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Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected Cartoons, 1978-2006 Paperback – October 28, 2008
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About the Author
Roz Chast was born in Brooklyn and now lives in Connecticut. Her cartoons have appeared in countless magazines, and she is the author of many books, including The Party, After You Left.
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Almost 30 years of Chast's nervous little drawings, created mainly for The New Yorker, have been collected in a ridiculously huge volume called "Theories of Everything," published by Bloomsbury. David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker, introduces the collection.
The book's weighty title (and weighty weight) is part of the joke. Chast's kitchen-sink characters and fussy squiggles insult the very notion of a pretentious coffee-table book. Each panel looks as if it's been crumpled up, left in the pocket of a denim jumper and sent through the wash twice. The pages swarm with balding, dot-eyed men, dowdy ladies in horn-rimmed glasses, and dumb kids with one protruding tooth. Background objects like floor rugs, lamps and couches are rendered as itchy glyphs.
Under the big-little-book joke, however, lies a big-big-book genius. Using bathwater-gray washes and tiny lines that clump like hair in a bathroom drain, Chast maps out the interstices of the human mind, the between-meals, between-shaves, between-everything hours that fill the vast majority of life.
For example, as a man watches an opera, we are privy to his innermost thoughts. "La, la, la, duck falling off a ladder...ha, ha, Ethel Merman's shoe," he muses to himself as he falls asleep. Another man sits on a couch with a thought balloon over his head: "Birth, bed, bath, beer, bankruptcy, bunions, bifocals, balding and beyond.Read more ›
The targets of Ms. Chast's work include just about everything and everybody you will encounter in your life and it is very unlikely there is an interpersonal relationship you are suffering through that will not be present on these pages in a way that helps you laugh at your own small worries. She also nicely deals with the blither of modern life, from retail stores to the proliferation of award categories.
Roz Chast's work is jittery and completely on-target. I recommend this book highly to those who like off-beat visual humor.
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Roz Chast is one of the most insightful observers of the human experience which she communicates to hilarious effect in this huge collection of cartoons.Published 18 days ago by Leslie Giuliani
A fantastic collection of Ros Shast cartoons, but many are too darn small to read!Published 10 months ago by Fiona Vidal-White
Roz Chast is a genius; she understands us all, most particularly New Yorkers.Published 11 months ago by Azaz
Roz Chast is wonderful! Nevertheless, you should put this volume on your coffee table and read only bits at a time. This will keep you amused for a very long time.Published 11 months ago by Whibley
I bought this for my girlfriend, who is a huge fan of Roz Chast- but she was nice enough to let me look though it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Michael J. Edelman