Calvin Grondahl Utah and All That Jazz

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Utah and All That Jazz

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 Welcome to the surreal world of best selling cartoonist Cal Grondahl. Through his R. Crumm-like visions, he introduces us to the state’s “Anti-Pleasure Patrol” and its motto, “To Protect You From Yourself”; through hyperopic images we witness latter-day gulls attacking hordes of Utah deer hunters; we visit “Park City, Colorado,” which boasts the least cultural ties to the Beehive State; we see the first structure built in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847–a pioneer basketball court to proselyte Indians; and we find out why some Utahns insist on leaving to “escape extreme sensory deprivation.” Once again Grondahl successfully lampoons America’s favorite twilight zone–that stretch of emptiness between Nevada and Colorado.

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 Calvin Grondahl is the editorial cartoonist for the Standard Examiner in Ogden, Utah. He is the author of Faith Promoting Rumors, Freeway to Perfection, Sunday’s Foyer, Utah and All That Jazz, and Utah: Sex and Travel Guide, as well as the illustrator of Saintspeak: The Mormon Dictionary and Music and the Broken Word: Songs for Alternate Voices. His first employment after graduating from Brigham Young University (and the campus Daily Universe) was with the LDS church-owned Deseret News, where he stayed for several years before landing his spot with the Examiner.

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Think of Robin Williams on Valium, Woody Allen with a drawing pencil. Think of angst and a raging, wandering right brain. Envision that and you'll have some basis for beginning to understand this bearded fellow sitting at the end of a pencil, his mind aswirl with images of the angel Moroni whispering into the ear of the State Legislature, of armored men taking names and kicking butt down at the ice cream parlor because of the ice cream with the rum in it, of pug-nosed waifs in diapers and clean-shaven Mormon men with spectacles but no eyes. The name is Cal Grondahl, if it isn't already obvious, that cartoonist with the voice that is singularly and, often, peculiarly Utah. His newest examination of life in the Beehive State, Utah and All That Jazz, came out last week. His fifth book and the first that is not on strictly a Mormon theme, it takes his trademark jab at that part of the country where the waiters are named Levi where an alternative lifestyle means having no children where liquor is as naughty as sex where they shoot Democrats, don't they? --Vanessa Zimmer, Ogden Standard Examiner

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