Updike’s Thurber Dog Went To Harvard; Video Of Interest: Emma Allen & Maddie Dai; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Last week we were thrilled to see John Updike’s Thurber dog drawing (shown to the left) courtesy of Miranda Updike. Today we learn that Thurber’s dog  traveled with Updike from his latter childhood home, in Plowville, Pennsylvania, to Harvard Yard (Updike went to Harvard from 1950 through 1954). Here, courtesy of Michael Updike, is a letter John Updike wrote home

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Updike’s Thurber

Above:  John Updike’s Thurber dog drawing, courtesy of Miranda Updike What can I say: I love intersections (I even live at one). Not long ago I wrote about my leaving Manhattan to live on a dairy farm in a sleepy town on the edge of the Catskills. It turned out the town once was home of Dr. Fitz Foord’s sanitorium,

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Video of Interest: John Updike & New Yorker Cartoons; From Ink Spill’s Archives: Art of The New Yorker Ephemera

  The late John Updike (he died in 2009) wrote almost as much about the magazine’s cartoons and cartoonists as any New Yorker contributor outside of the Art/Cartoon Department [see below].  Here we have a chance to see him for five and-a-half minutes,  up close with some of the magazine’s most iconic drawings, including James Thurber’s Seal in the Bedroom,

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Updike & Roth (John & Arnold)…and Henry Bech

“All cartoonists are geniuses, but Arnold Roth is especially so. The first time I saw a Roth drawing, I was zapped…A superabundant creative spirit surges through a Roth drawing like electricity; the lines sizzle.” — From John Updike’s introduction  to Poor Arnold’s Almanac (Fantagraphic Books, 1998).                   I’ve been running into Arnold

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