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Kvetch As Kvetch Can: Jewish Cartoons Hardcover – October 5, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307588882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307588883
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,368,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

KEN KRIMSTEIN’S cartoons have been published in the New Yorker, Punch, National Lampoon, the Wall Street Journal, Narrative, three of S. Gross’s cartoon anthologies, King Features’ “The New Breed” syndicated panel, Cosmopolitan, Science, Psychology Today, and more. He has written for New York Observer’s “New Yorker’s Diary” and has published pieces on humor websites, including McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Yankee Pot Roast, and Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood.
 

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I have been drawing cartoons since I figured out how to do Santa back in Mrs. Gilot's first grade class at the Alan B. Shepherd school. This passion followed me through High School, College, and when I started working at Ogilvy & Mather advertising in NYC, I made sure the old man himself wouldn't catch me as I ran from 48th Street to 43rd Street to drop off my cartoons at The New Yorker every Wednesday. After 10 years I broke in to that august publication (it was in May, actually), but in the meantime, my rejected cartoons had started a nice cartooning career for me. After I got into The New Yorker I started to concentrate on writing as well. When I met, well, won, a meeting with my new agent, Jennifer Lyons, at the Manhattan School for Children Charity Auction, she went ga-ga over my cartoons, we settled on a theme (Oh, those wacky Jews!) and I made the proposal. My editor, Aliza, laughed. So did others. And I've created over 100 new cartoons on this theme. As for the research, alas, it has been a lifetime affliction.

My cartoons have been published in the New Yorker, Punch, the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Narrative, three of S. Gross's cartoon anthologies, King Features' "The New Breed" syndicated panel, Cosmopolitan, Science, Psychology Today, and more. I've written for the New York Observer's "New Yorker's Diary" and has published pieces on humor websites, including McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Yankee Pot Roast, and Mr. Beller's Neighborhood.

I'm also an ad-guy in the wannabe Mad-Man mode.

I have three kids, a wife, and a cat. Bat left. Throw left.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Di Geff on October 23, 2010
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I'm still trying to pick my favorite cartoon, but it's just not possible! The sharpest, wittiest, most endearing celebration of any culture, ever. The brilliant and hilarious 'nudge-nudge-wink-wink' tone that Members of the Tribe will eat up (because, really, it all comes down to food) will not alienate the shiksas and sheygetzs of the world, but will, in fact, invite them in to a not-so-secret society to enjoy the jokes and gags that all boil down to human nature - and maybe a nice bowl of chicken soup.
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By Ken G. on October 5, 2010
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This collection of cartoons is always funny, most always snort chocolate egg cream out your nose funny, and immediately upon finishing, I was driven to pick up the phone and call my mother. So mothers, if your kids aren't calling, buy them this book.

Some of the cartoons hit you over the head, and some are delayed reaction funny. But what's especially compelling about this collection is that whether you are Jewish or not, you'll recognize the universal humanity and humor that leaps off of every page(and if you are Jewish, you'll most certainly recognize yourself).
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From know your cuts of pork on the front cover to the little Thurber-esque dog wearing a yarmulke on the back, I loved this collection of rapid-fire gags and zingers. Reading it brought me much oy and laughter. And if you're looking for a bargain -- and who isn't? -- this 90-something page gem costs only around 10 cents a laugh. Want a better bargain? Read it twice. And don't forget the high consumer holidays are coming -- I'm so glad I came across this book; I know what to give my mishpucha for Hanukkah now!
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Consistently funny, fresh and wise, Krimstein's KAKC is another addition to the canon of Jewish humor that is both a celebration and sometimes a loving criticism of all things Jewish. Did I mention it was also very, very funny? Page after page contains ouch-ingly recognizable situations and predicaments -- sort of postcards from the American shetl -- serving as his muse for our amusement. Cartoons as literature? Move over Philip Roth. Oh, did I say it was also very funny?
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By Jason Roeder on October 21, 2010
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I'm generally not a fan of Jewish humor, but this book takes some of the familiar tropes--food, family, guilt, etc.--and approaches them unexpectedly, not to mention hilariously. (I was particularly delighted by The Pillsbury Golem, the Rabbi Jim Jones, and the His and Shiksa's towels.) There's enough in here to satisfy both your traditional Jewish mother as well as your post-ethnic Heeb-reading nephew, so get them both a copy immediately.
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By Eleanor Rodenstein on November 8, 2013
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I enjoy reading it and keep it on my cocktail table. I think guests enjoy it . It's often clever.
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"Kvetch" made me kvell. The squiggly cartoons are wry, well-observed and uniformly a hoot. Krimstein comes off as authentically Upper West Side as Zabar's, as soul-enriching as chicken soup with matzoh balls.Somebody else wrote - obviously inspired by Levy's bread - that you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy this book. But it couldn't hurt,
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By sPARKs on October 26, 2010
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Make yourself happy. Buy this book. Warmly drawn, warmly conceived. Some of his cartoons are laugh out loud, some total improvisation. If you are a fan of Roz Chast I think you will find a bunch of these cartoons right up your alley. PG rated, making it a great coffee table book. Highly recommended.
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