Ever wondered what corner of Ted “Dr. Seuss” Geisel’s brain Green Eggs and Ham came from? As it turns out, it came from the part that takes dares. The iconic book was conceived after a dare to write a book containing 50 words or less (it comes in at 50 exactly).
In this video, the chief curator of the Mandeville Special Collections Library at UC San Diego, Lynda Claassen, walks through Geisel’s writing and illustration process, using his working notes and illustrations for Green Eggs and Ham. Check it out! [h/t BOOOOOOOM!]
Oh Mondo, you’re an adorable imp. And we love your design skills and think that you were totally robbed during your season of “Project Runway” when Gretchen beat you for top honors. However! This hat looks like a giant furry crooked penis flapping about on your head. It’s so Seussical!
There are a lot of reasons to wish you were a kid again. A few off the top of our heads: Nap time, no weird looks when you order a Happy Meal, the potential to become a virtuoso fashion blogger. Also—the awesome new kicks from Converse styled after Dr. Seuss books and characters. You’ll recognize the illustrated designs from some of your favorite childhood storybooks (it’s nice to know that some things never change, right?). There’s a “One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish” style, a “Thing 1, Thing 2″ pair, a Cat in the Hat design, and more. Yup, most of the sneakers are for kids, but a couple do fit grown-ups if you want to spend a day taking a walk in a kid’s shoes. [Converse via L.A. Times] Keep reading »
Did you know that in 1954, when Life ran a report showing that kids weren’t learning to read because they found books boring, Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) was given an assignment by his publisher to write a book using 250 words from a list of 348? Well, even if you didn’t know that obscure bit of Dr. Seuss trivia, I’m sure you’ve heard of The Cat in the Hat. This most famous children’s story was Geisel’s final product from the assignment, containing exactly 236 words from the provided list, and soaking up nine months of his life. The book launched the decades-long career of Dr. Seuss. And now, slowly but surely, modern media are destroying Dr. Seuss books, one by one.
The Broadway show, “Seussical: The Musical,” was bad enough, but did we really need awful feature film versions of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Cat in the Hat” and “Horton Hears a Who?” Now, “The Lorax”—my most beloved of all of Dr. Seuss’s works—is being made into a 3-D flick to be released on March 2, 2012, Theodore Geisel’s birthday!!! He must be rolling over in his grave. [Variety]
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