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What Does This Say? Paperback – March 1, 1995
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There are some who chafe at the seeming repetitive themes within Keane's major works; I would respectfully submit that all great stories are about life and death, love and loss, fear and triumph. If not Keane, then so go Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz and Callimachus, too, for good measure. It is not originality that spawns thought and wonderment; it is the vessels of those themes (Billy, Grandma, Barfy, PJ) that inspire and enlighten.
Keane, as carrier of these vessels, reminds us of a truth so eloquently immortalized by Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Some books leave us free and some books make us free." In 'What Does This Say', it is clear that the tome achieves the latter, with gusto and aplomb.
I don't know how: but Keane captures this feeling, this happy sadness - "Oh heavy lightness," as Shakespeare put it. Billy romps around the yard. He runs all over town. His parents are in love. His family is love with itself, each unto each. Can our lives ever be like this? Perhaps not, but we can watch, watch ever single day, and wrap ourself in that happy sadness. And maybe forget, if only for a little while, the way our lives really are, the way they have to be: our heavy lightness. Thanks, Bil Keane, for that, and thanks to Amazon for letting people express themselves. Thank you all.
I only had two hours before I started my shift at McDonald's. It was Thursday morning and that meant I had to be there very early to unload the truck delivery. I looked at the cover of this Family Circus book and could not unlock my gaze on Jeffy. "What does this say?" "What does this say?" "What does this say?" It mocked me, it called me, it demanded my attention.
Then from out of nowhere I got an idea. I opened this Family Circus novel to the LAST page. I then proceeded to read the book BACKWARDS! Then true horror struck my heart.
Start with the last cartoon, write down the last letter of each caption and work your way backwards to the first cartoon where Dolly is trying to take the skin off a cupcake. When you have all the letters written down, this message will appear.......
"Thel is the goddess of lust and desire. She lives for the pleasure of the flesh. Prices slashed at Jerrys, all items must go. Buy one spatula get one free."
Cold chills ran up and down my spine as I deciphered the what I now call the "Da Keane Code". I have quit my job at McDonald's and now work full time at home with a mountain of Family Circus books, the Necronomican, and the Book of Revelation, I believe I can pinpoint the exact time of the Rapture. I will report my findings as I discover them.
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Bil Keane uses his own life as the basis for his series of articles,and characteristically leaves nothing out. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Birchbarkcanoe
this was a gift for my neighbor who suffers from Alzheimers. He finds the Sunday funnies very amusing and so we thought a book would be good because he would find it amusing every... Read morePublished on March 3, 2014 by syndes2
"What does this say?", asks PJ, implicitly standing in for the author Keane as he slyly challenges his readers to interrogate hegemonic assumptions about the binary... Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by Daffy
The is my daughter's favorite comic of all the comics she got for Christmas. It's very fun and funny. She loves it!Published on January 4, 2014 by Jennifer
"War and fame" are, literally, William Aloysius Keane's middle name. (The name "Aloysius" is of Germanic origins, and means "war and fame. Read morePublished on September 25, 2013 by Matthew Evans
I read these books consistently as a child and it is nice to still be able to get a hold of them for a price that is not astronomical.Published on July 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer