小人读纽约客

纽约客是家里唯一订阅的实体杂志。每周一本,很多年了。
小人从很小就开始翻。翻了翻博客,最早记录是小人两岁时出现的。一开始貌似主要看封面。
2012 九月 15

纽约客:2012九月十日

Noah has taken an interest in the magazines lying around the house. Sometimes, he would pick up a copy, flip through the pages, and “read” for a few minutes. Mostly he was attached to a commercial insert of on the back cover, e.g. a close up of a classic watch, or some celebrity’s portrait. But this time he saw me reading it at the kitchen counter, and fell in love with this cover. He spent a good 2-3 minutes studying it, very seriously. ZM and I were amazed, wondering what he was thinking, what aspect of this cartoon that drew the attention of a two year old?
小人开始对这本家里到处都看得到杂志感兴趣了。有时他会自己拿起一本翻,甚至会“读”几分钟。他感兴趣的大多是广告插页,甚至封底广告,比方一块手表或者明星大头像。但是这次他看到我在厨房台子上看这本,突然爱上了这个封面,花了足足两三分钟研究它。周密和我都很惊讶,这个封面到底是什么地方吸引了一个两岁小人?

再次出现在我的博客里是一年半后,小朋友还不到四岁。

March 16, 2014

(Noah named everyone in this cover a friend of his at his pre-school class. He named the little boy on the bottom left wearing a “I HEART NY” tank top himself, and little beard dude to his right Daddy 小人给这个封面上的每个人物都按上他认识人的名字,大多是他学前班同学。左下角穿“我爱纽约”小背心的是他自己,旁边那个长胡子戴礼帽的是爹爹).

半年后,开始看卡通了

October 24, 2014
Last night after dinner. We sat together on the sofa and flipped through a few issues of recent “The New Yorker” magazine together. Noah liked its cartoon cover and the cartoons inside. He especially liked a recent cartoon depicting Mrs and Mr Potato Head, whom he had known from Toy Story trilogy and his own toys.
昨晚晚饭后。我们俩坐在沙发上一起看纽约客杂志。小人喜欢最近这本的封面和里面的卡通。尤其是下面这幅土豆先生和土豆夫人。这两个玩具他也有而且最近看过的玩具总动员三部曲里面也有他们这两个人物。

Then i flipped past a photograph of someone wearing a long black robe standing in the dark. Noah said, “May the force be with you.” I couldn’t believe my ears and doubled back, “what did you say? say it again.” He repeated it, “May the force be with you!” I was astonished! ZM didn’t understand what it meant (he never watched Star Wars before i showed it to Noah recently), so i had to explain to him. Noah listened with a knowing smile on his face.
Now Noah is a true star-wars-fan. “May the force be with you!”

卡通看了一阵子后开始注意到有些卡通下面有字,他会要我给他念,念完常常一头雾水,往往我跟他一样。纽约客的卡通本来就是以莫名其妙出名的呀!大人面对这些卡通也跟四岁小朋友很平等。

二年级后看卡通会自己读下面的注释了,不再需要我读给他。本期(4.23.2018)他最喜欢的卡通是这个没有注解的,笑得打跌,”用烤火鸡踢球!”

我昨天晚饭开始看这一期。小人明显已经全翻过了,一页页翻过去自己念每幅卡通下面的解释,突然很严肃的跟我说,这是个悲伤的”this one is sad.”

他指着下面的注解,一个字一个字念给我听,”We’ll offer them religion in exchange for food. If that doesn’t work, we’ll kill them and take their food in the name of religion.”念完了他说这些是坏人,他们要杀人。然后他问”religion(宗教) 是什麽?”
(”我们可以用宗教跟他们交换食物。如果行不通,我们就以宗教名义杀了他们再拿走他们的食物。” )