Out on the 20th of this month from Nan A. Talese is Deirdre Bair’s Saul Steinberg: A Biography. (see your favorite online bookseller for more details).
From Publishers Weekly Review:
“The pre-eminent New Yorker cartoonist leads a life worthy of his own ironic art in this scintillating biography … Steinberg emerges as a tangle of neurotic contradictions … Bair’s long and amply researched biography unfolds in a graceful prose that’s stocked with absurdist scenes and colorful characters … Her breezy writing works subtly and slyly to unearth psychological depths beneath that amusing surface of the Steinbergian picaresque.”
From Liza Donnelly’s Forbes column, News Junkie, watch her draw the above cartoon in this video
New Yorker cartoonist Liam Walsh brought this intersection of Steinberg and Alfred Hitchcock to my attention. From Hitchcock’s 1955 film, The Trouble with Harry, the opening credits.
Ink Spill visitors might remember that Liam also alerted this site to another Hitchcock/New Yorker connection. In Hitchcock’s 1944 film, Lifeboat, Eustace Tilley has a cameo at the 2:04 mark (sorry, you’ll have to find the Youtube clip).
From Speaker System, “10 1/2 Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said” (W. W. Norton & Co.) This new book by Charles Wheelan is illustrated by the one and only Peter Steiner. Visit your neighborhood online book seller for a peek inside.
From newyorker.com, June 1, 2012, “Ed Koren Arrives” — Mark Singer on Mr. Koren’s 50th anniversary at The New Yorker. (a slideshow accompanies the post).
From Omnicomic, May 31, 2012, “MoCCA Gets a Miami Makeover” Aline Kominsky-Crumb collaborates with Dominique Sapel (exhibit opens June 14th).
From Fiction Writers Review, June 1, 2012, “The Flyleaf” — with an inaugural cartoon by Tom Toro
From Costume Direct, some semi-familiar garb
From The Huffington Post, May 31, 2012, “Should Science Crack the Humor Code?” (with Steinberg content)
From Tall Tale Radio, May 24, 2012, this audio interview with Liza Donnelly
From newyorker.com., May 31, 2012, “In Dreams Begin Cartoons” — Bob Mankoff (with a little help from Sam Cobean, Robert Leighton, Joe Dator, and Kaamran Hafeez ) explores the relationship between zzzzzs and cartoons.
From the Library Journal, their Fall preview lists a third book of observations on art by John Updike, Always Looking: Essays on Art (Knopf). His first two: Just Looking (Knopf, 1989), and Still Looking (Knopf, 2005).
Also from The Library Journal, a listing for Saul Steinberg: A Biography (Nan A. Talese: Doubleday) by Deirdre Bair. This should be fascinating. According to the Library Journal’s listing, the author was allowed to “rummage through 177 boxes of never-before-seen materials to write this biography.”
Link here for the Library Journal’s post.
Looking for more Steinberg? Harold Rosenberg’s Saul Steinberg (Knopf, 1978) and Joel Smith’s Steinberg at The New Yorker ( Abrams, 2005) are worth seeking out, as are all of Steinbergs collections.