33 Extra Minutes with Ed Greb

Professor Edward M. Greb, June 16, 1933 ~ January 18, 2021 (age 87)
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I got to spend an additional 33 minutes on my iPad in Sketch Club with Dr. Greb this Spring morning. He played quite an influential role in my personal growth and early professional development. His Introduction to Anthropology course there at Washington & Jefferson College was my introduction to anthropology in real life. In his syllabus he quoted Don Quijote de La Mancha, which I was reading in Spanish for the first time that same semester. He gracefully escorted me into the early stages of adulthood.

Is there an anthropologist in the house?

Here I am in the Firestone waiting room again, and it’s an expensive wait. I brought my iPad and just started drawing one the ideas that I have listed on my Evernote list of drawing ideas. The item on the list was this: an anthropologist saying, I’d like to talk to you about your familiarity. The great Gary Larson has done some funny cartoons about anthropologists in tribal contexts. So, I knew I wanted to underscore the relative absurdity by using a contemporary, family, living room setting.

Half way through the drawing my stylus had a flat. This is, as they say, a whole nother story, this topic of styluses. I’m using some pretty basic styluses, nothing battery operated or fancy. They’re built in such a way that the tip isn’t really a tip; it’s a bulbus nubby kind of tip-ish sort of thing made of some sort of special material and meant to impersonate the finger…a small finger. At any rate, my rounded, bulb of a nub kinda went flat.

Now I know I need to carry a back up, especially when I’m in a waiting room.

Behind the scenes here is the notion of “familiarity.” I’m not knocking anthropologists. Familiarity is a tricky concept. There is something to be said of the unique role that anthropologists play in facilitating the familiarization of familiarity, not unlike the role of a midwife in some respects.

This time, because of the flat stylus, I spent very little digital attention on the faces. I kinda’ like that effect. I’ll try that again on purpose.

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