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One of my favorite books as a student was To Kill a Mockingbird. The movie adaptation with Gregory Peck is great, too. A few weeks ago, a reader suggested the phrase “to mock a killingbird,” without any firm idea of how to use it. I liked it and quickly came up with this caption and image for it.
Another reader wrote saying that he liked the cartoon but that eagles catch their prey facing the same direction as they’re flying. That makes sense, I suppose, so I thanked him for his knowledge morsel.
I was inclined to draw the fish facing the same way as the bird, but reversed it in this case so that the caption would be on the right, which I liked better compositionally. But now that I look at it, it occurs to me that the fish isn’t face backward or forward, his body is perpendicular to the eagle’s. So they may be traveling the same direction as the fish when they nab them, but once in the air and they return their feet to their natural position, the fish faces sideways and it doesn’t matter which way its head is facing.
These the are the kinds of things I spend too much time thinking about.
Some interesting stuff about the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee:
She was a tomboy and a childhood friend of Truman Capote, who was the opposite of a tomboy. (a tinagirl?)
She worked as a reservations agent for an airline until she was in her thirties.
After having published only a handful of articles, she quit her job and wrote her first novel.
It won the Pulitzer Prize and was made into an Academy Award winning film.
She traveled with Capote to Kansas when he was writing In Cold Blood, another great book.
Aside from a couple of short essays, she never published again.
Capote did very little publishing after In Cold Blood, and nothing of any real note.
Both Harper and Capote had prehensile tails.
For more information on Harper Lee and Truman Capote, speak with your village elders.