From the blog, Little Gothic Horrors, November 30, 2012,“An Addams Family Collaboration”
Deidre Bair’s Saul Steinberg: A Biography (Nan A.Talese/Doubleday) has been named one of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2012.
From nudistnaturistamerica, November 29, 2012, “Naked Cartoons and Censorship”, Mick Stevens revisits his dots in this interview.
From boingboing, November 29, 2012, “Cartoonist Group Photo in Toronto Restaurant” — this fun photo includes, among others, Seth, Charles Burns, Adrian Tomine, and Chris Ware (whose Building Stories was just named one of the year’s 10 Best Books of 2012 by The New York Times).
From strandbooks.com, “New Yorker Cartoonists Victoria Roberts & Arnie Levin in Conversation” December 4th, 2012: 7pm – 8pm (note: those wishing to attend must buy a copy of Roberts’ new book, After the Fall, or a $10.00 Strand gift card).
Here’s a chance to have a multi-enjoyable evening, with a visit to NYC’s landmark Strand Books, as well as an hour spent in the company of two great New Yorker cartoonists. Arnie Levin began contributing to The New Yorker in 1974; Victoria Roberts was first published by the magazine in 1988. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find a copy of Levin’s wonderful 1980 cartoon collection, I’ll Skip the Appetizer — I Ate the Flowers while browsing through the Strand’s always interesting humor section.
The holiday season reminds me of the Algonquin Hotel, and once reminded I only have to look across my desk to the snowglobe pictured above. It was given to me years ago by friends who stayed at the hotel for a day or two.
I threw together the little scene above for Ink Spillers. The snowglobe sits atop Margaret Case Harriman’s Vicious Circle: The Story of The Algonquin Roundtable (Rinehart & Co., Inc., 1951. Illustrated by the late great Al Hirschfeld). Behind the globe is Frank Case’s Tales Of A Wayward Inn (Garden City Publishing, Inc., 1941. With seven illustrations, including one by James Thurber and another by Covarrubias ). My thanks to Jack Ziegler for adding Wayward Inn to our collection many moons ago. The Empire State Building and Chrysler Building are Times Square souvenirs. I found the tin Yellow Cab someplace years ago. There’s a sign on the trunk: “Always Be Careful Crossing Streets” — excellent advice then and now.
The mention of the Algonquin brings to mind a flood some of the biggest and brightest names associated with the earliest and earlier years of The New Yorker: Harold Ross, Dorothy Parker, Alexander Woollcott, Benchley, E.B. White, and Thurber, who made the place his second home when he wasn’t at his “great good place” in Connecticut. It was in the Algonquin lobby that Thurber and another of the magazine’s giants, Peter Arno, met for the last time just before Thurber’s death. And of course it was where William Shawn went for his cereal and orange juice lunch every week day during his long tenure as editor.
For those wanting much more on the Algonguin and its part in The New Yorker’s story, there are the books in the photo (Frank Case owned the Algonguin), as well as Thomas Kunkel’s terrific biography of Harold Ross, Genius in Disguise (Random House, 1995). There are plenty of other books with tales of the Algonquin — too many to mention at the moment. I will however note a few more books that go right to the heart of the matter:
Wit’s End: Days and Nights of the Algonquin Round Table by James R. Gaines (Booksurge Publishing, 2007)
The Algonquin Wits Edited by Robert E. Drennan (The Citadel Press, 1985)
The Lost Algonquin Round Table Edited by Nat Benchley and Kevin C. Fitzpatrick (iUniverse, Inc., 2009)
Here’s a fun post from washingtoncitypapers, November 26, 2012, “Gift Ideas for Comics Nerds (Part 1 of 2)” — it covers a number of folks not mentioned in the Ink Spill holiday book round-up.
From The New York Times Book Review, November 25, 2012), this review by Deborah Soloman of Deirdre Bair’s Saul Steinberg: A Biography (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday)
And The New Yorker’s Peter Schjeldahl looks at Bair’s biography in this week’s issue (December 3, 2012). The full review is only available online to subscribers.