Tales of New York neurosis from Roz Chast

Ideas & Opinion · Visual arts

New Yorker magazine cartoonist Roz Chast has a new book. That makes me super anxious. It’s not that I’m jealous. I would be totally fine, but I couldn’t sleep last night. I think the waiter at that restaurant was looking at me funny. Then my neighbors were keeping me up …

Chast’s new book, Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York, is a tour of her hometown’s hot spots … with drawings, stories, maps and more. I actually had that same idea myself, a few years ago, but I am pretty sure the post office lost my pitch letter. Maybe Roz found it and stole my idea? I’ll be sure to get on the book-signing line after her talk and ask her. (I can’t afford the book.)

She calls it “A Love Letter to New York.” Love! That’s a terrible subject for me. But I’m definitely going anyway … if my hair looks decent. 

Roz Chast has made me laff — not out loud but real hard inside my head — as many times as she has published cartoons  in the New Yorker. Since 1978, that number exceeds one thousand.

She wrote and illustrated the #1 NYT bestseller (100+ weeks) Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, a National Book Critics Circle Award and Kirkus Prize winner and finalist for the National Book Award; What I Hate: From A to Z; and her cartoon collections The Party, After You Left and Theories of Everything.

Going! (But it all depends on my hair.)

Roz Chast book talk | ALOUD at Central Library | Tues Oct 24

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