Sunday, May 01, 2005

Garfield Weighs In

From the diary: “March 10, 1982

“I went to the Big Santa Rosa Plaza last Saturday and got the newest Garfield book, Garfield Weighs In at one of the two bookstores there.”

Santa Rosa had just built a huge mall. They had a Waldenbooks and a B. Dalton’s. Mall bookstores. The whole huge mall thing was novel. Food courts. High ceilings. Escalators. Trees that never felt a breeze.

Garfield is probably as good a representative of mall culture as any – fat, repetitive, arrogant, a little insulting, and addictive.

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