Hogg’s Glum Picnic (and Nobody Cares)

Hogg’s Glum Picnic (and Nobody Cares)

Glum! The Isles of Scilly, usually clement, but this picnic is cold. It’s perfect for a glum family on a short vacation to see off Edward, who is about to leave for a new job of combating AIDS and promoting safe sex in Africa. There is some levity, a few smiles, but...
Zelda Fitzgerald’s A Mad Tea Party Picnic

Zelda Fitzgerald’s A Mad Tea Party Picnic

It’s a thoroughly unpicnicky attitude that animates Zelda Fitzgerald’s A Mad Tea-Party. There are empty tea cups and an empty wicker basket. The title alludes to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, but this is not satire, and the hectic imagery is unlike the Hatter’s...
Toulouse-Lautrec’s Pierrot

Toulouse-Lautrec’s Pierrot

The Picnic [Le Pique-Nique] was probably suggested to Henri Toulouse-Lautrec by a production at the Theatre des Funanmbules, Paris. The subject is the clown Pierrot, with whom Lautrec identified as a man who does not get the true affection of the woman he loves.  As...
Bousquet’s Pierrot is Dispirited

Bousquet’s Pierrot is Dispirited

Auguste Bouquet’s Le repas de Pierrot looks like a picnic, though according to French usage a pique-nique was an indoor meal. Bouquet’s Pierrot celebrates the actor Jean-Gaspard Deburau of the Théâtre des Funambules‎ (Theater of the Tightrope Walkers]. the most...
Charles Bukowski’s “Some Picnic “

Charles Bukowski’s “Some Picnic “

Charles Bukowski’s “Some Picnic ” is mean-spirited –what a picnic ought not to be. I rank it among the most unpleasant and psychologically cruel. When Bukowski says he, his girlfriend Jane and his parents picnicked and “made a...