts about seeking transcendence amidst the …

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