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3.0 out of 5 stars Too much of a good thing!, March 1, 2014
This review is from: How About Never--Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons (Hardcover)
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I love cartoons. I also like the New Yorker magazine - mostly for its cartoons. I find most of the articles too long - they take pages to say something that can be told in a few paragraphs. But I guess that is a style that many obviously like - since the New Yorker is pretty popular. Reading this book gave me the same feeling as reading the New Yorker - the cartoons are great but the narrative is too long and rather boring. So I would recommend this book only for great fans of the New Yorker.

Bob Mankoff tries to tell two stories through this book - his biography and what goes on in the New Yorker and what makes it click - that is its DNA. Having worked there for over 20 years and currently being the cartoon editor for the magazine, that is clearly a subject that he knows well. For the cartoon buffs who have enviously looked at the weekly cartoon caption contest of the New Yorker there is a special chapter 'How to "win" the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest'. But even this chapter goes on and on about trivialities before finally coming to 5 points on how to come up with a good caption. As I said before, that is the style.....
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Initial post: Mar 30, 2014 10:33:58 AM PDT
C. E. Selby says:
It's the going on and on parts of this book that are so wonderful!
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