Algonquin to close for renovations; Video: Joe Farris’s Soldier’s Sketchbook; Bob Mankoff on The New Yorker’s Cartoon Issue


From,  October 28,2011, “The Algonquin Hotel to Close This Winter for Renovations” ( post includes a nice photo of the Hotel’s  New Yorker cartoon wallpaper)

A short Youtube video about Joe Farris’s new book A Soldier’s Sketchbook.

From The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs, October 27, 2011, “The New Yorker’s ‘Cartoon Issue’: Bob Mankoff lets us peek behind the scenes”



Video: Paul Noth; Eli Stein celebrates Al Ross’s 100th; New Book: a Wolcott Gibbs anthology

From a blog by Peter McGraw, October 26, 2011, “Will these cartoons be funny in other countries?” – this post, including a short video of an interview with Paul Noth


From Eli Stein’s website, “We All Have to Start Somewhere Dept. Case in Point #16,” this post featuring work by Al Ross


From Salon, October 21, 2001, “The New Yorker writer that time forgot,” this review of a Wolcott Gibbs anthology, Backward Ran Sentences

[ in the earliest days of The New Yorker, Gibbs, as Katharine White’s assistant, was  given the sometimes unenviable task of hand holder, which meant talking to the artists, sending them notes, handing them rejections, etc..

Charles Addams fans might remember that Addams illustrated several book jackets for Gibbs, including Season in the Sun (Random House, 1951) and More in Sorrow (Holt, 1958) ]