Saturday, April 1, 2017

"NO! I'm talking silver bullets!"

      I was sorry to hear that long-time New Yorker cartoonist Jack Ziegler passed away Wednesday at 74.  He always brought a sense of the surreal to the classic cartoon form. Of the 1,600 cartoons he had published in the magazine, the above was always my favorite, dear to my heart because, well, it suggests the hard practical reality, the arm-twisting and ball-busting, that lie behind every successful image.  
   Or as Saul Bellow puts it, in The Adventures of Augie March, "everyone has bitterness in his chosen thing." How it looks from backstage is very different from how it looks from the audience. That's just the way it is. 

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