I came across a website called Postmodernism the other day, dedicated, amazingly enough, to all things postmodern, and one item there really made me laugh.
It was an incongruous mash-up of two of my favorite things, cartoons and poetry, with words by Frederick Nietzsche affixed to an illustrated image by Family Circus creator Bill Keane. It is given as an example of the post-modern technique of pastiche, or "pasted" elements of previous genres and styles of literature to create a new narrative voice, or to comment on the writing of their contemporaries.
It inspired me to try my hand at the same, and I came up with this postmodern pairing of Charlie Brown and Lucy, with words from the Elizabethan poet Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke.
Feeling postmodern? Does anyone want to try their hand at their own pastiche or mash-up? What words would you marry to this wonderful illustration by children's artist Willy Schermelé to give it a new context and meaning?
Send me your own pastiche and I'll post it here!