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All the "Brief Moment of Culture" illustrations are based loosely on illustrations from the Oz books, but most of them aren't especially recognizable as such. The third illustration in this set, however, is based on one of John R. Neill's most iconic Oz images, this illustration of Scraps the Patchwork Girl. The Patchwork Girl is one of my favorite Oz characters, as readers of Skin Horse have probably noticed. (I also included an oblique Patchwork Girl nod in this scene from Smithson; the work the students are discussing is Shelley Jackson's hypertext novel Patchwork Girl.)

10 comments:
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Perhaps Mell is getting the term mixed up with 'scallion'?
Leon Arnott (l) says: Yoghurt? Deary dear.

Mr. Wells, you've done an admirable job of osmotically absorbing the first year of Narbonic and reassembling it in this conversation. So many events and motifs are recognisable!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

"Say, I never knew that a throne of scullions could be so comfortable."

"It's ergonomic."

(OK, spot *that* obscure reference!)

Jon W. (kd7sov) says:

My face, he is egg'd. Reading through the archives, it took me until somewhere around Part 15 of this to realize the title was a pun.

Incidentally, I love verbose!Artie. Also the last picture here.

Steve Mollmann (steve) says: Scraps was always one of my favorite Oz characters.  And The Patchwork Girl of Oz is one of the best books.
Mark H- (eyeharvester) says: Y'know, I have always wondered exactly what Mell thinks a scullion is.
Jaye Brown (illogicalv) says: Yogurt containers are not recyclable, to my enternal dismay.
Jeremy Berg (pisceneanteater) says: Ed: I'll match your weasel queen, and raise you a trilobite.
kicking_ k (kicking_k) says:

Eyeharvester: I would put money on her mental picture including heaps of skulls.

I've tried planting seedlings in yoghurt containers, and I still end up with too many left. Can't recycle them here, either.

Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: I felt bad in retrospect having Artie eat the cheese, as I later learned he identified at "vegan", rather than "vegetarian", but then I realized he's not consistent about this himself (c.f. the egg he asks for during the Class Reunion storyline.)  And yes, I do think too much about this sort of thing, why do you ask?
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