Frank Modell’s Brendan Gill
I came away from a recent visit to my favorite (used) book store, Rodgers Book Barn in Hillsdale, New York with the brochure handed out at Brendan Gill’s memorial back in 1998 (see the details of the tribute below). I’m indebted to one of my book store haunting friends, Mark Burns for digging the brochure out of a box of ephemera and placing it right in front of my face (for the record, my other co-haunters were Danny Shanahan and John Cuneo). Frank Modell’s drawing of an exuberant Brendan Gill was new to me, and an obvious must-have, must-buy.
For more on Mr. Gill, I highly recommend his oft-reprinted Here At The New Yorker (the William Heinemann 1990 edition shown below). And for more on Mr. Modell there’s his collection Stop Trying To Cheer Me Up! as well as James Stevenson’s terrific The Life, Loves and Laughs of Frank Modell.
Further Reading: An earlier Spill piece on cartoonists and Rodgers Book Barn.
Tom Chitty Has A Question
From Jane Mattimoe’s fine Fine Case For Pencils, “Tom Chitty Has A Question About Dip Pens”
Mr. Chitty began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014. Visit his website here.
Today’s Daily Cartoonist/Cartoon
From The Brooklyn Rail, “Saul Steinberg: Untitled”
Comments on the Steinberg exhibit currently showing at Totah (til April 28th — hurry!)
Today’s Daily Shouts by…Seth Fleishman