A couple of months ago while at The New Yorker’s offices at One World Trade Center, cartoonist Liza Donnelly took this photo of a Peter Arno New Yorker cover hanging in a hallway. There are more Arnos hanging around the magazine’s new digs, but this particular spot is my favorite as there’s also a cover by James Thurber (at the far left) and one by Mary Petty. Not shown: a Charles Addams cover just to Arno’s right. These covers from another era at the magazine hanging in the brand new offices of The New Yorker reinforce my belief that there is and has always been an electric current at the magazine, racing from this very second back to 1925 and then sizzling right back to this very second again.
Peter Arno: The Mad Mad World of The New Yorker’s Greatest Cartoonist will be in bookstores on Tuesday, April 19th. By special arrangement with the publisher, copies will also be available at tomorrow night’s event.