Re: OT Dr. Magel's alphabet book (was Re: A prioi vs. A posteriori ?
|From:||Roger Mills <romilly@...>|
|Date:||Friday, February 7, 2003, 0:41|
James Landau wrote:
Could this be _The Ultimate Alphabet_? Now that you mention it, I remember
that only a few years later there came out a book called _The Ultimate
Alphabet_, whose author was named Mike (I think his last name was Wilks or
Willis or something), that also had a contest around it.
Exactly. (Like you, I'm still not sure of the author's name) I googled for
"Alphabet Book" and got nothing but school primers; now I'll try this. And when
the weather warms up, go out to the shed to see if I can find it.
Unlike Dr. "Maggel" (1985), which seemed to still have some of the lingering
spirit of the seventies in its spirituality, with all the funky elf shit, _The
Ultimate Alphabet_, published a little later, had an aura of new-wave style
eighties scientificness and modern cosmopolitanity to it, with a
Reagan-upbeat-global-economy all-you-can-eat bounty of plenty of words from
each letter to enjoy.
Well, I don't know if I'd go _that_ far :-)))))
Amazingly, around the same time as the other two, a third book devoted to
alphabetic paintings came out, called _Animalia_. My sister had that one. It
showed a Herman-Miller-like love of painting animals. It made a huge splash at
the time with nothing but acclaim and its 26 paintings were often reproduced
and posted up around libraries and art clinics. I still find the _Animalia_
paintings up somewhere every now and then. How was it that three books with the
idea of alphabetically-themed paintings came out in the same frame of time?
The genius of Marketing. Same reason we have a bunch of TV shows about
forensic Crime Scene Investigators (the only thing I watch on commercial
TV...well, I do look in now and then on Joe Millionaire in hopes that he's
taken off his clothes, but that's neither here not there...............)