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Mental Radio, by Upton Sinclair, [1930], at

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The casual reader may be bored by too many of these drawings, but they are easy to skip, or to take in at a glance, and there may be students who will want to examine them carefully. So I will add a selection of the significant drawings, with only brief remarks. I begin with what I have called partial successes, and then add a few more of those I have called "complete."

Let us return to the early drawings, made by my secretary. On the automobile ride to Pasadena, there was an ash-can (fig. 100):

Fig. 100

For the above my wife wrote: "I see a chain dangling from something—resembling little chimney pot on top of house."

And here is design for which the comment

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was: "These somehow belong together but won't get together" (figs. 101, 101a):

Fig. 101, Fig. 101a

Here is a fan, with comment: "Inside seems irregular, as if cloth draped or crumpled" (figs. 102, 102a):

Fig. 102, Fig. 102a

Here is a one-half success (figs. 103, 103a):

Fig. 103, Fig. 103a

Here is a broom, drawn by my secretary (fig. 104),

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and several efforts to reproduce it (figs. 104a, 104b):

Fig. 104, Fig. 104a, Fig. 104b

The comments accompanying these drawings read: "All I'm sure of is a straight line with something curved at end of it; once it came" (here is drawing of the flower). "Then it doubled, or reappeared, I don't know which. (Am not sure of curly edges.) Then it was upside down."

The next drawing was a heart, and my wife got the upper half with what are apparently blood-drops added (figs. 105, 105a):

Fig. 105, Fig. 105a

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The above is interesting, as suggesting that whatever agency furnished the information knew more than it was telling. For if Craig's drawing, a pair of curves, constituted a crude letter N, or had no significance, why add the blood-drops, which were not in the original? On the other hand, if her subconscious mind knew it was a heart, why not give her the whole heart, and let her draw it?

So much for the drawings of my secretary; and now for my own early drawings. When I was a school boy, we used to represent human figures in this way; and, as you see, Craig got the essentials (figs. 106, 106a):

Fig. 106, Fig. 106a

Several weeks later, I drew a pair of such figures in action and the comment was: "It's a whirligig of some sort" (figs. 107, 107a).

After the following drawing, Craig asked me not to do any more hands, for the reason that she "got" this, but thought it was my own hand

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Fig. 107, Fig. 107a

doing the drawing. She guessed something else, and wrote: "Turned into pig's head, then rabbit's" (figs. 108, 108a):

Fig. 108, Fig. 108a

Next, this bat, with very striking comment.

Fig. 109, Fig. 109a

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[paragraph continues] "Looks like ear-shaped something," and again: "Looks like calla lily" (figs. 109, 109a):

A butterfly net (fig. 110, 110a).

Fig. 110, Fig. 110a

A key (figs. 111, 111a):

Fig. 111, Fig. 111a

This highly humorous sunrise (figs. 112, 112a):

Fig. 112, Fig. 112a

A carnation which came after the preceding drawing, and apparently had been anticipated in the "sunrise" (figs. 113, 113a).

Note that this camp-stool, as I drew it, really

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Fig. 113, Fig. 113a

does appear to be standing on water (figs. 114, 114a):

Fig. 114, Fig. 114a

For this little waiter, who follows, no drawing was made by my wife. Her written comment was: "I see at once the profile of human

Fig. 115

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face. Am interrupted by radio tune. Something makes me think of a cow. Now see two things sticking out like horns" (figs. 115).

The following had no comment (figs. 116, 116a):

Fig. 116, Fig. 116a

Nor the next one (figs. 117, 117a):

Fig. 117, Fig. 117a

The comment on this caterpillar was: "Fork —then garden tool—lawn rake. Leaf." I might add that we have a lawn-rake made of bristly bamboo, which looks very much like my drawing (figs. 118, 118a):

Fig. 118, Fig. 118a

In the following case I drew sixteen stars,

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and you may count and see that Craig got twelve of them, and made up the difference with a moon! (figs. 119, 119a):

Fig. 119, Fig. 119a

Comment on the following: "Looks like a monkey wrench, but it may be a yardstick" (figs. 120, 120a):

Fig. 120, Fig. 120a

In the next one, the curve of the worm is amusingly reproduced by the bird's neck. The comment added: "But it may be a snake." Craig says this is an example of how one part of the drawing comes to her, and then, in haste, her memory-trains and associations supply what they think should be the rest (figs. 121, 121a).

The umbrella brings up Craig's reptile "complex" again. I assure you that in her garden, she turns sticks into snakes when they are far

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Fig. 121, Fig. 121a

less snake-like than my drawing. Her comment was: "I feel that it is a snake crawling out of something—vivid feeling of snake, but it looks like a cat's tail" (figs. 122, 122a):

Fig. 122, Fig. 122a

I drew a wall-hook to hang your coat on (figs. 123, 123a):

Fig. 123, Fig. 123a

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A design, evidently felt as a design, though not well got (figs. 124, 124a):

Fig. 124, Fig. 124a

A screw, with comment: "light-house or tower. Too fat at base." If Craig's drawing were made narrower at base, it would reproduce the screw very well. Note that in the right-hand "tower" the screw-like effect of the "set backs" is kept (figs. 125, 125a):

Fig. 125, Fig. 125a
Fig. 125, Fig. 125a

Here is a love story which seems to go wrong, the hearts being turned to opposition (figs. 126, 126a):

Fig. 126, Fig. 126a

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Here is the flag, made simpler—"e pluribus unum!" (figs. 127, 127a):

Fig. 127, Fig. 127a

Here is a cow, as seen by the cubists. Comment: "Something sending out long lines from it" (figs. 128, 128a):

Fig. 128, Fig. 128a

Telegraph wires, apparently seen as waves in the ether (figs. 129, 129a):

Fig. 129, Fig. 129a

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Comment on the following: "Horns. Can't see what they are attached to" (figs. 130, 130a):

Fig. 130, Fig. 130a

And here is a parrot turned into a leaf, with comment. "See veins and stem with sharp vivid bend in it"—which seems to indicate a sense of the parrot's beak (figs. 131, 131a):

Fig. 131, Fig. 131a

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