Friday, November 10, 2006

FAGBOK(?):The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker

The New Yorker er et amerikansk blad som kommer ut (nesten) hver uke. Det er kjent for høyt literært og intellektuelt nivå. Dessuten er det kjent for sine vitsetegninger; enkle små og tørrvittige tegninger i svart-hvitt. Fra 1925 til 2004 har de trykket 68647 slike.

Boken er delt opp i perioder på 10 år. Hver slik periode har en innledning som beskriver perioden og de viktigste tegnerne.
Det morsomste for meg var å se de eldste tegningene. Jeg vet jo egentlig veldig lite om livet i New York på 20-tallet. Når man ser på vitsene fra den perioden så virker rike amerikanere omtrent som vårt bilde av engelsk adel. Noen av vitsene er morsomme, men mange av dem er ikke mulige å forstå siden de tar opp hendelser som er helt ukjente for meg. Tegningene fra krigen er også veldig interessante.

Ellers er jo James Thurber tidløs og stadig en av de morsomste tegnerne jeg kjenner.

Sitat fra en typisk vits(to eldre menn i sin "engelske" klubb): "The poor are getting poorer, but with the rich getting richer it all averages out in the long run".

Dette er en stor bok. 4,5 kilo. 650 sider i nesten A3-format. Men stadig er den ikke stor nok til å trykke alle de 68647 tegningene. Så de har valgt ut de 2004 beste. Resten finnes på to vedlagte cd-plater.

Kan kjøpes på amazon.

Amazon sier:
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. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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