Hard to imagine now, but there was a guileless Bear of little Brain but quite a lot of Charm, before the folks at Disney got a hold of him. Indeed, he was a poet of some skill, conscious of the precariousness of the poetic endeavour:
Poetry and Hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you. And all you can do is to go where they can find you.
Thanks to the British publisher Egmont for putting out some faithful copies of the first Pooh books A. A. Milne put out in the 1920’s.
So declares Gordon MacKenzie; the title of this post is the entirety of Chapter 19 in his short, illustrated, and wonderful book, Orbiting the Giant Hairball. The titular “Hairball” is the modern corporation, with “Orbiting” being his suggested technique for surviving employment by one. His advice, gained from three decades at Hallmark? Keep a measured distance from the bureaucratic tangle that defines most companies, and do so by taking some risks and striving for originality. Hence his citing of the unlicensed Mr. Wright.
Thanks to Bob Sutton
for turning me on to this great book, worthy of buying for the illustrations alone.