Sylvia Plath liked to doodle in her diaries, creating illustrations of her life, her dreams, and in this case, her nightmare about being chased by a hot dog and a marshmallow.
[via Kool Things]
David Foster Wallace
David Foster Wallace draws on Cormac McCarthy’s face. We doubt those glasses and fangs are anything less than respectful.
Nabokov’s drawings and annotations on the first page of Kafka’s the Metamorphosis. He certainly had some thoughts about the language – or at least the translation.
[via Space in Text]
Also, Nabokov’s doodles of (what else?) butterflies on (what else?) a notecard.
And of course, Kafka’s own doodles, many of which have made their way into his books, particularly the man at the desk. Poor Franz.
Beckett’s doodles from the “Watt” notebooks are as weird and wide as his writing.
When recipients were willing, Ginsberg would often inscribe books with a little something extra. We’re not sure what to make of all the “AH”s – anyone know? Our best guess: the seed syllable ‘ah’ in ‘Om Ah Hum’.
[via Poet’s Path]
Okay, so these are more than idle doodles – they’re instructions to Twain’s printer regarding the weather indicators he drew at the start of each chapter, “to save the space usually devoted to explanations of the state of the weather in books of this kind.” Always thinking, that Mark Twain.
From Miller’s insomniac period. Definitely the creations of an over-excited mind.
Vonnegut’s doodles are well known, as they have been incorporated into many editions of his work and are even serving as elements of the covers in recent printings. However, that doesn’t make them any less great. You know what that asterisk is.
This doodle is attached to a letter he wrote to the Sycamore Review, published in issue 3.2. We have no idea what it is supposed to be. A “good doggie”? A guy with a big nose and a bottle of whiskey? We don’t know.
[via Sycamore Review]
Jorge Luis Borges
Borges’ self-portrait, drawn after he had gone blind.
Any theories on our doodlers or famous doodles we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments!