Monday, May 20, 2024

Quote of the Day (James Parker, on the ‘Old-School Surrealism’ of Bananas)

“There's an orthodox, old-school surrealism to the banana: its cartoon yellowness, its absurd curvature, the fact that when we think about a banana, we think about it upside down. The banana grows upward, doesn't it, jostling for sunlight with its fellows—but in our mind, we reverse it. We put its broken stem on top, like a nose or a little horn, and so we create a strangeness around the banana. We put it in banana quotes.”—James Parker, “Ode to Bananas,” The Atlantic, May 2023

The image accompanying this post was taken Apr. 10, 2018, by Filo gèn'.

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