The New Yorker / Cartoon Assistant


From 2009-2010, I worked as the assistant to Robert Mankoff, cartoon editor at The New Yorker. In addition to organizing cartoons and the magazine’s caption contest, I also contributed to Book Bench and covered the 2009 New Yorker Festival. Here is one of them:

Earlier today, Cressida Leyshon moderated a kaffeeklatsch (which is apparently German for “event with lots of delicious mini-bagels”) with Donald Antrim, A. M. Homes, George Saunders, and Gary Shteyngart, on the topic of heroes and anti-heroes. For those who couldn’t be there, here’s a helpful key to the differences between the two:

  • Superman: Hero

  • Superman drinking a 30 rack of cheap beer: Anti-hero

  • My grandfather who served in the Second World War: Hero

  • My other grandfather who served in the Korean War: Anti-hero

  • The guy at my gym who wears spandex but doesn’t care what people think: Hero

  • The guy who wears an Insane Clown Posse t-shirt at my gym: Anti-hero

  • Abraham Lincoln: Hero

  • Abe Lincoln in a dark office taking a long drag from his unfiltered cigarette, looking a sexy woman in the eyes and saying, “Yeah, sure, doll face, I’ll take care of your problem. But it’ll cost ya”: Anti-hero

  • An oblong roll filled with various meats, cheeses, vegetables, spices, and sauces: Hero

  • Bread stuffed inside a slab of ham: Anti-hero