January 25, 1951 ["Gerald McBoing Boing"]

The “Gerald McBoing Boing” cartoon is New Modern, all see-through swirls and question-mark backbones, the perspective at once flat and cheerful, like a jazz record cover--for a strange little fable, the moral of which seems to be, "Every blessing begins as a curse"--and that is reassuring, as we knock ourselves against the communists, boinging whatever sense we may have--panicking. I hope the cartoon is right: If we hang on, someone will turn this dross into gold—but I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t slip up, somewhere around the 38th parallel.


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