There have been a couple of complaints from board members about the name Pudgie. Offensive to overweight people, said one. Too common, said the other.
I like Pudgie because the goddess of creativity is always voluptuous with possibility. “Pudgie” captures this idea of generosity without taking itself too seriously. I would love to have a Pudgie sitting on the edge of my desk, strangely beautiful by form, familiar by name.
Dinner with Guy and Simona tonight turned to alternatives. One group centered around creative women: Isadora Duncan, George Sand, Virginia Woolf. One group centered on classical sources: Venus, Cythera, even caryatid. I still like the idea of naming the award after one of the founders of the study of contemporary culture: Emile Durkheim, Erving Goffman or Lloyd Warner. But no one, and I mean no one, likes this idea.