I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.
– Dr Seuss
In EG Lair, Dr Seuss is held up as one of the greatest philosophers of modern time.
Books stretch across many shelves, filled with the logical and brilliant views of a man who is too often passed over as a childrens author. And yet his teachings are perfect for any budding evil genius.
Did you know that Dr Seuss (aka Theodor Seuss Geisel) was also an artist beyond his book illustrations?
Did you know that during World War II, he was in the animation department of the US Army, where he wrote ‘Design for Death’ – a film that later won an Academy Award for Documentary Feature (1947)? He was also a prolific political cartoonist for PM, a New York newspaper.
Did you know that you can check out this amazing array of work in art galleries around the world?
Seriously, you want to know how to educate your spawnlings to be Evil Genius and take over the world?
Read them a book or two of Dr Seuss. One of our favourites is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”. That should start them off nicely.
Then take them to a gallery and show them the plethora of artwork that Geisel produced to try and express his view of the world.
There are plenty of galleries. The original is in Chicago, but at present they have a National Touring Gallery travelling around the US – currently you can find them at Legends Fine Art, LA JOLLA, CA. You can find more details here.
Recently, the first ever travelling exhibition of work outside the US visited Sydney, Australia. Hopefully, it’s success will encourage the range to be shown to even more spawnlings around the world.
Why am I so enthralled with Dr Seuss? His writing and artwork has a style of pointing out that decomposing pink elephant in the middle of the room. The message is so simple, you wonder how we lost such a basic understanding of human behaviour to begin with. But that’s the whole point. Show children how simple the world should be, and how much adults keep stuffing it up by over-complicating things.
Once you understand this, you start to see the utter genius behind his vision – the brilliantly evil way that he sows the seeds in young malleable minds.
The artwork is a whole new medium for this message. And it really is a style of art instantly recognisable as HIS.
Go to the Gallery. If you can’t make a gallery, search the galleries online. I have shared some of our favourites on the EG Mum Facebook page, but there are so many more to learn from.
And read a book to your spawnlings. Listen to the words you are sharing with them. And share in the wisdom of Dr Seuss.
What’s your favourite Dr Seuss book?