The Party After You Left: Collected Cartoons 1995-2003

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The Party, After You Left brings together the last nine years of cartoons from Roz Chast. Together these drawings, which originally appeared in the New Yorker, Scientific American, Redbook, and other publications, constitute a spot-on record of our increasingly absurd existence. As the twenty-first century begins, we can only be grateful that Roz Chast is here to tackle some of the tough themes of the times: genetically altered mice, birthday parties from hell, and comfort ...

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Overview

The Party, After You Left brings together the last nine years of cartoons from Roz Chast. Together these drawings, which originally appeared in the New Yorker, Scientific American, Redbook, and other publications, constitute a spot-on record of our increasingly absurd existence. As the twenty-first century begins, we can only be grateful that Roz Chast is here to tackle some of the tough themes of the times: genetically altered mice, birthday parties from hell, and comfort drinks in the age of insecurity.

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Chances are, even if you don't recognize the name, you've seen Chast's work, which appears regularly in the New Yorker, Scientific American and Redbook, among other places. Her wit, humor and style are distinctive and sharp, poking fun at fads, fears and foibles with a gentle walking stick rather than a barbecue skewer. Chast is adept at pinpointing the source of humor, as in a strip entitled "Nancy Drew Mysteries-The Later Years," which features one possible future volume, Nancy Drew and the Mystery of the Eight Pounds. The eternal battles between parent and child are another common topic; "What's the matter? Maybe we don't carry enough of your fancy `gourmet items'?" reads a sign at the "Mom & Pop Grocerette." Another strip encapsulates "The Big Book of Parent-Child Fights." Chast also examines modern anxieties, as in "Recipes for Comfort Drinks." The "Cozy" includes cocoa, vodka and marshmallows: "Serves one nicely, but it's your call." Chast has a keen eye for the humor in ordinary situations and commonplace irritations. Her art is loose and sketchy, more akin to newspaper comic strips or magazine illustrations. While individual strips may seem only mildly amusing, the more one reads the funnier Chast gets. Split between b&w and full color images, this handsome hardcover edition is a fine conversation piece, which all the adults in the house can appreciate. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582343778
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 4/5/2004
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 8.03 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Roz Chast

Roz Chast was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her cartoons began appearing in the New Yorker in 1978. Since then, she has published over six hundred cartoons in the magazine. Her work also appears regularly in Scientific American and the Harvard Business Review. She has published several collections of her own cartoons, and has illustrated four children's books.

Biography

Roz Chast was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her cartoons began appearing in the New Yorker in 1978 - since then more than a thousand of her cartoons have appeared in the magazine, as well as in Scientific American, the Harvard Business Review, Redbook, Mother Jones, and many others. Michiko Kakutani has described her work as taking place in “a parallel universe to ours, utterly recognizable in all its banalities and weirdnesses, but slightly askew." She has written or illustrated more than a dozen books, and much of her work is collected in Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected Cartoons of Roz Chast, 1978-2006.
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