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The New Yorker Book of Literary Cartoons
Here is a cornucopia of 104 dead-on drawings and eye-opening ruminations on all things bookish, writerly, and readerly, courtesy of The New Yorker's renowned stable of cartoonists, including Charles Barsotti, Roz Chast, Ed Koren, J.B. Handelsman, Jack Ziegler, and Victoria Roberts. In the bestselling tradition of such classics as The New Yorker Book of Lawyer Cartoons and ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published August 27th 2002 by Washington Square Press
(first published 2000)
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Sep 03, 2009 Schnaucl rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: bibliophiles
A fine collection of literary cartoons. Some of them I had to stretch to see the literature/book reference but most had an obvious connection. There were a lot of cartoons about rejection letters and first time novelists though. There were some funny cartoons but nothing that made me more than smile.
Much like the comics scattered throughout an issue of the New Yorker itself, one or two make you chuckle and the rest are loathsome. "Literary cartoons" was perhaps a loosely defined moniker or else its parameters were expanded in order to fill the book-size--whatever the reasoning,w ait, check that, I don't think there was much reasoning put into this.
As one of the millions of unpublished writers (probably on this sight....maybe multiple millions) I found these side splitting to mildly humorous. I think one of my favorites is the man standing on a tall stack of self-help books, with a noose around his neck.