Orbiting Dicta


Who is Silvia? what is she,
That all our swains commend her?
Holy, fair, and wise is she…

                        (William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act IV, Sc. 2)

“Sylvia” is also one of the funniest, wisest, sharpest, and best comic strips in the USA today.  It is about to be dropped from the Chicago Tribune on the slow, painful trek towards oblivion of a once fine daily newspaper.  Created by Chicago artist and creative genius, Nicole Hollander, Sylvia has brightened my morning for years.  Fortunately, those who grieve her departure from the Tribune to make room for a few more mindless, badly drawn, and un-funny strips will be able to find her on-line through various services.  Good hunting.

Then to Silvia let us sing,
That Silvia is excelling;
She excels each mortal thing
Upon the dull earth dwelling:
To her let us garlands bring.