Donna Barstow

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Filtering Life Through Your Cat

A cartoon about a book about a man and his hat.

Posted Aug 03, 2012

man wears cat on top of his head

translation of neurology book by Dr. Oliver Sacks

No, this cartoon caption is not a reference to  Dr. Suess, but rather my reaction to a New York Times bestseller by a neurologist, Dr. Oliver Sacks, called The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat. This is a collection of clinical studies Dr. Sacks had of various patients; for instance, the man in the title story could not recognize familiar objects like hats...or his own wife.

Because of the great reviews of this book, I read it, but I discovered I'm not really very fond of stories about bizarre or troubled people, even though their names and details are of course disguised. Perhaps it brings attention to these neurological problems, or brain misalignments, but I don't think it really helps the cause.

In any case, the title percolated through my own cartoonist misfires until I had to draw this cartoon, without any idea of what editor would find the need to publish it for his or her readers! So I really did this one for myself.

I included this cartoon in my very new website just up: Donna Barstow Cartoons. Yes, same name as before, but new look, and most of all, new cartoons.

Here's another cartoon about a cat (and a dog, too, sorry) you might enjoy.

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