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The Surreal Existentialism of ‘Garfield Minus Garfield’

Have you ever seen a Garfield comic and thought, you know what would make this interesting? Garfield not being here. Welcome to the strange angst of Garfield Minus Garfield.

What does the Garfield comic even look like without Garfield, you might ask?

 

 

Sure, there are some panels without any text, but the emptiness is kind of the point. Is he just… waiting for wisdom to come? I have no idea, but it makes you think.

I have to confess, I never read Garfield much, though there was a period when I was a child when I really would read comics from the newspaper. I know, when did I grow up, 1920? I’m sure Garfield must have been there. But it was this, later, that really caught my attention. It’s bizarre and relatable. I mean, just look at this.

 

 

 

How did they get this footage of me? I honestly feel attacked. I have no idea what Garfield was doing in this strip, but did he need to be in it? This is a cutting edge meme just like it is. The empty panel. the confusion. Whatever sense of humor this is, I support it.

 

 

When you stopped after the first step of the instructions. Also, me when I somehow didn’t do my course work or get any sleep. Why does everything go wrong, John Arbuckle asks? Right, my incredibly poor choices. Called all the way out.

I’m not really here to make a value judgement, but the truth is, “I stan.” You can get the book here.

 

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Five Loveable Cat Librarians

Of course, readers love cats. They’re just about the only animal who appreciates the long stretches of stillness and dead silence that reading involves. Book lovers don’t just love cats, though—cats love books. Here are five cats who’ve taken their love of books to the next level—as resident librarians at various libraries.

 

Elsie – St. Helena Public Library

 

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No, she’s not winking—she just has one green eye and one amber. Aside from her dazzling good looks, Elsie does a lot of hard work sleeping and making friends. Dogs and cats both come to visit her, as well as the patrons who come for books but stay for her fluff. She’s named one of the library’s patrons, but sometimes they pronounce it L. C.—for library cat. She’s also there to cheer-lead for the staff and give them updates.

 

 

Trixie – Independence Public Library

 

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Trixie was left outside the library one autumn, so she was taken in and made some friends. She’s smol (cannon), and enjoys books, pets, and sleeping through important meetings. The library also has a rabbit called Grace. She isn’t a stray though—she’s a therapy rabbit. She doesn’t have her own page yet, but we can always hold out hope.

 

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Library Cat – Edinburgh University Library

 

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‘Library Cat’ is more of a title than a name, bestowed first to this tuxedo, who actually wrote a book (I BELIEVE). Unfortunately the OG Library Cat is no longer with us. He was replaced by this probable cryptid.

 

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They’re on Library Cat 3.0 now, seen here putting in overtime. What a dedicated public servant.

 

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Nyx – Chesterfield County Library

 

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Nyx, or Goddess of the Night, if you like epithets, is seen here wearing a flower crown and looking absolutely iconic. Nyx is a service cat who now telecommutes, and she proves you don’t need eyes to love books. Her favorite form of transportation is a library cart, and she likes to both help and hinder computer work.

 

Stacks – Litchfield Public Library

 

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Stacks works hard. She might not be the best typist, but she tries her very best, and she’s been known to put in long hours manning (catting?) the circulation desk. She also likes to help with computer work and reshelving, and modeling for her own line of mugs and shirts (the profits go to the library and to pet adoption). This isn’t enough for her, though. In her spare time, she takes donations to support herself. What a proactive soot sprite.

 

 

 

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5 of Literature’s Most Epic Pets

Everybody loves animals, even fictional ones. Whether they’re surviving fires or starting them, biting or putting up with the protagonists, or really good sports about villainous mistreatment, these animals are in it for the long haul. Here are some of our favorites, in no particular order.

 

1. Buttercup – The Hunger Games

 

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This cat’s been through a lot. Bombings, attempted murder, living underground. I’ve never even known a cat who could stand a closed door. Nothing impresses Buttercup. All he wants is to have his head pet and maybe some fresh entrails.

 

 

2. Drogon – Game of Thrones

 

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Who doesn’t want a dragon? Personally, I’d rather be able to breathe fire myself, but this is a close second. Our boy got LORGE. Plus, he survives the game of thrones. What’s not to like? I’d ask where my dragons are, but there’s no missing them.

 

 

3. Hedwig – Harry Potter

 

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She bite! Sure, Hedwig might not be the cuddliest of pets, but she can find anyone on the planet earth, and isn’t that worth more? Dignity, messengerial integrity, spots, she’s got it all. Plus, she survives longer than about half the human characters. Too soon? It’ll always be too soon.

 

 

4. Toto – The Wizard of Oz

 

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Have we left Kansas? Doesn’t bother her. Tornadoes, witches, Toto’s not afraid of anything. It’s also revealed in later books that Toto, like most animals in Oz, is capable of speech. She’s just not much of a talker. Still, her tendency to bite witches speaks loudly enough.

 

 

5. Max – How the Grinch Stole Christmas

 

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Has any pet ever put up with more? From the indignity of having to wear just one large antler, to the logistical challenge of having to pull an entire sleigh, Max always does his best to make the Grinch happy. One hopes he got a large helping of roast beef for his trouble.

 

 

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