Return to Busytown


“If your job wasn’t performed by a cat or a boa constrictor in a Richard Scarry book, I’m not sure I believe it’s necessary,” said Tim Kreider in 2012, his point being that most modern jobs are as pointless as they are dull.

Well, Tom the Dancing Bug has responded by showing how a Richard Scarry book might look if Busytown had been populated by the kind of dot-eyed, uncreative twerps they’d like us to be.

Remember, this is not inevitable! You can do anything you fancy! Life is absurd! You are free!

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Robert Wringham is the editor of New Escapologist. He also writes books and articles. Read more at

2 Responses to “Return to Busytown”

  1. Gavin Macfie says:

    Just happened upon your site after a tip from David at Raptitude.

    I’ve wondered myself what a modern day interpretation of Richard Scarry might look like. It’s great to see the idea brought to life with artistic skill and humour.

  2. Hi Gavin! Welcome. We generally hold here that modern jobs are demeaning and dull and the Scarry spoof does a good job of illustrating that, I think. The most important thing to remember is that life doesn’t have to be this way: freedom and joy are ours if we want them.

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