August 20: better, definitely better
BETTER, DEFINITELY BETTER
The collapse of The New Yorker as cartoon mecca is a sad tale. There have been bright spots–Roz Chast, for example–but in general, year after year the work has gotten weaker and weaker, smaller and smaller. Lately, however, there are hopeful glimmers. Stronger artists, braver, more original stuff. An unhappy proportion of New Yorker cartoons are still exceedingly feeble, but these examples, lifted from The New Yorker issues of July 11 and 25, are definitely in the right direction.