Mar 25 2012

#330 Music Month (25)

From a stranger in Spokane, Washington
(via a postcard featuring the Utah State Capitol)

Today’s Song/Video: “Someone’s in the Wolf”
by Queens of the Stone Age

Sep 4 2011

#127 “Corbin & Josh”

From Corbin and Josh in Salt Lake City, Utah

Dear Corbin and Josh (and Wolfie),

Thank you very much for your beautiful illustrations. I am extremely impressed with the Sonic Dubstep Wolf that eats evil and crushes peace. He certainly seems to be quite the super-wolf. Although dubstep is not my favorite genre of electronic music (I prefer electro-funk and future-synth/nu-disco), the idea of a wolf that is able produce the wawawawawawawa effect of dubstep is extremely interesting, and I certainly hope that I get the chance to meet him someday.

Your additional wolf drawing of the lonesome lupine standing in the snow is very pleasing as well. I feel like the peacefulness and quietude display in this piece creates a nice juxtaposition when viewed in conjunction withe the “rowdier” illustration of the Sonic Dubstep Wolf. All things considered, both these illustrations are special to me for a variety of reasons, but instead of waxing eloquent on the nature of the illustrations, themselves, I would prefer to answer the questions that you thoughtfully included in your letter.

1. What is your favorite type of wolf?

Asking this question is tantamount to asking a loving mother to choose which child is her favorite. In truth, all wolves are precious to me in their own way. I love the classic universality of the Grey Wolf. I love the dark mystery of the Hudson Bay Wolf. I love the earnest look of the Interior Alaskan Wolf, the purity of the Mackenzie Valley Wolf, the primal nature of the Honshu Wolf, and the strangeness of the Golden Jackal. I love them one. I love them all. I’m sorry that I cannot be more specific than this in identifying my favorite. I suppose I never will be able to pinpoint one wolf that reigns supreme among them all in my heart, but I can tell you that lately I have been particularly drawn to studying the Alexander Archipelago Wolf.

2. Do you know a lot about wolves?

I wish I could say that I was an expert in all things lupine, but this is simply not true. My obsession largely lies with their aesthetic appeal, although I must say that I do find the scientific study of them very intriguing. In some ways I am afraid to delve too deeply into the realm of objective wolf education. While I do (perhaps) possess a lupine knowledge that surpasses that of your average person, I am afraid that studying too deeply would cause a portion of my passion to be sacrificed. In short, one of the aspects of the wolf that I enjoy most is its mystery, and at this point, I am simply not ready to give up that alluring secretive appeal for cold, hard fact.

Thanks again, Corbin and Josh. I hope these answering have been satisfying. Please write back soon.

Post Scriptum: I hope you enjoyed the picture of the wolf that I sent to you in return.