It’s pub day for Ken Krimstein’s wonderful Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt (Bloomsbury Publications).
“The astounding life of a 20th-century original as told by a skillful cartoonist frolicking in long form . . . A compelling performance with great pacing that makes abstruse political theory both intelligible and memorable.” ?Kirkus (Starred Review)
“As Krimstein deftly weaves Arendt’s life and thought, he captures the excitement of the philosophical enterprise in both word and image. . . Both smart and entertaining; highly recommended and not just for graphic novels readers.” ?Starred Review, Library Journal
Mr. Krimstein began contributing his cartoons to The New Yorker in August of 2000.
Hear Mr. Krimstein speaking to Gil Roth on Mr. Roth’s Virtual Memories Show podcast.
See Mr. Krimstein in conversation with Roz Chast and Nancy Miller in NYC, October 4th.
If you’re in Chicago, see Mr. Krimstein discuss his book at The American Writers Museum, September 27th.
The Cover: What a beauty by Marcellus Hall! Read about it here. I was really surprised when the cover popped up on my screen this morning — was fully expecting a political cover.
The Illustrations: The New Yorker has certainly become a — if not the — mainstream magazine showcase for illustration. It’s become a blend of the best of Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and Gourmet (remember Gourmet? What a good looking magazine that was). The 20 illustrations in the issue, including 5 1/2 full pages, far surpass the number and space afforded the 16 cartoons.
The Cartoons: A newbie this week: Pat Achilles. Ms. Achilles is the 6th new cartoonist introduced this year and the 18th new cartoonist to be introduced since Emma Allen was appointed cartoon editor in May of 2017.
Rea Irvin: In 1924, when the New Yorker was still in the development phase, Harold Ross, the magazine’s founder and first editor, hired Mr. Irvin as art supervisor. We can be thankful to Mr. Irvin for a quartet of fundamental graphic elements that scream New Yorker :
1. Eustace Tilley, the magazine’s mascot.
2. The so-called Irvin Typeface (adapted, with permission from Allen Lewis).
3. The quality of the art itself, including covers, cartoons and spot drawings.
4. The Talk Of The Town masthead (shown below).
Those four pillars of the magazine remained intact until last year when Mr. Irvin’s Talk masthead was replaced by a redraw. Read about it here.
— See you next week.
Interview Of Interest: Peter Kuper
Here’s a recent interview from The Drunken Odyssey — A Podcast About The Writing Life, with Peter Kuper, who began contributing to The New Yorker in June of 2011. Mr. Kuper’s latest book, Kafkaesque: Fourteen Stories was noted in The New York Times’ New & Noteworthy column of September 18th.
Link here to Mr. Kuper’s website for much more info
More Steinberg on Attempted Bloggery
Stephen Nadler continues noting Steinberg pieces up for auction. The latest is Steinberg’s Three New Yorkers. Read more here.
The Daily Cartoons were 4/5s in the realm of Trump this week. The contributing cartoonists: Kim Warp, Jason Chatfield (with Scott Dooley), Mike Twohy, Karl Stevens (not yet a print contributor), and Brendan Loper (who probably appears most regularly on the Daily).
The Daily Shouts contributing New Yorker cartoonists this week: Emily Flake, Liana Flake, and Olivia de Recat.
You can see all the work (and more) here.
Two favorite Spill blogs to visit!
…A New Yorker State Of Mind: Reading Every Issue Of The New Yorker takes a fascinating deep dive into the issue of September 14, 1929, with a cover by the great Rea Irvin. (also in the post: an appreciated shout-out to the Arno biography). Read here.
…And Attempted Bloggery tells us about a beautiful Steinberg piece (dated 1965) up for auction. I’ve yet to see anyone top Steinberg’s Chrysler Building drawings. Incredible. Take a look here.
Latest New Yorker Cartoons Rated
Cartoon Companion is back with a look at all 18 cartoons in the latest New Yorker (the issue of September 24th). Seth Fleishman’s itchy grim reaper was awarded “top toon” … Read it all here.
…Here’s a piece about Good Rosie!, Harry Bliss’s latest children’s book (Kate Dimillo wrote it, Mr. Bliss illustrated it).
…Last night’s book event at Greenlight Bookstore for Liana Finck was packed. Ms. Finck, whose book Passing For Human, is just out, appeared with Brooklyn’s own Roz Chast. Among the New Yorker colleagues in the audience: Hilary Campbell, Ed Steed, Bob Eckstein, Emma Allen (the magazine’s cartoon editor), Avi Steinberg, Karen Snider, and Felipe Galindo.
Here’s a photo from the event courtesy of Mr. Eckstein (Ms. Chast is on the left, Ms. Finck on the right):