I am loosely following a course by cartoonist Lynda Barry. I happened upon it through the site Open Culture. Since I am not officially enrolled, I won’t benefit from any feedback or interaction, but it should still be fun. I probably doodle more than most people though. Maybe I should instead be looking for a course to bring myself in touch with the “left side” of my brain. Heh: literally lateral. I used to have passable memorising skills. Nowadays everything is touch-and-go, and off at a tangent. So, I’m having trouble even memorising this little requisite-for-the-course poem:
Emily Dickinson’s poem number 937
I felt a Cleaving in my Mind —
As if my Brain had split —
I tried to match it — Seam by Seam —
But could not make it fit.
The thought behind, I strove to join
Unto the thought before —
But Sequence raveled out of Sound
Like Balls — upon a Floor.
I can relate to it, for sure. I can doodle it.
I am a little behind, since it started on January 23rd already. Her tumblr is The Near-Sighted Monkey. It is well worth a visit.
- Join Cartoonist Lynda Barry for a University-Level Course on Doodling and Neuroscience (openculture.com)
- Watch an Animated Film of Emily Dickinson’s Poem ‘I Started Early – Took My Dog’ (openculture.com)