Monday, October 22, 2012

W is for Walter Mitty

This week's entry for AlphaBooks & IF is the protagonist of James Thurber's classic short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The quintessential daydreamer, Walter goes about his daily tasks in a mild-mannered, dutiful, non-confrontational way, but in his head he is the bold, dashing hero of countless exciting adventures.

I've always loved this story, despite its mildly misogynistic slant, because it captures so well the double life (or multiple lives, really!) of the daydreamer. And yes, I am one of that breed, in case you couldn't guess. Not quite in Walter Mitty mode, but still I'm a firm believer that dreams of all sorts make any life more interesting!

Acrylic on text imported from Zo√ętrope, where you can read the entire story online, ~5" x 8"

I can't believe we're so near to the end of the alphabet! I wonder what will be next. Here are all my entries to date-- there are still a few gaps I hope to fill at some point.

12 comments:

  1. Such a fabulous editorial piece! Associating daydreaming with a floating brain! BRILLIANT!!!!

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  2. This is the first time I've ever wished the alphabet had more letters. I want this series to go on forever.

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  3. Great colors!!
    I like the propeller on the brain :)

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  4. Love this! I think you definitely captured some Mitty-ness!

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  5. This is fantastic! The propeller is the cherry on top. Very creepy, detailed brain- awesome.

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  6. I love the painting on top of text...it works so well with the play of 'the letter' hidden within the illustration! Wonderful painting, too!

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  7. This one's great. Sorry that I haven't been around as much, I've been daydreaming a lot.

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  8. oh, this is super cool! love it!!!

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  9. Great work,love the interpretation:)

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  10. Love Thurber, and I love your interpretation.

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