Review: How About Never–Is Never Good for You?

How About Never–Is Never Good for You? My Life in Cartoons – Bob Mankoff81zsXPa4jyL

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The New Yorker is known for the single-panel cartoons that punctuate its articles, an artistic tradition that dates to the first half of the twentieth century. In How About Never–Is Never Good for You?, current New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff leads readers through that history, one closely entwined with his own.  What begins as a memoir becomes a book about cartoons, cartooning, and the inner workings of the New Yorker cartoon department. Readers hoping for light shed on Mankoff’s life may find themselves disappointed; details such as his three marriages are glossed over in a matter of sentences. However, anyone who has puzzled over the meaning of a New Yorker cartoon or tried in vain to win the magazine’s caption contest will find much to enjoy in Mankoff’s writing–and his liberal inclusion of past New Yorker cartoons.

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