What I Hate: From A to Z

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The pages of the New Yorker are hallowed ground for cartoonists, and for the last thirty years, Roz Chast has helped set the magazine's cartooning standard, while creating work that is unmistakably her own- characterized by her shaggy lines, an ecstatic way with words, and her characters' histrionic masks of urban and suburban anxiety, bedragglement, and elation.

What I Hate is an A to Z of epic horrors and daily unpleasantries, including but by no means limited to rabies, ...

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Overview

The pages of the New Yorker are hallowed ground for cartoonists, and for the last thirty years, Roz Chast has helped set the magazine's cartooning standard, while creating work that is unmistakably her own- characterized by her shaggy lines, an ecstatic way with words, and her characters' histrionic masks of urban and suburban anxiety, bedragglement, and elation.

What I Hate is an A to Z of epic horrors and daily unpleasantries, including but by no means limited to rabies, abduction, tunnels, and the triple-layered terror of Jell-O 1-2-3. With never-before-published, full-page cartoons for every letter, and supplemental text to make sure the proper fear is instilled in every heart, Chast's alphabetical compendium will resonate with anyone well-versed in the art of avoidance- and make an instructive gift for anyone who might be approaching life with unhealthy unconcern.

Praise for Roz Chast:

"The wacky world Roz Chast has created in her cartoons is a parallel universe to ours, utterly recognizable in all its banalities and weirdnesses, but slightly askew."-Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

"The wryest pen since Dorothy Parker's."-O, the Oprah Magazine

"Where would we be without Roz Chast?…Chast's magnificent career-spanning collection…highlights her position as master of the deep interior, of the obsessions, the baseless fears and the weird proverbs to which we cling in our desperation not to leave the house."-Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, on Theories of Everything

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O, the Oprah Magazine credited The New Yorker's Roz Chast with possessing "the wryest pen since Dorothy Parker's." Michiko Kakutani described the wacky world she has created as "a parallel universe to ours, utterly recognizable in all its banalities and weirdnesses, but slightly askew." That delightfully out of kilter realm snaps into sharp focus in her new book, a collection of previously unpublished, cunningly adroit cartoons. A riotous alphabet city of abnormal situations.

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"In this neurotic spin on the classic alphabet book, longtime New Yorker staff cartoonist Chast shares a few of her least favorite things, with each letter suggesting a horror that you may never have even considered worrying about before: G for general anesthesia, K for kites, S for spontaneous human combustion, V for vision loss... Chast's funny, fuzzy-lined drawings make even the most mundane object send chills of unease down your spine... hypochondriacs and fans of Chast's twisted sense of humor will especially rejoice." - Library Journal

 

"With realistic, tongue-in-cheek foresight, the author spotlights a selection of the most commonplace, phobia-inducing situations (elevators, air travel, heights, etc.) and defuses them with brilliantly dry, flippant humor. A hilarious, collectively appealing index of words and pictures drawn with wry exuberance and a head-nodding relevancy." -Kirkus Reviews

"Chast's nervous cross-hatching and wiggly, double-penned lines are perfect for this catalogue of urban anxiety... Readers will find it most amusingly shocking to run across a worry they thought was uniquely theirs — realizing that someone else has considered all the ways you could die at a carnival is perversely comforting... An entertaining, rewarding flip-through." - Publishers Weekly

 

"An abecadarium of worry, doom, and gloom that is funny, fresh, and relatable." - Reader's Digest online

Kirkus Reviews

BelovedNew Yorkercartoonist shares an alphabetized listing of life's little irritants.

Veteran illustrator and humorist Chast (Too Busy Marco, 2010, etc.) has crafted a colorful career from parodying unsavory situations and maladies alongside the happenstances of the human condition. To truly enjoy her nimble pen and watercolor sketches, readers must be willing to laugh at their own harmless foibles. In the charming introduction, the author admits to being a life-long "anxious person," a chronic insomniac who is "genetically inclined to worry," and she brilliantly plays this personal shortcoming to maximum comical effect with the jagged line-drawing style and ironical wit that have become her trademarks. From the unsettling possibility of waking up during general anesthesia to the offbeat catastrophes of "Jell-O 1-2-3" and spontaneous human combustion, the author presents an A-to-Z catalog of distressing concerns and her unique take on "what might funny about them." Chast prefaces each pictorial with a short, personal preamble describing what it is about each subject that has become so bothersome for the apprehensive author. She lightheartedly exposes the inconvenient nuisance of nightmares and beach undertows, the unknown consequences of Ouija boards and the wincing "imminent explosion" of annoying balloons. Chast doesn't have much use for assumptive doctors, quicksand or carnivals, either (they're "particularly awful at night"). Her takes on vision loss ("the girl who sat too close to the TV"), "mysterious" dental tools and the dark sides of the color yellow are sure to elicit knowing chuckles. With realistic, tongue-in-cheek foresight, the author spotlights a selection of the most commonplace, phobia-inducing situations (elevators, air travel, heights, etc.) and defuses them with brilliantly dry, flippant humor.

A hilarious, collectively appealing index of words and pictures drawn with wry exuberance and a head-nodding relevancy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608196890
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 278,284
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.30 (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 hundreds of cartoons and written or illustrated more than a dozen 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    I love Roz Chast's cartoons!

    And this book is no exception. Smart and funny!

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