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Robert Mankoff (Author) Robert Mankoff is the cartoon editor of The New Yorker and the founder and president of the Cartoon Bank. He is an accomplished cartoonist, the author of The Naked Cartoonist, and the editor of The New Yorker Book of Cartoon Puzzles and Games (both from Black Dog & Leventhal), as well as many cartoon collections. He lives in Hastings, New York.WILL SHORTZ has been the puzzle master for NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday since the program's start in 1987. He's also the crossword editor of The New York Times, the former editor of Games magazine, and the founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (since 1978). He is the only person in the world to hold a college degree in Enigmatology, the study of puzzles, which he earned from Indiana University in 1974. He lives near New York City. Adam Gopnik (Author) ADAM GOPNIK has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. His work for the magazine has won the National Magazine Award for Essay and Criticism and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. From 1995-2000, Gopnik lived in Paris, where the newspaper Le Monde praised his 'witty and Voltairean picture of French life.' He now lives in New York with his wife, Martha Parker, and their two children, Luke and Olivia.
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. (Oct. 5) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"It's not too much of a stretch to say that this book can improve lives."-The Onion
Thematic compilations of New Yorker cartoons have been published before, but this hefty, oversized hardcover-comprising over 2000 black-and-white cartoons selected by New Yorker cartoon editor Mankoff-will serve as a definitive collection (for now). In addition to the cartoons, which are organized by decade, the book boasts commentary by the likes of Roger Angell, Lillian Ross, John Updike, Calvin Trillin, and Ian Frazier, as well as brief, thematic essays (e.g., cars, the Internet) and biographies of significant artists such as James Thurber, Charles Addams, and Roz Chast. It is also equipped with two discs that include all 68,647 cartoons published in the magazine from 1925 through February 2004. Although the resolution is adequate for viewing on computer screens and casual printing in small sizes only, the keyword searching has its limitations. For example, the term Mother Goose produces only two hits, while The New Yorker's own Mother Goose compilation has dozens more. Of course, creating a thorough subject index for such a multitude of cartoons is a daunting task. As Nancy Franklin notes, "They're easy to pin up, and impossible to pin down." Even though this work offers hours of entertainment, it may have a slightly limited if enthusiastic audience. Still, it is highly recommended for any library that has New Yorker readers, serves schools offering courses in cartooning and popular culture, or would find a collection of the first 80 years of New Yorker cartoons of interest from an archival viewpoint.-Ann Carlson, Oak Park and River Forest H.S., IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.