Thurber Thursday: Conversations With Thurber; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; Article Of Interest: Eckstein & Shaw’s Elements Of Stress; Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist; Zoom Panel Of Interest: “…The Power Of Black Ink”; More Bliss & Martin

Here’s a book I just “rediscovered” on the shelf: Conversations With James Thurber, edited by Thomas Fensch, published by University Of Mississippi Press, 1989.

As far as I know there’s no other book like it out there. The Univ Of Mississippi Press has a series of these “Conversations” (in the Spill library: Conversations With…Truman Capote, S. J. Perelman, John Cheever, and John Updike).

The Contents of Conversations With James Thurber:


Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Jon Adams, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017, on a big tree replacement.

Visit Mr. Adams’ website here.


Article Of Interest: Eckstein & Shaw’s The Elements Of Stress

From Lit Hub, November 19, 2020, “A Handbook For Our Times: The Elements Of Stress”

Bob Eckstein began contributing to The New Yorker in 2007; Michael Shaw began contributing to The New Yorker in 1999.

Mr. Eckstein tells the Spill that there will be a Stress wall calendar. Details will appear here down the road.


Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

From Jason Chatfield (and Ginny Hogan): “Fun Ideas For My Next Existential Crisis”

Mr. Chatfield began contributing to The New Yorker in 2017. Visit his website here.



Zoom Panel Of Interest: “Cartoonists In Conversation: The Power Of Black Ink”

Late notice (apologies! the registration deadline has passed):

Today at 4:00 PT, hosted by The Charles Schulz Museum, a panel that includes a trio of New Yorker artists: Darrin Bell, Keith Knight, and Liz Montague.

Darrin Bell began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016; Keith Knight  in 2019; Liz Montague in 2019*

*The Schulz bio states Ms. Montague is ” the first Black female cartoonist for The New Yorker.” Emily Sanders Hopkins, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2004, is the magazine’s first known Black female cartoonist. 


More Martin & Bliss

[There’s been a pr blitz surrounding cartoonist Harry Bliss and comedian Steve Martin’s new cartoon collection, A Wealth Of Pigeons. The Spill will try to keep up with posting any new content of interest].

This piece, “Harry Bliss And Steve Martin On Their New Book of Cartoons”  from Vermont’s Seven Days includes a new interview.


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