Porcupine Pie

Pictures and videos of cats and babies makes up for the socialist idiocy one comes across on the internet.

I like baby animals, the most favored being human babies. Human babies in animal suits are the best. So I share with you this picture of a baby in a porcupine suit.

I am not too sure about the suit. It could be a piggy suit — notice the snout and the hoofs. But then it has spiky things all over it. So it could be a porcupine suit. It looks like it to me.  And then this old favorite song popped into my head: Porcupine Pie by Neil Diamond.

Porcupine pie, porcupine pie, porcupine pie
Vanilla soup, a double scoop please
No, maybe I want, maybe I won’t, maybe I will
The tutti fruit
With fruity blue cheese

Ah, but porcupine pie,
Porcupine pie, porcupine pie
Don’t let it get on your jeans
And though it sounds a little strange
But you got to eat it with gloves
Or your hands will turn green

Ah, but porcupine pie,
Porcupine pie, porcupine pie
It weaves its way through my dreams
And I do believe
I’m gonna get one
And leave enough room for dessert
Chicken ripple ice cream

Would you believe it, that song was recorded in 1972 — nearly 50 years ago.

Neil Diamond is amazing. He can write silly songs and he can write very deep songs. Consider his “Done too Soon.” He shouts rapidly a whole bunch of historical figures. And then slows down for the final verse where he says:

Each one there
Has one thing shared
They have sweated beneath the same sun
Looked up in wonder at the same moon
And wept when it was all done
For bein’ done too soon …

Saint or sinner, hero or comic — all share the same human desire to endure. Here is the list of people he names. See if you recognize how many.

Jesus Christ, Fanny Brice
Wolfie Mozart and Humphrey Bogart
And Genghis Khan
And on to H. G. Wells

Ho Chi Minh, Gunga Din
Henry Luce and John Wilkes Booth
And Alexanders King and Graham Bell

Ramakrishna, Mama Whistler
Patrice Lumumba and Russ Colombo
Karl and Chico Marx Albert Camus,

E. A. Poe, Henri Rousseau
Sholom Aleichem and Caryl Chessman
Alan Freed and Buster Keaton too

Neil Diamond has a sense of humor. Note the Karl Marx and Chico Marx line. The juxtaposition of an extremely unfunny guy and a very funny guy.

I knew of bit of nearly all of them except Henry Luce.  So I looked him up on the wiki. He was born in China. (!)

Henry Robinson Luce (1898 – 1967) was an American magazine magnate who was called “the most influential private citizen in the America of his day”. He launched and closely supervised a stable of magazines that transformed journalism and the reading habits of millions of Americans. Time summarized and interpreted the week’s news; Life was a picture magazine of politics, culture, and society that dominated American visual perceptions in the era before television; Fortune reported on national and international business; and Sports Illustrated explored the world of sports. Counting his radio projects and newsreels, Luce created the first multimedia corporation. He envisaged that the United States would achieve world hegemony, and, in 1941, he declared the 20th century would be the “American Century”.

Alright, time to get things done. Have a good weekend.

Author: Atanu Dey

Economist.

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