Fave Photo Of The Day: Eckstein & Finck

From the Liana Finck and Bob Eckstein joint appearance last night at the Barnes & Noble at 86th & Lexington.  Their respective (new) books can be seen on the big screen behind them.

Ms. Finck began contributing to The New Yorker in 2013.

Mr. Eckstein began contributing to The New Yorker in 2007.

— photo courtesy of Bob Eckstein

The Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of December 17, 2018

The Cover:  You want Santa Claus on the cover of The New Yorker, you got him.  Here’s the cover artist, John Cuneo talking about his terrific cover as well as George Price (and others) as inspiration along the way.

The Cartoonists This Week:

The Cartoons & Illustrations: Twenty illustrations this week, with four-and-a-half of those full pages.  Twelve cartoons. 

Next Week: the last issue of 2018 — it’s a double issue.

Still Missing: Rea Irvin’s iconic Talk masthead, replaced last year.  Read about it here.  My my my, what a thing of beauty:

 

 

Still Buying Thurber

Yesterday was the 124th anniversary of the birth of humorist, cartoonist par excellence, James Thurber. Next year there’ll be at least two new books celebrating the 125th anniversary.  Can’t wait!

Prepping for next year, and perhaps celebrating this anniversary I recently bought a Thurber book that I already own, but with a different dust cover, and by a different publisher.  I’d never seen this edition until this week, and was immediately taken by it.  The Thurber man in white line on a blue field is strikingly beautiful. As you see above, the book (published in 1950) combines My Life and Hard Times with The Owl in the Attic.

I have each title as its own book, but also a 1930s Blue Ribbon version that duplicates the above two-fer. The Blue Ribbon edition has yet another cover:

The new addition to the Spill’s library brings the number of Hamish Hamilton Thurber titles here to four.  The other three: Thurber’s Dogs, A Thurber Garland, and The Years With Ross. I believe there’s now a Hamish Hamilton Thurber collection underway. Yippy!

If you’re interested in books about Thurber as well as by Thurber here’s “About Thurber” a Spill post from April of last year.

My my my, there certainly are a lot of books about my cartoonist hero,  James Thurber. I thought it would be fun to show the ones in the Spill‘s library, but ran into two more while checking online for any current titles I’d missed ( #11, listed below, is out just this month…are there even more? Let me know). Three of the books below have been indispensable to me: Burton Bernstein’s biography,  Bowden’s bibliography, and Harrison Kinney’s massive biography.  I bought Mr. Bernstein’s biography while in college along with Brendan Gill’s Here At the New Yorker.  Those two books (along with The Thurber Carnival) were my rocket fuel to Manhattan and to the pages of the New Yorker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(pictured at the top of the post: a Thurber eraser)

 

1. James Morsberger.  James Thurber. Twaynes United States Authors Series, 1964.

2. Edwin T. Bowden.  James Thurber: A Bibliography. Ohio State University Press,  1968.

3. Richard C. Tobias. The Art of James Thurber. Ohio University Press, 1969.

4. Charles S. Holmes.  The Clocks of Columbus. Athenium, 1972.

5. Burton Bernstein. Thurber.  Dodd, Mead, 1975.

6. Robert Emmet Long.  James Thurber.  Continuum, 1988.

7. Thomas Fensch (Ed.). Conversations With James Thurber. University Press of Mississippi, 1989.

8. Neil A. Grauer.  Remember Laughter: A Life of James Thurber. University of Nebraska Press, 1994.

9. Harrison Kinney.  James Thurber: His Life and Times. Henry Holt, 1995.

10. Alan Vanneman.  James Thurber: A Readers Guide. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015.

11. Bob Hunter.  Thurberville. Trillium, 2017.

The Tilley Watch Online, The Week Of December 2-7, 2018; Even More Murals By Steinberg; Event Of Interest: Liana Finck & Bob Eckstein

 New Yorker cartoonists who contributed to the Daily Cartoon this week: Brendan Loper, Farley Katz, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, and Trevor Spaulding.

And those contributing to Daily Shouts: Mimi Pond, Roz Chast, and Amy Kurzweil.

To see all the work above, and more, link here.

___________________________________________________

Even More Steinberg Murals

In a Facebook discussion the other day involving murals by Charles Addams and Steinberg,  Joel Smith, who authored Steinberg At The New Yorker (Harry N. Abrams, 2005) commented on Paul Karasik‘s Facebook stream that Steinberg created two incredibly long murals: one 260 ft., and another even longer. I asked Mr. Smith where best we might go online to see the murals.  Here are his suggested links:

“The Americans” for the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels

The Milan Triennial, 1954 (on the timeline, scroll down to 1954, the Milan Triennial)

— photo above: Steinberg on the far right, wearing hat, stands before his mural in Brussels.

________________________________________________

Event of Interest: Liana Finck & Bob Eckstein

The info appears on the posters, but here it is again: Liana Finck & Bob Eckstein appearing together at Barnes & Noble 86th & Lexington, NYC,  Monday December 10, at 7pm.

__________________________________________________