By Douglas Wolk
Hand-Drawing, Hand-Drying, and Hand-Wringing in Ben Katchor’s America
● Hand-Drying in America: And Other Stories By Ben Katchor Pantheon, 160 pages, $29.95 Ben Katchor knows well that the city is an incredibly weird place. Specifically, it’s a place where weirdness has accumulated over time, propelled by the endless cycle of commercial solutions to urban problems and by the new problems the solutions create….
Everything Isn’t Illuminated
EL ILUMINADO: A GRAPHIC NOVEL by Ilan Stavans and Steve Sheinkin Basic Books, 208 pages, $24.99 ‘I suppose you’ll turn the whole murky mystery into some preposterous page-turner,” one of Ilan Stavans’s academic colleagues tells him as “El Iluminado” gets moving. “‘The Da Vinci Code,’ with matzo and salsa picante.” That would be the best-case…
Faster Than A Speeding Tallis
Superman Is Jewish? By Harry Brod Free Press, 240 pages, $25 There has been a little boom, recently, in books about the links between Jews and comic books. Stack up Simcha Weinstein’s “Up, Up, and Oy Vey: How Jewish History, Culture, and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero,” Danny Fingeroth’s “Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews,…
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