A Raid on The Inarticulate

Link to Today’s Comic.

So begins a new arc. Or rather a different arc. Because Les Moore is shilling his book again.

We’ve finally escaped from an endless arc of nonsense, to find ourselves repeating an arc we’ve been through dozens of times. Words have escaped me. So instead an excerpt from TS. Elliot’s ‘East Coker’, a beautiful poem and death, futility, writing, and the cyclical nature of the universe.

” You say I am repeating
Something I have said before. I shall say it again,
Shall I say it again? In order to arrive there,
To arrive where you are, to get from where you are not,
You must go by a way wherein there is no ecstasy.
In order to arrive at what you do not know
You must go by a way which is the way of ignorance.”

“So here I am, in the middle way, having had twenty years—
Twenty years largely wasted, the years of l’entre deux guerres
Trying to learn to use words, and every attempt
Is a wholly new start, and a different kind of failure
Because one has only learnt to get the better of words
For the thing one no longer has to say, or the way in which
One is no longer disposed to say it. And so each venture
Is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate
With shabby equipment always deteriorating
In the general mess of imprecision of feeling,
Undisciplined squads of emotion. And what there is to conquer
By strength and submission, has already been discovered
Once or twice, or several times, by men whom one cannot hope
To emulate—but there is no competition—
There is only the fight to recover what has been lost
And found and lost again and again: and now, under conditions
That seem unpropitious. But perhaps neither gain nor loss.
For us, there is only the trying.”


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14 responses to “A Raid on The Inarticulate

  1. I wonder who the other author is, way in the back of panel three. He seems to have a lot more people eager to purchase his work. Which is understandable, given Les’ “talents.” You might say the other author produces books, while Les produces inedible bulk.

    • billytheskink

      He appears to be some sort of bald beaver-man, which by nature would make his story more interesting than anything we’ve read in this strip in decades.

      Heck, Bald Beaver-Man would easily outsell The Inedible Pulp down at ye olde komix shoppe.

      • erdmann

        Actually, if you Google Bald Beaver Man, you will likely turn up a dozen Japanese porn comics.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    Les is sometimes “Legacy Trilogy”? That’s bizarre.

  3. Epicus Doomus

    The Delicate Genius is back on the Ohio book signing trail and as usual his fans are annoying and/or amusing him with their inevitable witlessness. This is another example of BatNom making up a ridiculous book signing scenario because nothing of note ever happens at his real ones. This never actually happened, it’s just too dumb to be believable.

    Speaking of which, are we to believe that there’s STILL enough demand for the cancer trilogy to warrant holding ANOTHER cancer trilogy signing? Or is this some sort of cancer trilogy-con, where all the cancer book authors gather once a year to meet and greet their legions of cancer book fans? Is there any Lisa cosplay going on or is everyone just a clueless moron like this guy? Isn’t Les supposed to be a high school teacher? It’s early May, isn’t school kinda sorta still in session?

    • The Nelson Puppet

      Kancer Porn Komix never, never go out of style.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      What a way to start on a Monday, Les returns with Lisa’s legacy and over on Crankshaft they are already doing back to school jokes. Summer gets shorter every year it seems.

    • Gerard Plourde

      “It’s early May, isn’t school kinda sorta still in session?”

      My question as well. The number of abandoned plot lines continues to grow. Ostensibly Les was still “teaching” at Westview (although his presence there usually was limited to making snarky comments at students or their parents). It wouldn’t surprise me if Batiuk decided that Les retired, filed it away in his Funkyverse canon and neglected to inform his readers.

  4. Oh, cripes. We waste what seems like forever to get a shitty gag so we can have more of Dick Facey be punchable. Meanwhile, there’s a big world of characters out there withering on the vine.

  5. hitorque

    Because I’m not clicking on his blog even with a gun to my head, can anybody tell me if Batiuk at least acknowledged LeBron James’ awesome game-winning circus shot on Saturday night?

  6. bayoustu

    Is it wrong that the drawing of an impossibly smug, coy, smile-swallowing Les in panel 1 fills me with mindless rage?! In all honesty- no, don’t think so.

  7. Professor Fate

    So is the Author going to confess that this is actually Let Moore’s evil twin who killed him some time and has taken over his life? If nothing else it would spark the strip up a bit.

  8. Le Chat Bleu

    Gripping visual storytelling today, as two bored-looking middle-aged white dudes stare wordlessly at each other across a beige expanse for 2 of the 3 panels.

    • spacemanspiff85

      As much as Batiuk worships comic books, he sure has no problem at all being a disgrace to the medium every day.