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December 13, 2006



Cheever-esque indeed!

Old Dominion Tory

Apparently, Mr. Darrow was much like Tom Wolfe, an extraordinarily keen observer who described what he saw in an engaging manner that many see as merely witty and clever. Many of Wolfe's works--e.g., The Pumphouse Gang, and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test--however, have an edge of sadness to them, a sadness at people who are wasting their time, their talents, their youth, their innocence, their futures. Mr. Darrow's cartoons certainly entertain, but, in many cases, they also carry a certain air of sadness (anger, perhaps) that something in society--even upper middle-class suburban society--has gone very, very wrong.

Mrs. Peperium

Yes, very Cheeveresque.

Old Dominion, you are very perceptive - you ought to review books....

Dan Patterson

Truth said in jest, and the "on the money" implications of the captions in Whitney Darrow's scenes are a key ingredient to a mystery that has dogged me since my early high school years. A quality bestowed upon the inbitants of Mr. Darrow's world and so rightly addressed by Mr. and Mrs. P places those characters and situations on a table for both immediate amusement and later consideration. It is precisely that which made another illustrator's--I believe he would prefer 'cartoonist'--work so satisfying.

I stumbled across Bill Mauldin, of Willie and Joe fame, during a read of Ernie Pyle many years ago as I attempted in vain to escape the world around me. Something about the combination of caption and circumstance spoke beyond the immediate humor of the pieces, and made the single-panel drawn world more than passing entertainment. The images and captions were more powerful and a made longer lasting impression than expected, and I have tried to put my finger on what caused the imprint. Thank you for helping me discover 'The Truth Said in Jest', and for reminding me of Mr. Darrow's world.

Dan Patterson
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Old Dominion Tory

Thank you for your compliment, Mrs. Peperium. You are quite kind.

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