Should We Just Give Up?

I’m sure you can think of a lot of things that make you just want to give up. Whitney Darrow, Jr. could certainly sympathize. He was a midcentury cartoonist whose work appeared in The New Yorker, among other places.

These panels are from a 1966 collection, and many of them are strangely apropos to the world of today (including one priceless zinger).  So is the title of the book, which is “Give Up?” — CC

13 Comments on "Should We Just Give Up?"

  1. Today, blues legend BB King would’ve been 94 years old. His life and music was a testament to not giving up:

  2. C,

    Thanks for the laughs. Good stuff.

    As Buffett sings, “If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.”

    Cheers, BC

  3. Not that it matters to his incisive social commentary,
    but Darrow went to Princeton.

  4. Splendid commentary! These are a collective comment on our times. Timeless?

  5. Dylan Forrester | September 16, 2019 at 11:09 pm |

    Considering the fact that nothing seems to have changed since these cartoons appeared, we should certainly give up.

  6. The more things change, the more they remain the same.

  7. Wonderfully prescient! Judging by the way most of society presents themselves in 2019, it’s fair to say they HAVE already given up before even starting. That is certainly the impression given.

    Best Regards,


  8. Charlottesville | September 17, 2019 at 9:59 am |

    Delightful. As Christian and others have pointed out, they are as fresh and apropos as the day they were first published. But, give up? On Ivy style? Never! It’s far too much fun.

  9. When I start to despair, I remember an article I read that said the oldest recovered text writing (as opposed to inventories, lists, etc.) referred to olden times when things were better.

  10. NCJack:
    To judge by these cartoons, times weren’t better.

  11. Oh wow! These are great! I need to ask Santa Claus to tuck this under the tree for me!

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