OK, so now Springsteen is coming to the Fellowship. Not really, but Tuesday brings a seminar by Bob Mankoff, the New Yorker’s cartoon editor. He’ll be in AA most of the week, promoting the magazine’s cartoon issue, which comes out tomorrow.
He’s actually doing five different talks around campus, starting with one tomorrow at noon on the history of the magazine’s cartoon tradition, with a slide show of 100 of the best from the ’20s on. This is a must-see for me, and unless someone stands up and says, “It’s all off the record,” I am so blogging it.
When I was a kid, my parents had a New Yorker cartoon anthology now in my possession, and I used to pore over it. Much of what I know about mid-century American pop culture I picked up there, not to mention my familiarity with the works of Peter Arno, James Thurber, Charles Addams and other greats. If he’s half as interesting as I hope he’ll be, it’ll be a great time.