Happy 91st Birthday, Edward Sorel!; From Pat Achilles: A Cartoon In The Time Of The Coronavirus; Thurber Thursday: Hirschfeld On Thurber’s Drawings

Happy 91st Birthday, Edward Sorel!

Bronx-born Edward Sorel turns ninety-one today! The Spill wishes him a very very Happy Birthday. To see this modern master’s work  visit his website.

Above left: Mr. Sorel’s New Yorker cover of October 5, 1992 — the first cover under Tina Brown’s editorship of the magazine.

Above right: Mr. Sorel’s must-have Unauthorized Portraits, published by Knopf in 1997.

I’ve always enjoyed this passage from the May 14, 1978 New York Times review of Superpen: The Cartoons and Caricatures of Edward Sorel

“The satire is caustic, anti-authority and thought-provoking; it is also, miraculously, verbally and graphically funny.”

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From Pat Achilles: A Cartoon In The Time Of The Coronavirus

Pat Achilles began contributing to The New Yorker in October of 2018.  You can see more of her work here.  My thanks to her for sending in this drawing.

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Thurber Thursday: Hirschfeld on Thurber’s Drawings

I can’t quite remember how I ran across this short passage the other day. My treks through Thurber country often take unexpected paths. Anyway…while flipping through Neil Grauer’s 1994 Thurber biography, Remember Laughter, I spotted this passage quoting the late great Al Hirschfeld talking about Thurber’s drawings (Mr. Grauer interviewed Mr. Hirschfeld for the biography). It seemed well worth sharing:

“In the view of Al Hirschfeld, Thurber drew ‘like most writers’ draw. He cited other as examples the simple but captivating sketches of Edward Lear nonsense poet nonpareil, and Clarence Day whose memoirs of ‘life with father’ appeared in The New Yorker before they became a book and a play. ‘Lear and other writers who drew, they all seemed to draw the same way,’ Hirschfeld said. ‘They managed to keep that childlike creativity in their line.’

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