Art

Episode 76: Robert Mankoff

 In addition to his own drawings – you’ll recognize his pointilistic style – Robert Mankoff is the cartoon editor of The New Yorker. His cartoon captioned, “No, Thursday’s out. How about never—is never good for you?” is the magazine’s most frequently reprinted. And it provides the title for his new memoir. A funny talker, too. … Continue reading »

Art

Episode 36: Roz Chast

 Born in Brooklyn, Roz Chast is best known for her cartoons for The New Yorker, many other magazines, and more than a dozen books. We note with pleasure how much she sounds like a Roz Chast cartoon: smart, funny, just a bit fretful, and thoroughly appealing. Maybe that’s because her cartoons have taught us to … Continue reading »

Art / Old Masters

Episode 28: Al Jaffee

 Cartoonist Al Jaffee is the creator of the Mad Magazine fold-in. At age 92, he is the magazine’s longest-running contributor, partly explained by his remark, “Serious people my age are dead.” Born in Savannah, Georgia, he is the third southern Jew to do this program. PERSON: Harvey Kurtzman PLACE: The Muthaiga Country Club, Nairobi, Kenya … Continue reading »

Art

Episode 15: Maira Kalman

 One of America’s most beloved illustrators, Maira Kalman has drawn for children, with Max Stravinsky, the poet-dog; for adults, in the New Yorker; and for dancers, who share qualities of both, in creating sets for Mark Morris. She’s illustrated the new edition of The Elements of Style, been a “visual columnist” for the New York … Continue reading »