Librarians tour New Yorker’s library; S.J. Perelman’s Steinberg Artifacts

Librarians tour New Yorker’s Library:

From The Desk Set, April 14, 2011,  this piece, “The New Yorker Library (aka the best place on earth).” In the above photo from the post: a glimpse of William Hamilton’s, J.B. Handelsman’s and Alice Harvey’s  scrapbooks.

S.J. Perelman’s Steinberg Artifacts:

Yesterday afternoon while re-reading Prudence Crowther’s Introduction to her  book, Don’t Tread on Me; The Selected Letters of S.J. Perelman (Viking, 1987)  I came across this wonderful passage describing Perelman’s apartment at The Gramercy Park Hotel:

Except for a Victorian swivel chair, the furniture was largely the hotel’s, which made it all the more appropriate, somehow, that on his dresser were a number of Steinberg artifacts — a false matchbox, notebook, and fancifully labeled wine bottle, all gifts.  Why so many tokens from the artist? Steinberg was indebted, he said, to anyone who saved him time, and when he arrived in America in 1942 and encountered Sid’s work, his first experience of “the popular native avante garde,” it gave him an invaluable shortcut to the cliches of American culture.

For more on Steinberg’s life and work, visit:  The Saul Steinberg Foundation

And to see his New Yorker work, visit The New Yorker’s Cartoon Bank

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