Noel Sickles’s Old Man and the Sea

As we noted in our previous post, Ernest Hemingway’s masterpiece “The Old Man and the Sea” has been visualized by artists all over the world in a wide variety of media. To begin with, the initial publication of Hemingway’s novella in Life magazine was illustrated by Noel Douglas Sickles, a North American cartoonists and illustrator who created 18 two-tone drawings for Hemingway’s novella based on photos shot by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Here is a comprehensive listing of Noel Sickles’s drawingsall page references are to the September 1, 1952 edition of Life:

  • Santiago and Manolin walking toward the shore (pp. 36-37) (pictured below)
  • Santiago dreaming of lions (p. 38)
  • A bird flying through the sky (p. 39)
  • Santiago aboard the skiff (p. 40)
  • Three flying fish (p. 41)
  • A small bird perched on Santiago’s fishing line (p. 42)
  • Santiago and the great marlin (p. 43)
  • Arm wrestling flashback (p. 44)
  • Two fish (p. 45)
  • A close-up of Santiago’s hands (pp. 46-47)
  • A close-up of Santiago’s harpoon (p. 48)
  • Santiago battling the great marlin (p. 49)
  • The first shark (p. 50)
  • Santiago battling the sharks (p. 51)
  • A close-up of the point of Santiago’s spear (p. 51)
  • Two sharks (p. 52)
  • The carcass of Santiago’s marlin (p. 53)
  • Santiago carrying the mast of his skiff on his back (p. 54)

In short, Hemingway used words to tell his fable of the old Cuban fisherman and his heroic ordeal, but his timeless story can also be told in pictures. We shall see many more visualizations of the characters, scenes, and events in Hemingway’s novella in our next few posts.

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The old man and the artist: visualizing Hemingway’s novella

The Old Man and the Sea is not only the last major piece of literary fiction by Ernest Hemingway that was published during his lifetime; it’s also one of the most famous and best-selling works of North American literature of all time. Moreover, beginning with the original publication of Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea in the September 1, 1952 edition of Life magazine (pictured below), many of the characters, scenes, and events in Hemingway’s novella have been illustrated by a wide variety of artists in a wide variety of media over the years. Stay tuned: my next few blog posts will survey a subset or sampling of these various visualizations of The Old Man and the Sea in chronological order.

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Stable equilibrium? (Kashmir edition)

After all, the perpetual conflict between India and Pakistan over the greater Kashmir area goes back to 1947. Also, check out this report, dated 8 July 2012, published in The Economist: Continue reading

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Visualization of data (W. E. B. Du Bois edition)

Did you know that the great North American activist, author, and scholar W. E. B. Du Bois was also a pioneer in the field of data visualization? Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Britt Rusert have collected Du Bois’s beautiful data portraits, including the one pictured below, in their new book W.E.B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America. (Hat tip: kottke.)

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The true costs of government subsidies?

Economics professor Mark Perry (@Mark_J_Perry) recently posted an updated chart (pictured below) of price changes of certain consumer goods and services in the U.S. In summary, his chart shows falling prices for free-market goods like TV sets and toys as well as rising prices for such publicly-subsidized services as health care and higher education.

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Who wore it best? (MAGA hat versus BLM button edition)

In case you are visiting from another planet, Make America Great Again” (#MAGA) was one of Donald J. Trump’s slogans during the 2016 presidential campaign, while Black Lives Matter” (#BLM) refers to a grassroots movement in support of people of color. Yet for some strange reason, many heavy-handed judges and school administrators want to ban these expressive articles of clothing from their courthouses and schools. Geesh! Whatever happened to the live-and-let-live rule?

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Battle of the brands

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