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(Gizmodo)   How one person became a tech writer, thanks to Calvin & Hobbes   ( gizmodo.com) divider line
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2012-12-26 09:07:58 PM  
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I broke open my old C&H books just a few weeks ago and read some of them -- the first time I'd done so in damn near 20 years.

They're still funny, but this time I regarded them with a more seasoned and mature perspective: Calvin is a certified schizophrenic.

It's played for laughs that he sees Hobbes (and snowmen and the cardboard box and everything else) differently than others and its mostly just chalked up to having a harmless yet occasionally destructive imagination, but when Calvin carries on in his fantasy world and never breaks character, is never talked or reasoned out of it, and each new input stimuli -- from his parents to teachers and other authority figures -- simply reinforces his fantasy narrative instead of snapping him out of it, there is a seriously deep, highly sinister and very disturbing mind inside that head of his.

He simply cannot distinguish between reality and his psychosis. He's not pretending that Hobbes is alive, he thinks that Hobbes really IS alive and moreover, that he habitually gets into fights with and frequently loses to. Even in the presence of others, he carries on conversations and interactions with Hobbes as if Hobbes is a living thing.

Watterson always played off the nature of Hobbes' identity as "Calvin sees Hobbes one way and everyone sees Hobbes a different way", but that's a very understated way to say that Calvin is legitimately insane.

But what is Hobbes really? Well, the answer's obvious: Hobbes is Tyler Durdin.
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