Art That Brings Out the Kid in Us

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Ross has a great little piece on the “strange beauty of paleo art.” He links to Echoes from the Antediluvian, a delightful blog where Benjamin Chandler uses a piece of paleo art as a weekly writing prompt. Chandler captions the above illustration:

An egg is not a child, but rather the potential for one. Still, Wendiceratops wants as much potential as possible. The monitor wants lunch. There is no way to reconcile the two desires, and loss and lunch transpire in a short, muddy-nosed act despite one party’s vigilance.

A reader volunteers a caption for the main illustration for Ross’s piece, created by Simon Stålenhag, a professional artist:

“I don't know,” said the T-Rex. “You’ve captured my dynamism, my ferocity, my gargantuan appetite for flesh. But, it’s missing something. I guess I was hoping my sensitive side would come through more. I think about things, you know. Like, what it all means, all this eating and stomping about. Where does it end? And how?”

If your kids have some dino drawings you want to share, send them my way and I’ll post. Promise not to give them the Maddox treatment.