Otto Soglow’s Little King: “He just happened.”

Cartoon Monarch: Otto Soglow & The Little King (IDW Publishing, 2012) Introduction by Ivan Brunetti Foreward by Jared Gardner     What’s not to like about this handsome volume? If I had my way every cartoonist of note would celebrated thusly: beautifully reproduced work (both black & white and color), with a thorough and informed foreward.  Mr. Gardner takes us

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The New Yorker’s Art Meeting: A Potted History

    It’s tempting to believe that the structure of The New Yorker’s Art Department arrived fully formed in 1924 when Harold Ross, with his wife Jane Grant  began pulling together his dream magazine.  But of course, such was not the case.   What we know for certain is that once the first issue was out,  Ross and several of

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Book of Interest: Conversations with William Maxwell

  Barbara Burkhardt, who wrote William Maxwell: A Literary Life (University of Mississippi Press, 2005) has edited Conversations with William Maxwell (University of Mississippi Press,  June, 2012. Maxwell, who joined The New Yorker in 1936, was originally hired as a hand holder for the Artists, taking over from Wolcott Gibbs, who had tired of the task.  The job required Maxwell

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Rough Arno

From Attempted Bloggery, January 31, 2012, “He can’t remember his name…” —  a look at a Peter Arno rough sketch.  The published version appeared in The New Yorker, June 6, 1942.

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