Sneakily taking the hinges off the doors of perception

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L.I. Underhill is a media critic and historian specializing in pop culture, with a focus on science fiction (especially Star Trek) and video games. Their projects include a critical history of Star Trek told through the narrative of a war in time, a “heretical” history of The Legend of Zelda series and a literary postmodern reading of Jim Davis' Garfield.


  1. John G. Wood
    December 8, 2016 @ 10:22 am

    I must say I wasn’t particularly excited by the thought of a series of essays on Garfield, but I’ve enjoyed them all so far. It boggles me how much you can get out of a short strip!

    Can I ask what prompted you to start Permanent Saturday? I always thought your next target was going to be Scooby Doo…


    • Josh Marsfelder
      December 12, 2016 @ 5:38 am

      The biggest inspiration was actually Chris Stangl’s Permanent Monday blog, which I link to up there. I’ve always been a big fan of Garfield, and his blog showed me how to read it in an entirely new way. But Chris’ reading of the strip is (and he admits this), rather cynical. I wanted to tease out some more of the optimism in Garfield, hence the name Permanent Saturday instead of Monday.

      Well, and also it’s a reference to Garfield and Friends.

      Chris Stangl’s blog stooped updating many years ago, and I felt I could perhaps pick up where he left off. This was never supposed to be my “next big project” as it were: I thought this would just be a good chance for me to explain the way Garfield works, as I think it’s quite frequently badly misread, and I figured this would be a series I could bang out an entry for when I was short on time and I had nothing else for the week. It seems to have grown into something rather larger than that, however.

      As for Scooby-Doo…That’s something I’ve found I seem to have significantly less to say about then I initially thought I did. I might still do something with it at some point down the line, but it won’t be an episode-by-episode serialized blog project.


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