This is excellent reading for anyone who has had to slog through contemporary literary or social theory--or, I should say, Theory.
On a related note, the second volume of the Fantagraphics series putting out all of the Peanuts strips has come out, covering 1953-1954. The strip has not yet hit its stride, characters are still defining themselves, and there aren't many continuity series yet, but the destinctive Peanuts voice--the neuroses and petty inhumanities of existence through the prism of childhood--is really starting to come through. Also, this is when Pig-Pen appears.
It's interesting the timeline we apply to Peanuts. Four years in, and people describe this period as still not being the "mature" Peanuts of its golden age--which is of course correct, but I wonder how many comics have gotten so long to find themselves? Calvin and Hobbes was over and done with in ten years, after all--and in Peanuts, Peppermint Patty (who most people would call an important character) didn't appear until almost 14 years into the strip's history. Dilbert has been around for 14 years and there's talk of it being past its prime. (And maybe it is.)
I'm not sure we'll ever see a fifty-year run again, and that's a shame.