• David Thomsen
    March 12, 2009

    I love that ‘you’re jealous’ comment. I’ve heard it used a lot of times as an excuse to disregard criticism of anything some people value and others don’t.

    “I think your SUV is dangerous and unnecessary… I find your petty name-dropping of minor celebrities extremely obnoxious… I don’t like the way no one can be published in New Zealand without attending your creative writing course…”

    (But really I’m jealous because I can’t afford one one, I don’t know anyone and I got rejected from it.)

  • Luke
    March 12, 2009

    This is pretty wonderful.

    Though I must say that listening to music anywhere has really done the exact opposite for human communication. Imagine all the small conversations replaced by people with headphones on the daily commute… in many ways, smalltalk in general has been drastically downsized by the increased ease and options for having something constantly in your ears.

    Great job!

  • Oliver
    March 12, 2009

    I am currently considering to wear my isolating earphones without music on so I can read without being nauseated by what is left of smalltalk in public transportation. If I listen to other people too much I get the feeling that pregnant drinking is more popular that one would think.

  • Jaegermeister
    March 12, 2009

    Sandwiches! Brilliant!

    Makes me want to call Jimmy Johns because my house is on fire….

  • ben
    March 12, 2009

    i would like to share this with my friends on facebook with minimal effort… could you add one of those share widgets to your page please?

  • Dorothy
    March 12, 2009

    If you would be so kind as to point me to a specific widget I’ll give it a look.

  • sarah
    March 12, 2009

    “in many ways, smalltalk in general has been drastically downsized by the increased ease and options for having something constantly in your ears.”

    I think this is nostalgia for an invented past. Headphones or no headphones, people in big cities generally don’t engage one another and “connect” in small, crowded public spaces like trains. It’s uncomfortable.

  • Chris L
    March 12, 2009

    Not only is it uncomfortable, but it can be argued that it’s a little unfair to both yourself and the person you’re talking to – most people only have so much time for meaningful social relationships, so small talk just ends up dangling the prospect of a relationship that neither party will probably continue. That, and small talk is boring.

  • Oliver
    March 12, 2009

    Sarah, “nostalgia for an invented past”, I like that one :)

  • P
    March 13, 2009

    still on the odd occasions that you do talk to someone on a train or bus, its always satisfying- although generally this only happens when there are horrible delays, so I suppose that can outweigh the enjoyment…

  • Phil
    March 13, 2009

    Should I feel guity for reading this on an iphone?

    Because I don’t.

  • dennis
    March 13, 2009

    Regarding small talk on public transport:
    As a bus driver (thank you graduate degree and kickass economy) I used to be disturbed by how soul-crushingly boring most people’s conversations are. (Yes, I listen in, although I pretend not to.) But I find that I have become really interested in the small talk of the crazy people and the homeless that regularly ride the bus. It’s basically the same as everyone else’s small talk, but the continuity of our “relationship” has somehow made their boring chatter much more compelling to me than the chatter of the less regular bus riders. Which still doesn’t mean that I want to join in.

  • Nny
    March 13, 2009

    no,phil it just means your human, and better equipped to share more of your humanity with anyone anywhere. and there are people jealous of your display of affluance.

  • Wayne
    March 13, 2009


  • Jonathan
    March 14, 2009

    I can’t imagine envying anything human.

  • Nny
    March 14, 2009

    hmmm,im pretty sure i mean “affluence.” stupid english language. now im not sure. i hereby whatsoeverith declareding war on english-like vocalbury

  • Luke
    March 14, 2009

    I wasn’t really arguing that all smalltalk is good communication (or communication at all). Of course it can be bad, and often. It just seems that smalltalk being replaced by an isolated listening experience would mean less communication in general.

    ..unless you’re going to have some sort of meaningful revelation on said commute based on a combination of music/media/internet and visual stimulus, and then you blog or something similar. In which case it’s not really a loss of communication, just more voyeuristic? I should stop thinking about this.

  • Andy Lee
    March 15, 2009

    In the social circles I move in, which I admit are very small and tend to be pro-iPhone, I’ve never heard anyone accuse an iPhone-hater of being jealous. I would consider it a pretty lame accusation, but no more lame than calling someone a mindless fanboy because they happen to love a particular piece of design+technology.

  • Treon Verdery
    March 15, 2009

    I borrowed some famous singer to suggest that people put their grievances online at youtube then have software use a truth detection algorithm on them so lawyers could create winnable jurygenic cases against corrupt governments its kind of like communication Plus I made it at a library

  • Sarah
    March 16, 2009

    yeah but it’s not ‘less communication’ if there isn’t communication going on to begin with.

    though maybe canada is just a cold and unfriendly place…who knows. maybe y’all talk to each other a lot more elsewhere.

  • Steph
    March 21, 2009

    I suppose you can’t consider San Francisco a very big city, but when conversation strikes on a bus here, it’s more likely that one or two more strangers in the vicinity will join in. I’ve never had a dull talk with a stranger on a train.

  • Laneie
    March 23, 2009

    is it just me, or has cat packed on a few pounds?

  • Emma James
    April 5, 2009

    A lot of the characters have softened ’round the edges. Maybe it’s age. Or ramen-centric lifestyles.

    Maybe Dorothy is just trying to make me feel better.

  • wow
    July 2, 2009

    dont forget a bucket of paint with your sandwich, cat

  • Dreaming Pixel
    October 16, 2009

    The last panel not only made me laugh aloud, outright CACKLE. Good Job Dorothy!

  • Eddie
    February 2, 2010

    Sandwiches ARE more human than comunication.

  • Atropos
    January 5, 2011

    I like that Girl answered her own question. Also, sandwiches.

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