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Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for March 10, 2019

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    BE THIS GUY Premium Member about 2 years ago

    I hope he’s a successful writer so he can afford the good booze.

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    Rod Gonzalez  about 2 years ago

    Shoot Rat.

    That would make everyone happy.

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    DennisinSeattle Premium Member about 2 years ago

    Pastis, is this a self-discovery project assigned by your analyst?

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    Super Smash Bros Ultimate  about 2 years ago

    I hate these stories

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    juncarlo  about 2 years ago

    It’s common for an artist and his work to be appreciated after his death.

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    Liverlips McCracken Premium Member about 2 years ago

    Rat says he has explained all writers, but we see the same writer in each panel of the strip. I think he has explained that writer.

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    some idiot from R'lyeh Premium Member about 2 years ago

    I think that’s more “all people explained”, rather than just the subset who happen to write.

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    thelost wizard  about 2 years ago

    What he’s asking is what a lot of people today seem to think the government is responsible for.

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    hariseldon59  about 2 years ago

    Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?It took me years to write, will you take a look?It’s based on a novel by a man named LearAnd I need a job, so I want to be a paperback writerPaperback writer

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    Yakety Sax  about 2 years ago

    “An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.” Ernest Hemingway

    “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” Ernest Hemingway

    “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Ernest Hemingway

    “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” Ernest Hemingway

    “When I have an idea, I turn down the flame, as if it were a little alcohol stove, as low as it will go. Then it explodes and that is my idea.” Ernest Hemingway

    “Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.” Ernest Hemingway

    “A man’s got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.” Ernest Hemingway

    “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” Ernest Hemingway

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    Little Caesar  about 2 years ago

    “A man’s got to know his limitations.” – “Dirty” Harry Callahan

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    Gent  about 2 years ago

    Ha ha ha! That’s perfectly correct! It’s called writing! And it’s called biking! Haw haw haw haw!

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    Breadboard  about 2 years ago

    Croc Power !

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    aerotica69  about 2 years ago

    All writers….all actors….all musicians….basically, everyone who needs an audience to validate their work.

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    ekw555  about 2 years ago

    I could go for a drink right now.

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    Jabroniville Premium Member about 2 years ago

    haha, oh god. So true that it hurts. Right down to the part with the booze. How many great writers AREN’T tragic alcoholics?

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    Stocky One  about 2 years ago

    When Patsis was writing strips the other day, he had a case of “writer’s block.” In a metonomic twist, he wrote, “pen is stuck.” Unfortunately, his message was misinterpreted!

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    jvn  about 2 years ago

    This includes comic strip writers, too, I assume.

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    Andrew Sleeth Premium Member about 2 years ago

    One of the greatest gifts you can get as a writer is to be born into an unhappy family. —Pat Conroy

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    johnschutt  about 2 years ago

    Well, I like reading PBS. You’re my top strip writer!

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    Zebrastripes  about 2 years ago

    Hmmmm! Wonder who this poor guy was? Anybody?

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    KEA  about 2 years ago

    aaah… poor Pastis

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    GeifuKe  about 2 years ago

    Is this the life of George Thorogood?

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    GeifuKe  about 2 years ago

    Amazing how a guy with the simple and ordinary name of Howard Jones wrote and performed a song that was so emotional and powerful. What is love anyway?

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    diskus Premium Member about 2 years ago

    Wow how sad

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    jonesbeltone  about 2 years ago

    Booze is the best friend you’ll ever have. Never dumps you, always there and never judges.

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    sarah413 Premium Member about 2 years ago

    He drank alone

    Yah, with nobody else

    You know when he drank alone

    He preferred to be by himself.

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    Flatlander, the commentator formally known as...  about 2 years ago

    Hemmingway could afford an adequate shotgun

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    belgarathmth  about 2 years ago

    Does this explain cartoonists also, Stephan? :)

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    DCBakerEsq  about 2 years ago

    I thought this was the explanation for cartoonists. But, without the booze.

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    marilynnbyerly  about 2 years ago

    I know hundreds of writers, primarily novelists, and we are no more likely to be needy than the general population. If anything, we know that we must find our inner worth from the inside, and not from other people.

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    Bilan  about 2 years ago

    Is the lowest of the low the comic strip writers?

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    Concretionist  about 2 years ago

    Writers only? Nah. Every entertainer ever. Not to mention all the rest of us who are both needy and untalented.

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    nopainogain  about 2 years ago

    wow… dark.

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    SukieCrandall Premium Member about 2 years ago

    First step: recognize the worth of others instead of repeating the parents’ mistake.

    The leads naturally to the second step of being cared about in return.

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    SukieCrandall Premium Member about 2 years ago

    Hmmmmm, did most people miss that the man is repeating the behavior of his parents? He is not interested in the needs of others, only of himself.

    By caring too much about oneself a person misses out on caring about others, which naturally leads to people not caring about the person who is too wrapped up in herself or himself.

    Volunteer work would go a long way toward correcting the problem.

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    Kind&Kinder  about 2 years ago

    “Alas, poor Pastis, I knew him, Rat: a fellow

    of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy….Where be your gibes now? your

    gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment,

    that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one

    now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap-fallen?”

    —William Shakespeare (obsequious apologies!)

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    Mentor397  about 2 years ago

    Sorry for saving this one, but this one is a keeper. I’m going to frame it, and six hundred others and put them on every square inch of every wall in my house.

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    cosman  about 2 years ago

    I’d like to try some of this ‘Alone’, but no liquor store has heard of it..

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    Sisyphos  about 2 years ago

    “You are worthless scum! Go home and drink yourself to death!”

    I will not.

    I will survive. [Thank you, Gloria.]

    Truth is, Cartoon-Boy likes to bend his elbow, now and again….

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    SukieCrandall Premium Member about 2 years ago

    Perhaps the first part of G M Hopkin’s “Carrion Comfort” might help some readers?

    Not, I’ll not, carrion comfort, Despair, not feast on thee;

    Not untwist — slack they may be — these last strands of man

    In me ór, most weary, cry I can no more. I can;

    Can something, hope, wish day come, not choose not to be.

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    tinachambers  about 2 years ago

    Pastis does his best work on Sundays

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