In Which the Mainstream Notices Us

Holy cow! The ancient comic strip Mary Worth quotes John Cage today!. And Josh Fruhlinger of Comics Curmudgeon (a very funny blog I’ve mentioned here before) responds to it with a 4’33” reference. It’s kind of a Hallmarky sentiment by Cagean standards, but I’m having fun picturing the comic with some other Cage quote in there. Like, “If you have no particular togetherness in mind, there are chronometers. Use them.” (h/t David McIntire, though I would have seen it myself by afternoon.)

UPDATE: I have to include Ernest Ambrus’s cartoon he sent in response. A whole book of these could be hilarious:

UPDATE 2: Ernest outdoes himself (and see comments):

It’s all that much funnier if you keep up with these strips to read Comics Curmudgeon. And, while I’m at it, what else have I got to do?:

Good lord, what have we begun?

UPDATE 3: And again:


  1. says

    I didn’t know the Cage line quoted in Mary Worth today — thanks for the tip! Fine, fascinating riposte to the Boulez cry to destroy the past (which Boulez, with apparently unconscious irony, lifted from Marinetti).

    KG replies: I just ran across it. It’s in Lecture on Nothing, p. 110 in Silence, sort of in passing. It continues, “At any moment it might reappear and seem to be and be the present. Would it be a repetition?” Not a very high-profile Cage comment.

  2. James Langdell says

    I came over to your blog after seeing that Mary Worth/John Cage confluence on Josh’s comic strip site. Glad to see you and your readers were on top of that and beyond.