From Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good by William Cheng

  • Disability Studies
  • Music
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  • Figure I.1. Bill Watterson, Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection (1994). It is revealing (and probably no coincidence) that Calvin’s proposed title refers to gender (a jab at the perceived denseness of, among other critical ventures, early ’90s feminist theory). Calvin is working on a book report while Hobbes looks on. The dialogue reads: [Calvin] “I used to hate writing assignments, but now I enjoy them. I realized that the purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure poor reasoning, and inhibit clarity. With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog! Want to see my book report?” [Hobbes takes Calvin’s book report and reads its title] “‘The Dynamics of Interbeing and Monological Imperatives in Dick and Jane: A Study in Psychic Transrelational Gender Modes.’” [Calvin] “Academia, here I come!”