Happy Birthday, Mr. Arno

                The late great New Yorker artist, Peter Arno was born 110 years ago today at home in Morningside Heights, New York.  As many regular visitors to Ink Spill know, I began a biography of Mr. Arno back in 1999.   Someday, a publisher willing, Mad At Something: The Life and Times of Peter

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Roth

Philip Roth, who celebrates his 80th birthday today, was first published in The New Yorker the issue of March 14, 1959, with his story, “Defender of the Faith” causing an immediate stir (see the upcoming PBS American Masters profile “Philip Roth: Unmasked”  for, among so many other things,  Mr. Roth’s recollection of buying, opening up, reading and rereading his story

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Naked Cartoonists; Raconteur #2; An Excerpt from Peter Steiner’s latest book

  This coming October, Fantagraphics will publish Naked Cartoonists: Drawers Drawing Themselves Without Drawers. Gary Groth has edited the collection of self portraits that includes work by Lee Lorenz, George Booth, Eldon Dedini, Mike Twohy, Sam Gross, Gahan Wilson and Arnie Levin.  Amazon offers a look inside the book, including a full list of contributors   And available right now

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