Hello Dali…

Most people have seen work by the Spanish, Surrealist painter, Salvador Dali, whose dreamlike depictions are hauntingly realistic in terms of the physical world but seem to contradict that same reality through visual oxymorons. Perhaps his most famous painting is the one called “The Persistence of Memory,” also sometimes called “The Limp Watches.”

Yesterday I ran across a kind of visual parody of the piece, based upon the TV animated show, The Simpsons:

I prefer the original but like to think of this one as “Dali on Crack,” though I’m not certain anyone could tell the difference between Dali’s work on or off crack or any other substance. He was just off the wall in terms of his views of the universe. One of my friends has an original Dali, which is valuable, but my friend thinks the painting too bizarre to display anywhere in her house except the laundry room, where it has been for years over the counter of a storage cabinet. Frankly, if it were in my house, I’d probably keep it in my laundry room too or maybe in a bathroom in order to startle guests out of any sort of mental constipation.   JB

About John

John Bolinger was born and raised in Northwest Indiana, where he attended Ball State University and Purdue University, receiving his BA and MA from those schools. Then he taught English and French for thirty-five years at Morton High School in Hammond, Indiana before moving to Colorado. He spends his winters in Pompano Beach, Florida. Besides COME SEPTEMBER, Journey of a High School Teacher, John's other books are ALL MY LAZY RIVERS, an Indiana Childhood, and COME ON, FLUFFY, THIS AIN'T NO BALLET, a Novel on Coming of Age, all available on Amazon.com as paperbacks and Kindle books. Alternately funny and touching, COME SEPTEMBER, conveys the story of every high school teacher’s struggle to enlighten both himself and his pupils, encountering along the way, battles with colleagues, administrators, and parents through a parade of characters that include a freshman boy for whom the faculty code name is “Spawn of Satan,” to a senior girl whose water breaks during a pop-quiz over THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS. Through social change and the relentless march of technology, the human element remains constant in the book’s personal, entertaining, and sympathetic portraits of faculty, students, parents, and others. The audience for this book will certainly include school teachers everywhere, teenagers, parents of teens, as well as anyone who appreciates that blend of humor and pathos with which the world of public education is drenched. The drive of the story is the narrator's struggle to become the best teacher he can be. The book is filled with advice for young teachers based upon experience of the writer, advice that will never be found in college methods classes. Another of John's recent books is Mum's the Word: Secrets of a Family. It is the story of his alcoholic father and the family's efforts to deal with or hide the fact. Though a serious treatment of the horrors of alcoholism, the book also entertains in its descriptions of the father during his best times and the humor of the family's attempts to create a façade for the outside world. All John's books are available as paperbacks and Kindle readers on Amazon, and also as paperbacks at Barnes & Noble. John's sixth and most recent book, Growing Old in America: Notes from a Codger was released on June 15, 2014.
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