kottke.org posts about Dr. Seuss

If Dr. Seuss books were titled according to their subtextsJan 16 2013

If Dr. Seuss books were titled more like academic journal articles, that might look something like this:

Seuss Gets Real

(thx, jeffrey)

Dr. Seuss, ad man, Mad ManAug 15 2012

Before Dr. Seuss became famous for his children's books, he made advertisements for the likes of GE, Ford, and Standard Oil.

Dr Seuss Ad

Long before Sam went to extraordinary lengths to peddle discolored breakfast foods to obstinate citizens, Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss, if you please) made his living as an advertising illustrator--and in retrospect, his work is unmistakable.

Seuss became the father of the modern day children's stories not solely through his inventive lexicon molded into clever syntax and anapestic meter, but also through vivid imaginary worlds and the charming characters within them. Take one look at his early creations for brands including GE, Ford, and NBC, and there's no denying the framework of his style that would later turn into the denizens of Whoville, Cat in the Hat and Fox in Socks. And, according to the keepers of the Seuss collection at the UC San Diego Library, the enduring brilliance that is Seuss' legacy can be traced back to a very unlikely source: bug spray.

(via co.create)

Star Wars in the style of Dr. SeussJun 11 2012

A series of drawings by Adam Watson that imagine Star Wars characters drawn in the style of Dr. Seuss.

Seuss Star Wars

I sense a presence
which I know to be
the old Jedi,
Obi-Wan Kenobi

I sense his presence
I know he's near
but I can't find him
there or here!

(via @followSol)

Green Eggs and Ham in Jamaican patoisApr 02 2010

Me no like
green eggs and ham
Me no like dem
Sam-I-Am.

(via cyn-c)

Green Eggs and HamFeb 20 2009

Green Eggs and Ham

After writing The Cat in the Hat in 1955 using only 223 words, Dr. Seuss bet his publisher that he could write a book using only 50 words. Seuss collected on the wager in 1960 with the publication of Green Eggs and Ham. Here are the 50 distinct words used in the book:

a am and anywhere are be boat box car could dark do eat eggs fox goat good green ham here house I if in let like may me mouse not on or rain Sam say see so thank that the them there they train tree try will with would you

From a programming perspective, one of the fun things about Green Eggs and Ham is because the text contains so little information repeated in a cumulative tale, the story could be more efficiently represented as an algorithm. A simple loop would take the place of the following excerpt:

I do not like them in a box.
I do not like them with a fox.
I do not like them in a house.
I do not like them with a mouse.
I do not like them here or there.
I do not like them anywhere.
I do not like green eggs and ham.
I do not like them, Sam I am.

But I don't know...foreach (\$items as \$value) doesn't quite have the same sense of poetry as the original Seuss.

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