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The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker (Book & CD) Paperback – October 8, 2006
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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.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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 Hooper
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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You could easily get nerve damage trying to hold it or might crush your fun parts having propped it in your lap to leaf your way through. Once placed with health and reason in mind, the pleasure of having at this gigantic brick sets off a voracious desire to not stop reading it--even at the cost of soiling yourself. Reading a half year's worth of cartoons per day worked for me, in terms ranging from hygiene to doing anything else that day.
Obviously, it is delightful reading because New Yorker cartoons managed to be eternal, universal, and topical from the beginning.
This is a book that would make the ten best list for desert island reading--a work read on that island with one palm tree and where you wear tattered white clothing as an incoming tide carries in its flotsam your ship's name plate "Irony."
Chronology!. Let's face it, days are stressful, Times are challenging. Sitting down to read these will be a breath of
fresh air to anyone who can use a Good Laugh and see that 'All is not Lost!!'. This Edition also had the Discs which include ALL of the Entire 634,000 cartoons, since the Book could only hold 2000 cartoons. We live in the snow belt, so we look forward to many more laughs as we curl up and savor the Comic Talents contained herein -- helps with Seasonal Affective Disorder.