The Pudgie, controversy already!

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.

3 thoughts on “The Pudgie, controversy already!

  1. Anonymous

    I like the ervings actually. i think the name erving is a loveable name…it has a rat pack manager feel…also you can salute a fellow canadian by naming them after mr goffman and that he was interested in more of the visible aspects of culture and how they worked seems somewhat less intimidating than winning, say, an “emile” (not a loveable name) or a “jurgen” (similarly unpalatable)

  2. Anonymous

    Have you thought of calling it the “C by C award” ? It has a nice sound and does speak to the origin.. But..

  3. Rosey

    “Pudgie” for your award ..the way you describe ‘what it means’
    is ‘perfect!

    I named my dear friend, Pudgie (1.5 yrs. before I read this) He emcompasses ALL the traits
    you descibed in all paragraphs/pgs.
    re: the meaning of a “Pudgie”

    …”creative, full of possibility,
    captures idea of generousity
    w/ out taking himbvself too seriously,
    wondeful by form, familiar by name,
    ‘Pudgie w/ promise of new & interesting

    Wow!!!…exactly who my friend ‘Pudgie’
    is ~ like.

    Thanks, ‘Rosey’

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