Mental Radio, by Upton Sinclair, , at sacred-texts.com
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):
For the above my wife wrote: "I see a chain dangling from somethingresembling little chimney pot on top of house."
And here is design for which the comment
was: "These somehow belong together but won't get together" (figs. 101, 101a):
Here is a fan, with comment: "Inside seems irregular, as if cloth draped or crumpled" (figs. 102, 102a):
Here is a one-half success (figs. 103, 103a):
Here is a broom, drawn by my secretary (fig. 104),
and several efforts to reproduce it (figs. 104a, 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):
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):
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
doing the drawing. She guessed something else, and wrote: "Turned into pig's head, then rabbit's" (figs. 108, 108a):
Next, this bat, with very striking comment.
[paragraph continues] "Looks like ear-shaped something," and again: "Looks like calla lily" (figs. 109, 109a):
A butterfly net (fig. 110, 110a).
A key (figs. 111, 111a):
This highly humorous sunrise (figs. 112, 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
does appear to be standing on water (figs. 114, 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
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):
Nor the next one (figs. 117, 117a):
The comment on this caterpillar was: "Fork then garden toollawn 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):
In the following case I drew sixteen stars,
and you may count and see that Craig got twelve of them, and made up the difference with a moon! (figs. 119, 119a):
Comment on the following: "Looks like a monkey wrench, but it may be a yardstick" (figs. 120, 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
less snake-like than my drawing. Her comment was: "I feel that it is a snake crawling out of somethingvivid feeling of snake, but it looks like a cat's tail" (figs. 122, 122a):
I drew a wall-hook to hang your coat on (figs. 123, 123a):
A design, evidently felt as a design, though not well got (figs. 124, 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
Here is a love story which seems to go wrong, the hearts being turned to opposition (figs. 126, 126a):
Here is the flag, made simpler"e pluribus unum!" (figs. 127, 127a):
Here is a cow, as seen by the cubists. Comment: "Something sending out long lines from it" (figs. 128, 128a):
Telegraph wires, apparently seen as waves in the ether (figs. 129, 129a):
Comment on the following: "Horns. Can't see what they are attached to" (figs. 130, 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):