From Publishers Weekly
What could be better than a gigantic 656-page collection of 2,004 (get it?) of the best cartoons published in the New Yorker
over the last 80 years? Perhaps a double CD set with all 68,647 cartoons ever published in the magazine—complete with a nifty search function that allows readers to search for cartoons by year of publication or by cartoonist's name. This improbably large offering is a bonanza of wry Manhattan-centric comic commentary on urban life and much else in American culture over the years. There's Peter Arno's 1948 ink-and-wash cartoon of a mildly concerned matron, book in hand, asking her newspaper-reading husband, "Is there a Mrs. Kinsey?" Or Peter Steiner's now famous cartoon drawing of two dogs chatting in front of a computer. "On the Internet," says one canine to the other, "nobody knows you're a dog." The book offers an introduction by New Yorker
editor David Remnick and short essays introducing each decade—which readers may want to read after perusing the cartoons first—by such New Yorker
luminaries as Roger Angell, Lillian Ross and John Updike. This is an absolutely fabulous collection of sophisticated silliness that will soon take its rightful place on coffee tables all over the country.
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Issued as part of the New Yorker
's eightieth anniversary celebration, this greatly oversize, undeniably heavy, but amazingly low-priced volume collects, in two formats, the cartoons that have appeared in the pages of that magazine over the course of its distinguished publishing history. Home to outstanding prose and poetry, the New Yorker
has also enjoyed an outstanding reputation for its weekly showcasing of socially and politically satiric and, yes, cerebral--but also downright hilarious--cartoons from some of the most popular, cutting-edge, and stiletto-sharp cartoonists of the day. The book itself gathers 2,500 of the most representative cartoons for display, but two accompanying CDs contain all the cartoons (68,647, to be exact) ever published in the magazine. Arrangement is by chapter, with each covering a decade of the New Yorker
's existence. Chapters are introduced by noted New Yorker
writers, including John Updike, Roger Angell, and Lillian Ross. A testament--a tribute--to the great magazine but also an absolutely special way to spend quality time. Brad HooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved