I Can’t Define Art, But I Know It When I See it: Or, See You in the Funny Papers

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Jan Kaarsvlam has recently discovered a new genre that he would like to call “graphic novels.” He is excited to expand the concept to include “graphic grocery lists,” “graphic memos,” “graphic lesson plans,” and “graphic comic books.” He can even imagine a day in which the written word is dispensed with entirely, a world in which discourse is performed via “graphic graphics.” This month’s column, a look at the professional reading habits of Bedlam Christian High’s teachers, is his opening gambit (and perhaps also his swansong) in moving toward that brave new world.