Live and learn, I always say, live and learn... today, I learned that beloved comedic actor Fred Gwynne (I think his best role was the judge in My Cousin Vinny, although, being a horndog, I think Marisa Tomei walked away with the movie- hubba hubba!) was a painter of hilarious, surreal artworks and the author/illustrator of what appear to be funny, slightly snarky children's books. Why did nobody tell me that the guy was a Renaissance man? At his best, Gwynne rivals B. Kliban (a personal fave of mine) in terms of smart, funny surrealism. I think this is brilliant. I think I might have to track down copies of his books now, my initial impression is that they're clever.
Also, I never knew the guy could sing:
Now, if only he had been a good stalwart lefty, my admiration of the man would be even higher.